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--- Following message extracted from HOLYSMOKE @ 1:374/14 --- By Christopher Baker on Wed Apr 12 19:32:03 1995 From: LARRY SITES To: ALL Date: 10 Apr 95 11:20:00 Subj: Scientology protest 5-6 * * * * repost where appropriate * * * * PICKET SCIENTOLOGY MAY 6 The Church of Scientology has attacked the internet; 1) rmgrouped alt.religion.scientology (a.r.s.) 2) threatened remailers who allow posts to a.r.s. 3) threatened administrators who keep a.r.s. active 4) raided the home of an a.r.s. user 5) raided anon.penet.fi and got the name of a remailer user 6) attempted to overwhelm a.r.s. with off-topic and mega-postings. 7) sent a private investigator to harass an a.r.s. user 8) attempted to hack the phone bills of a.r.s. users 9) cancelled dozens of posts from a.r.s. 10) posted untrue, hurtful material against church critics on a.r.s. All the above is well documented in alt.religion.scientology and elsewhere. This is a *worldwide* call to picket the Church of Scientology Saturday May 6 (May 9 is Dianetics' birthday, a big holiday in Scientology) at your nearest Scientology or Dianetics center. Do so in a legal, safe and orderly manner to protest the church's blatant and continuing attacks against the internet. Contact your local police for guidelines on how to legally picket and to notify them as to the times you will be picketing. Notify your local media about the picket and the reason for your picketing. Provide the media with copies of posts from a.r.s. as evidence. You can get copies of documentation at the rnewman web page listed in my sig. Scientology is threatening the existence of a whole newsgroup because they don't like what their critics are saying there. Scientology threatens the ability of anonymous remailers to keep their users safe. Now is the time to let the Church of Scientology know that they can't mess with the internet. Scottsdale [Arizona] Tribune 3/18/95 "Scientologists, Internet users square off over computer missives" by Kelly Ettenborough A small skirmish in the ongoing fight between Internet users and the Church of Scientology International erupted in the Valley this week. Five local Internet users picketed the Church of Scientology of Arizona, in Mesa, earlier this week to protest the international church's efforts to close down their "newsgroup" on the Internet. The Internet, accessed by computer and modem, contains about 6,000 newsgroups on different topics in which people leave messages and information. The newsgroup in question is alt.religion.scientology, also known as a.r.s. Earlier this year, Scientology church officials requested it be eliminated after copyrighted church documents were posted on the Internet. The protesters also said the church doesn't want any critical messages about the church posted on the newsgroup. "Basically it's a freedom of speech issue where the church decides that critics on the Internet should not have a voice, therefore they tried to close our newsgroup down," said Jeff Jacobsen, a Scottsdale resident and one of the protesters. About 60 percent of the users of the newsgroup are critics of the church, Jacobsen said. Lisa Goodman, media relations director for the Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology International, said copyright infringement, not freedom of speech, is the issue. The church filed suit against Dennis Erlich of Glendale, Calif. after he continued posting church materials on the Internet. In asking for the newsgroup to be shut down, a church attorney cited the use of the church trademark "Scientology" in its name, the release of "copyright and trade secret violations" and "flamers" who use the forum to attack the church. "They are posting illegally obtained, copyrighted church scriptures. They don't really care about who is affected or anything else," Goodman said. "The problem with the Internet is it is open to abuse, and they violate the laws of the land." Goodman called the messages posted by flamers a form of hate crime. "It's not a matter of global freedom of expression. It's cyber terrorism," she said. Jacobsen is a local contact for Cults [sic] Awareness Network, a group that considers Scientology a cult, but he said the protest at the Mesa church wasn't about the church's beliefs or teachings. "The whole point of the Internet is the idea that freedom of speech is the ultimate important thing. When one newsgroup is attacked, then everyone gets upset," he said. "It obviously goes from the Internet to the real world." The newsgroup had not been shut down, and the response from Internet administrators was to invite church members to post their own messages in response to critics. John DeNero, director of special affairs of the Church of Scientology of Arizona, 2311 [actually 2111] W. University Drive, Mesa, called the demonstration a curiosity. "It's not really a local issue," he said. "It really has