Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be
considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The
Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes
the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the
questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to
those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95
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From: email@example.com (Martin Poulter)
Subject: Who is this nutter?
Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (Usenet news owner)
Organization: University of Bristol, England
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 1995 14:21:06 GMT
I just received this e-mail. I have had to heavily re-format it in
order to post it. Despite his claimed intelligence, the writer doesn't
seem to know how to use e-mail software. Who is this guy?
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 1995 09:41:49 -0400
You are spreading false information on the Internet about Scientology. The
references you cite are incorrect. But you lead your readers to believe they
have researched the subject in a scientific and scholarly manner. How dare
you! Your conclusion that Scientology "brainwashes" people is completely
false. Just the opposite is true. This is a religion but a science as well.
[Sorry, but I've studied science at degree level. A "science" based on no
research whatsoever is not a science. If you can prove me wrong with some
citations, go ahead.]
As with any science or discipline, the correct application of the technology
produces uniform and standard results.
[It seems to me that the belief system in Scientology is such that
"correct application" is defined as that which produces the claimed
effects (or at least makes everyone *agree* that those effects have occurred)
When the tech goes wrong, that's the fault of the individual's abberations
or past crimes.]
Those results include the ability to
think clearly and independently, a greater awareness about oneself and one's
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^[Like Woody or Jack Farmer?]
relationship with life and others, a higher degree of ethics (ethics is
defined as those actions which promote survival to the greatest number), etc.
[Courts around the world disagree.]
You are masking false information to promote your agenda against the Church.
Why? What crimes have you committed? What are you hiding? What do you hope
to gain from this?
[Jeez, I don't even need to parody you! I don't even have to tell people
that the Scientology belief system is paranoid. People like you do it for me.]
Your kind has been around since 1950 when Dianetics was
released. Despite the efforts of anti-social personalities like you,
Scientology is booming.
[Income is declining, number of active orgs is declining; Narconon is
shrinking. The figures have been posted on this newsgroup. If you can
prove they're wrong, go ahead]
I have extensive knowledge of Scientology. My experience totally contradicts
[I have been posting some Fair Use extracts of Hubbard's writings. Helena
Kobrin has confirmed that the extracts that I used are authentic. Dare you
I am more capable of clear, rational thinking as a result
[well maybe you should be giving lessons to the Scientologists who post to
Scientology has removed the "brainwashing" I've had. That's
why I can be more aware of everything now. It's like climbing up a mountain.
The higher you go up the more you can see and be aware of. You are in a cave
-- aware of nothing.
[Wouldn't a better metaphor than a cave be, ummm... a dark, grimy basement?]
MARTIN L: Postgrad. studying "Probability and Belief" at Bristol University
POULTER : KNIGHT NATASEVOLLLEWYLLOJI
WWW Home Page & Scientology Critics' OF Scientology is a dangerous cult
stuff: http://mail.bris.ac.uk/~plmlp XENU -warn your family and friends.