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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 (Tom Thatcher)
Subject: Re: Questions from a faithful reader
Organization: University of Rochester - Rochester, New York
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 95 16:30:46 GMT
In <firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (Rod Keller) writes:
>I got this in the mail.
>6) How big of a thorn is a.r.s. to Scientology? Is this newsgroup mearly
>gum stuck to the bottom of their shoe, or is a.r.s. the biggest challange
>they've ever had?
My guess is, they're really upset about this. As you suggest earlier,
if the totality of Scieno beliefs were put up front, very few people
would join (I was going to write, 'no one in their right mind' which is
probably true.) Previously, the Xenu and thetan stuff could only be found
excerpted in court transcripts, or in used book stores. Now it's in
danger of world-wide publication. In fact, so many people have probably
saved the anonymous postings of high-level church beliefs (SCAMIZDAT)
that they will continue to appear no matter how many lawyers they hire.
Now imagine being at a Hollywood party and asking Tom Cruise about Xenu...
If he denies it, his credibility as a Scientologist suffers; if he confirms
it, his credibility as a human being suffers. The more widespread this
becomes, the fewer people will accept it.
Imagine that Joe Q. Public, feeling depressed and out-or-sorts, goes to
a Scieno outpost for a free personality test. He is told that he has a
reactive mind, and needs auditing to clear himself of negative engrams.
Or, Joe. Q. is told he needs to be audited, in order to put to rest the
fragments of the souls of 75 million year old aliens who were blown to
bits by H-bombs; these fragments are sticking to various parts of his
body, accounting for various health disorders; by talking to these fragments
about the bad things that happened to them 75 million years ago they can
be cleared of negative engrams, after which they will leave your body.
If they put that in their brocures, no one would stop laughing long enough
to pay for the therapy.
>7) What do you think is the future of Scientology?
Depends. CoS depends on keeping its beliefs secret, on its tax-exempt
status, and on the fact that it is a religion, not a business (a business
would have to disclose more about its inner workings, cash flow, etc.)
If they loose any of that, they're ashes.
Tom Thatcher | You can give a PC to a Homo habilis,
University of Rochester Cancer Center | and he'll use it, but he'll use it
firstname.lastname@example.org | to crack nuts.