nothing to do with our local church so I ask, why are they here to cause disruption to the local church?... You have to wonder what their real concern is." One protester shouted at cars during the demonstration, DeNero said, so the church called the police, who came down and talked to them. The protesters met on the Internet, and not all are users of alt.religion.scientology. Internationally, the church has about 8 million members, Goodman said. Several thousand people in Arizona are members of the church, DeNero said. ------------ cultxpt@primenet.com Jeff Jacobsen PO Box 3541 Scottsdale AZ 85271 For Info on Scientology anonymous ftp.primenet.com /users/c/cultxpt OR http://www.mit.edu:8001/people/rnewman/scientology/home.html OR http://falcon.cc.ukans.edu/~sloth/sci/sci_index.html Larry Sites JC's Fireman: Luke 12:49 Freq FORGERY.ZIP, Falisfy Fundi father fakery --- Following message extracted from HOLYSMOKE @ 1:374/14 --- By Christopher Baker on Wed Apr 12 19:32:25 1995 From: LARRY SITES To: ALL Date: 10 Apr 95 11:32:00 Subj: More on scientology Interesting post actually found on alt.religion.christian. The christians apparently don't like this upstart religion milking their cash cow. Notice how this supposedly new scientific religion still has spooks and devils aka body thetans. Larry Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology From: harringtonj-smtc@nova.novanet.org (harringtonj-smtc) Subject: Hubbard's Views On Christianity Date: Mon, 20 Mar 1995 Hubbard's Views on Christianity =============================== For the last several weeks, Scientology's Office of Special Affairs has flooded alt.religion.scientology with endorsements from purported religious scholars from various denominations who offered their opinions that Scientology is a religion, and not in conflict with mainstream religions. As the testimonials are unsigned and undated, and most of the authors are unheard of, it is difficult, if not impossible, to authenticate these statements. Any group that hold religious beliefs and practices can call themselve a "religion". Jim and Tammy Baker's PTL Club was a "religious practice", as was "Reverend" Jim Jones and his People's Temple. In the case of the latter, Jim Jones also had many testimonials from governmnent officials at the local, state, and federal levels, and "Tax-Exempt, Tax deductible" status from the IRS. The government even sent welfare and social security checks directly to the People Temple account. It is not the role of any government agency to evaluate the merits of any organization's religious beliefs and practices. Hubbard's decision to operate under the cloak of "religion" was motivated by his desire to avoid income taxes and the scrutiny of the medical and mental health community. New Church members are told that Scientology's policy is to "Change no man's religion" and they are assured that Scientology doctrine does not conflict with any other religions, and indeed it is consistent and supportive of ALL religions, past and present. The Church asserts that Hubbard's writings constitute their "Sacred Scriptures" and they are immutatable. They have registered Hubbard's writings as "copyrighted" and some of their "religious practices" as "trade secrets". Hubbard's deep-rooted bigotry and cynicism toward Christianity permeates all of his writings. Fewer than 2% of Church members have any formal technical training in Scientology and have never read Hubbard's views on Christianity. It is doubtful if the religious scholars mentioned in the OSA propaganda articles had more than a cursory view of the public-relations oriented articles that the Church has published in order maintain the sham of Scientology's religious tolerance. Unverifiable claims from religious "authorities" are meaningless and Scientology's claim of toleration and non- conflict with other religions can only be determined by an analysis of Hubbard's writings. This essay was prepared for that purpose, and in defense of the value of Christian Ethics and exposure of the underlying mean-spiritness of the Hubbardian dogmas. Scientology's constant refrain that they are victims of "Hate Crimes" and "Religious Bigotry" should be evaluated in the light of the "Sacred Scriptures" of their Chief High Priest and Founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Belief or Non-Belief in a Supreme or a Supreme Being can be a part of any religion. Scientology is essentially atheistic. Hubbard claimed that the creation of the physical universe was a joint venture by a group of "thetans" (spirits) who are now the victims of amnesia, enforced on them at the hands of hostile groups who obliterated their memories with electronic mind-control and encapsulated their consciousness in a body. In the Hubbardian cosmology, modern-day psychiatrists and medical doctors were the ancient nemesis who invaded galaxies and planets and enslaved the populaces. They, (the "Psychs") introduced religious concepts and symbols and incorporated them into their electronic mind-control techniques. The Church invests a substantial amount of manpower and finances into their Holy War to expose and exterminate Hubbard's ancient enemies. In the 1950's, Hubbard wrote a series of newsletter about his technical "discoveries" and called them PABS (Professional Auditor Bulletins). In PAB 31 Hubbard writes: "Religion does much to keep the assumption in restimulation, being basically a control mechanism used by those who have sent the preclear into a body. You will find the cross as a symbol all over the universe, and the Christ legend as implant in preclears a million years ago." In the same article, Hubbard infers that Jesus Christ was an agent of a mind-control organization that was imported to Earth: "A few operating thetans -scarcity- could lead to trouble. Witness the chaos resulting from the activities and other determinism technology of one operating thetan, 2,000 years ago. It is despicable and utterly beneath contempt to tell a man he must repent, that he is evil. Those who talk most about peace on earth and good-will among men themselves carry forward the seas of unrest, war and chaos." Hubbard claimed that he was Guatama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism. In "Hymn of Asia" he stated that he addressed the Buddhist Congress in London in 1955 and inferred he was the future Buddha that was predicted in the Pali Canon. In Certainty magazine, Vol. 5, No. 10, he writes of his achievements as the Buddha, and positions himself as a contender with Jesus Christ: "Two and a half thousand years ago a handful of clears civilized half a billion people. What if we were all clear. Neither Lord Buddha nor Jesus Christ were OT's according to the evidence. They were just a shade above clear." In HCO bulletin of 18 July 1959 Hubbard wrote as a "Historical Note": "The whole Christian movement is based on the victim. Compulsion of the overt-motivator sequence. They won by appealing to victims. We can win by converting victims. Christianity succeeded by making people into victims. We can succeed by making victims into people." Hubbard's criticism of Christian confessionals is utter hypocriscy, in view of his organization's policy of leaking the contents of confessionals and transgressions culled from the confidential records of dissident present and former church members. In HCO bulletin 21 Jan 1960 he writes, "Some Churches used a mechanism of confession. This was a limited effort to relieve a person of the pressure of his overt acts. Later the mechanism of confession was employed as a kind of blackmail by which increased contribution could be obtained from the person confessing." Hubbard continued his "research" on the insidious genesis of Christianity and in the "Heaven" bulletin of 11 May 1963 he released his latest "objective" findings which were: "Based on over a thousand hours of research auditing, analyzing the facsimiles of the reactive mind, and with the help of a Mark V Electrometer. It is scientific research and is not in any way based upon the mere opinion of the researcher...The contents of this HCO bulletin discover the apparent underlying impulses of religious zealotism and the source of the religious mania which terrorized Earth over the ages and has given religion the appearance of insanity." In his much touted 1950 book, "Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health", Hubbard asserted that "engrams" were the root cause of ALL human abberations and psychosomatic illnesses. With his news discoveries of what transpired in Heaven, Hubbard offered a new cause of the human dilemma: "The Goals-Problems-Mass (GPM) implants, which are the apparent basic source of abberation and human travail, which began with the goal to Forget, were cynically done `in Heaven'. Hubbard dismissed the concerns of some members about his disparagement and cynicism about other religions: "For a long while, some people have been cross with me for my lack of cooperation in believing in a Christian Heaven, God and Christ. I have never said I didn't disbelieve in a Big Thetan but there was certainly something very corny about Heaven et al. Now I have to apologize. There was a Heaven. Not too unlike, in cruel betrayal, the heaven of the Assassins in the 12th Century who, like everyone else, dramatized the whole track implants - if a bit more so. The symbol of the crucified Christ is very apt indeed. It's the symbol of a thetan betrayed." Hubbard describes the incident as occuring 43+ trillion years ago. The stunned thetan was placed in a doll body and transported to Heaven in a ship. Over a period of one trillion years, the thetan was given a series of electronic implants, containing the phrases To Forget, To Remember, To Go Away. Hubbard described the terrain of Heaven: "The gates of the first series are well done, well built. An avenue