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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (RichieB)
Subject: BigWin(tm) at the library
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 08:09:06 GMT
Organization: "That Darn Xenu" Productions
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I decided to check out my local libraries today and see what info
I could find about $cientology.
My first stop was the library at my university, where I found
about 10 books by Elron, "Messiah or Madman" by Corydon (already
own it - no help there), and "The Road to Total Freedom" by
Wallis, which I snagged. There was a copy of "All About
Radiation" on another floor, but I was too lazy to get it (isn't
that the one that identifies Hubbard as an atomic physicist on
The Phatman's droppings had all been donated by the local org,
many years ago by the looks of them. The one that caught my eye
was a slim volume entitled, "Introduction to Scientology Ethics"
(published by the American Saint Hill Organization, Los Angeles,
1974), even though I've already had an introduction to their
ethics right here on a.r.s.
More interesting than the book itself were the notations that
previous readers had made in the margins. On page 12, in a
section describing the attributes of the "anti-social
personality," someone had written:
Science supports its claims with either direct experimentation
or observation -> None of these statements are supported.
Later in the book the "Ethics Codes" themselves are laid out.
Next to #20 under "General Misdemeanors" ("inadequate or
declining income or traffic" in an org or zone) what appeared to
be a different reader noted:
lower revenue = ethics violation!
Other "crimes" that had marks beside them were: ridiculing
Scientology, testifying "hostilely" against Co$, giving
"anti-Scientology" information to the press, and (my favorite)
someone demanding the return of money for incompleted training
when they blow (the book admitted that the money had to be
returned, but said it still was a "high crime").
I left satisfied that students at my school know how to evaluate
data. Thanks are due to the local org for giving us the
opportunity to learn more about $cientology!
The county library had less books by the Bloated One, but the few
they had were big and colorful, like "What is Scientology?" My
BigWin(tm) for the day, though, was when I looked in the
computerized catalog and saw there were 4 copies of "A Piece of
Blue Sky" listed, and that only one was "lost". Woohoo!
There were two copies on the shelf, and one had the following
written in on the title page:
Those of a religious faith - be forewarned. Men who spread
blatant, vicsious (sic) lies such as these are a VERY REAL
THREAT to religious freedom in the world! Take heed - study
_both_ sides of the issues! (for _all_ religions!)
This moving passage prompted me to select that very copy of the
book to check out. I then journeyed home to excercise my
religious freedom and study Atack's "lies" about $cientology.
BigWin(tm) for me!
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