of statues of saints leads up to them. The gate pillars are surmounted by marble angels. The entering grounds are very well kept, laid out like Bush Gardens in Pasadena, so often seen in the movies. Aside from the implant boxes which lie across from each other on the walk there are other noises and sounds as though the saints are defending and berating." "The second series, probably in the same place, shows what a trillion years of overt acts does (or is an additional trick to collapse one's time). The place is shabby. The vegetation is gone. The pillars are scruffy. The saints have vanished. So have the angels. A sign on one (the left as you enter) says `This is Heaven'. The right has a sign "Hell" with an arrow and inside the grounds one can see the excavations like archaeological diggings with the raw terraces, that lead to "Hell". Plain wire fencing encloses the place. There is a sentry box beside and outside the right pillar. The roadway `leading up' to the gates is deeply eroded. An effigy of Joseph, complete with desert clothing is seen approaching the gates (but not moving) leading a donkey which `carries' the original Madonna and child from `Bethlehem'. The implanting boxes lie on either side of this `entering' path at path level." Hubbard concluded: "Further, we have our hands on an appalling bit of technology where the world is concerned. With rapidity and a Meter it can be shown that Heaven is a false dream and that the old religion was based on very painful lie, cynical betrayal." Hubbard was living in England at the time and his "breakthrough" was considered of major significance. His discovery of Heaven inspired the "poet laureate" of Scientology, Julian Cooper, to write: "They that worship Jesus nailed upon a cross above an altar, While an old priest chants.... Do they know what they worship? Do they know why they worship? Can they recognize what they worship? Bondage of unconfronted facsimiles implanted so as to control and invalidate, is what they worship." Hubbard abandoned Dianetics as the solution to an Un-Clear world after his discovery of the Heaven incident and the nature of the Goals-Problems-Mass implant. He spent the next five years "researching" the pattern of the implants and in 1967-68 he made another series of "discoveries" which are now know as "OT2" and "OT3". Hubbard wrote voluminous notes on the command phrases contained in the GPM implants, which he claimed were universal in nature. Church members undergoing initiation on these levels are required to mentally repeat these phrases until their effects are nullified. Hubbard's "major" breakthrough in this period was his discovery that human bodies are actually the result of the melding of thetans during a psychiatrically-inspired implant 76 million years ago. Hubbard wrote that a galactic despot, Xenu, rounded up the population of 76 planets in this sector of the galaxy and transported them to Earth, placed them in volcanoes, and exploded H-bombs, then subjected them to 36 days of electronic implanting, including the "Christianity" and "Heaven" implant. This incident created "Body Thetans" (BT/s), beings who were attached to other beings or human beings. They monitor one's thought and impede one's life. Hubbard developed a technique for exorcizing these Body Thetans. In 1978 Hubbard made another "Breakthrough!" which he called NOTS (New-Era Dianetics for OTs). Hubbard developed new techniques for dealing with BTs who were comatose or did not respond to his 1968 exorcizing techniques. Hubbard claimed that a human body was actually a mass of BTs who were comatose and diseases were simply BTs who were acting against the person. Hubbard claimed that eradicating these BTs from on or near the body would result in the creation of a Supra-Human, an Operating Thetan, capable of telepathic and telekinetic powers, without the need for a human body. Following the government raids of Hubbard's Secret Intelligence offices, he went into hiding, never to be seen publicly again. In May 1980 he wrote the OT VIII, Confidential, Student Briefing bulletin wherein he summarized his ancient role in the never-ending fight against the psychiatric implanters. He writes: "With the exception of the original Buddhism, virtually all religions of any consequence on this planet, mono- and pantheistic alike, have been instruments to speed the progress of the "evolution of consciousness" and bring about the eventual enslavement of mankind." Hubbard restates his claim of his prior existence as the Buddha and remarks about Christ and Christianity: "For those of you whose Christian toes I may have stepped on, let me take the opportunity to disabuse you of some lovely myths. For instance, the historic Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure he has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred that belied the general message of love, understanding and other typical Marcab PR. You have only to look at the history his teachings have inspired to see where it all inevitably leads. It is historic fact and yet man still clings to the ideal, so deep and insidious is the biological implanting." It should be pointed out that some present and former church members have disputed the authenticity of this bulletin and claimed that it was a "forgery" written to "embarass" the church. Church officials have remained silent about it. The authenticity of the statements should be evaluated in the light of Hubbard's previous statements about the subject matter. His defamatory remarks about people's sexual habits are part of a long pattern in his dealings with people he considered his "enemies". Church members, staff and public, who have been exposed to Hubbard's "Upper Levels" writings are required to sign non- disclosure agreements for the rest of their lifes, in or outside of the Church. The Church has registered Hubbard's Upper Level exorcism techniques as its "trade secrets". The Church aggressively attacks former members who discuss Hubbard's techniques. In statements made to the media after a former Church minister; Dennis Erlich, posted essays critical of Hubbard's doctrines; Karin Pouw, Church of Scientology International Public Relations Director said: "He deliberately defiled them in the computer, equivalent of desecrating a House of Worship with offensive graffiti." On 13 Feb 1995, the Church obtained a writ of seizure from a Federal Court and seized files and computer disks from Erlich's residence, alleging Erlich had "infringed" on their copyrights and violated the terms of the non- disclosure of trade secrets agreement that he executed when he was a church member in 1978. Commenting to the media after the raid, Warren L. McShane, president of the Religious Technology Center, the Keeper of Hubbard's copyrights and trade secrets, reiterated the necessity of keeping Hubbard's techniques away from the minds of the uninitiated: "McShane said the church had every right to aggressively protect its text. And, he said, certain advanced texts could "do harm" if studied by people not yet deemed ready for them by church officials. `It's like jumping in an 18-wheeler and not knowing how to drive," McShane said, adding, "Spiritually, a person has to be ready for it." Larry Sites JC's Fireman: Luke 12:49 Freq FORGERY.ZIP, Falisfy Fundi father fakery --- Following message extracted from HOLYSMOKE @ 1:374/14 --- By Christopher Baker on Wed Apr 12 19:32:37 1995 From: LARRY SITES To: ALL Date: 10 Apr 95 11:36:00 Subj: Scientology defined In prior article to alt.religion.scientology, av282@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Martin G. V. Hunt) posted: What is Scientology? ==================== Scientology is a dangerous, mindbending cult that was established in the 1950's by Lafayette Ronald Hubbard and presents a grave threat to the concepts and tenets of freedom and democracy. Scientology has, as its basic purpose, the destruction of freedom and the erosion of human rights on the way to making money; it uses any means possible to achieve this end, including legal harassment, verbal and physical threats, hiding under the cover of "religion", and thought reform so complete that to talk to anyone brainwashed by the cult is to talk to little more than the mouthed platitudes of mechanical zombies. Scientology has evolved its own language that is little more than meaningless, incomprehensible ravings to rational, educated minds. This newspeak is a form of semantic control, used by the church to extract profit, either in money or personnel resources from its hapless, brainwashed victims and to serve PR functions to fool the public. Scientology is a totalitarian and fascist system that sees freedom of speech as an arch enemy, and freedom of thought as a personal attack, deserving of every means to stop it dead, sometimes literally. An example of this newspeak is the unfounded claim by the cult to be a "church"; Scientology is a cult, not a church. Based on science fiction and fantasy, the cult's teachings are little more than a thinly concealed attempt at making huge sums of money for the people at the top of the cult. Near the end of his life, Ronald Hubbard was reported to be making as much as one million dollars per week. Hubbard is documented as having said that the best way to make a lot of money is to invent a religion, and that is exactly what he did with the cult of Scientology. A mainstay of the cult's writings are based upon a kind of pseudo-science that gives one the clear impression that it is the 1930's. Many of these writings talk down to their audience as if they were wholly ignorant of basic facts about geology, biology, medicine, and other branches of general knowledge and science. The lamentable truth is that the cult's brainwashed victims are actually willing to defend these bits of fantasy as established scientific fact, against all reason and logic; one such delusion is "auditing". In "auditing", Scientology charges huge amounts of money to hook the indoctrinees up to a crude resistor-based bridge ohmmeter and ask bizarre questions about what supposedly happened to them millions, billions or even trillions of years ago on this and other planets. This "treatment" (also called "metering" by the cult) is supposed to cure all manner of ailments, both physical and psychological, for astronomical prices. The total cost of going from "raw meat", as the cult disparagingly calls the public, to "OT-8" is estimated to cost over $250,000.00 US. The cult also uses another form of this "auditing" process, called "security-checking" to obtain very personal information about the follower's sex lives and criminal history (if any), which is then used for security purposes as potential blackmail to keep people quiet about the illegal activities of the cult should they ever escape its semantic entrapment long enough to resume their former lives. The litigious nature of the controversial cult of Scientology is well known and reported in the literature on this dangerous cultic phenomenon. Scientologists have, as one of their basic policies, the destruction of anyone who is perceived by this paranoid schizophrenic organization as being an "enemy", and baseless lawsuits, sometimes involving frames, are used for this purpose. An enemy is anyone who, in the eyes of the cult, denigrates the cult in any way; thus critics are subject to multitudes of frivolous lawsuits, threats, strong-arm tactics, and outright physical attacks. For this reason, suggestions have been put forward to ban Scientology from the courts for barratrous abuses. Scientology, while trying desperately to maintain a PR facade of sweetness and light, in reality call their public by such derogatory names as "raw meat", "bodies", and "WOGs"; these same people are thought to be so inconsequential to the cult that they are "body routed" into the organization, as they are thought to have no self determination or free will whatsoever, and thus no rights. The "raw meat" are fit for little more than indoctrination using simple hand motions like the children's game of pat- a-cake, according to the cult, as they are too far down the cult's "tone scale", a list of all the emotional states a person is capable of, to be treated as human beings. Interestingly, this "tone scale" of all human states and emotions fails to contain either happiness or freedom -- the stated goals of Hubbard's so-called "religion". The charade of hiding behind a religious cover even goes as far as installing pews and an altar in most of its buildings; however, these are seldom actually used until an investigation by a taxation branch brings down the order from above to "make this place look churchy" by using the pews and dressing up a cult indoctrinator as a "minister". Pretending to be a religion serves two purposes within the cult; escaping the charge of medical malpractice and avoiding legitimate taxation within the host country the cult has infiltrated. The hope for the future is that more countries will stand up to this tactic with protective legislation. Scientology hides behind the facade of a "religion", yet to the cult indoctrinees and those "in the know", this is merely seen as a way to avoid taxation and hassles over using the "auditing" techniques for stated medical purposes. The medical community has long been trying to curtail this cult's dangerous pseudo-medical practices, such as the "purification rundown" and the use of the "e-meter" for healing everything from backaches to bad eyesight. For this reason, the cult perceives a need to hide under the cover of religion, while at the same time calling itself a "science of mind" to gain credence on the the coattails of legitimate medicine. In addition, the cult has a policy of discrediting, attacking, and suing the medical and psychiatric communities, as they were perceived as enemies by the paranoid Hubbard; he was at one time diagnosed as being mentally unstable by a psychiatrist, and thus he conceived a hatred for the healing professions. Although the cult of Scientology often makes irrational and unscientific claims for medical treatment and healing, the reality is that these "effects" can all be easily explained by the placebo effect and by the crushing effects of complete thought reform, sleep deprivation, dietary control, semantic disturbances, and milieu control exacted by the cult on its victims. These brainwashing techniques lead the victim to "attest" to all forms of miraculous "cures"; if written "attests" are not made, then the poor "preclear" is sent off to "ethics" -- an action that every Scientologist fears. In fact, Scientology has a specific policy on people who do not "improve". They are seen as being evil, suppressive, or a source of trouble; thus if the cult's efforts fail, the "preclear" is held entirely responsible in a kind of catch-22 situation, and made even more of a victim. There are two faces to Scientology; one for public consumption, and an entirely different one, hidden from public view, for those "in the know". The public is told that Hubbard is "just a human", and that the cult does not treat of religion; but the fact is that Hubbard is known to be God once one has been brainwashed into the "upper levels". The public is given a PR story that the cult is a "religion", all the teaching are "belief", and all gains are "spiritual" in nature. Nevertheless, the indoctrinated know, or rather are brainwashed into believing, that Scientology is a workable method for treating human ailments, both medical and psychiatric, and every word of Hubbard's science-fictionlike scribblings, no matter how ludicrous, are "scientifically proven facts" referred to as "source" or, more significantly, "Source", and thoroughly researched. This "research" in fact involved Hubbard sitting down at a typewriter and writing whatever came to mind, a skill he developed while writing pulp science fiction. Scientology is well known for publishing various "codes" and "creeds" of a lofty and humanitarian nature, but the cult does not adhere to these altruistic statements in the smallest degree; they are just more PR material to make the cult look good in the eyes of a sceptical and increasingly hostile public. As time goes on, and more people lose their children, relatives, and friends to this dangerous, lawless, immoral, and litigious cult, legislation will surely be enacted in the free democratic countries of the world to limit its pernicious effect upon our society. Every time a brainwashed cultist wakes up to wonder what happened to the last few years of his or her life, and steps out of the shadows into the bracing sunlight of freedom of speech and thought, another nail is hammered into the coffin of this ugly phenomenon. The Scientology cult itself admits this; it says it has a problem with its "field" (the public) being "muddy" (hard to expand into). One can only hope that as time goes by, the cult will grow more distant from the paranoid and schizophrenic man who created it; already the cult has gone through its reformation, of sorts, as slightly more liberal minded groups have split off from the cult and set up their own operations. Former members of this cult are requested to speak out against it; tell the world the dark secrets of the "SO" and the "RPF". The SO is the Sea Org; a heavily controlled slave-like segment of the cult that signs billion year service contracts for wages lower than the average income of third-world countries. The RPF is the deceptively named Rehabilitation Project Force, a dark, secret, and hidden section of the cult used for punishing "downstat" members. Every recruit is irrationally expected to increase their production every week or they become "downstat", having falling statistics for production. The RPF is similar to a concentration camp; some of the unfortunate wights who end up here do not see the light of day for years. The RPFers for the Los Angeles Cedars of Lebanon Centre are imprisoned in cavern-like tunnels extending under the streets of Los Angeles, fed on a starvation diet of beans and rice, forced to work up to 125 hours a week, are not allowed to speak, and are dressed in filthy grey rags. There is an even darker and more secret organization for punishing "downstat" members called the "RRPF", or Ron's RPF; if anyone out there has experiences to relate of this cruel section of the cult, they are encouraged to speak out against this flagrant abuse of basic human rights. If you, the gentle reader have information of torture, inhumane treatment, murder, or other nefarious behavior or human rights abuses by this cult, then let the world know -- don't let what happened to you or people who were in the cult with you happen to another person out of ignorance of just how evil this cult really is. Fear not reprisals; people who have escaped the cult number in the hundreds of thousands! It has been estimated that there are several times more "disaffected" Scientologists than there are people trapped in the cult at present. The author of this FAQ shall, in all likelihood, be attacked by the cult for writing this, but this tactic will not serve. For the author believes so strongly in the truth that nothing shall swerve him from this path. In this world, we must fight for what we believe in; for if we turn a blind eye to the dictator or to those who would limit our freedoms, then we shall be forever on the retreat, and we shall end up having a life not worth living. Let this be a call to arms, "for we have nothing to fear but fear itself". +-+ Cogito, ergo sum. Martin Hunt, av282@freenet.carleton.ca * Origin: The Open Forum SD CA (619)284-2924 (1:202/212)

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