SCIENTOLOGY’S FRONT GROUPS
"Remember, CHURCHES ARE LOOKED UPON AS REFORM GROUPS. Therefore, we must act like a reform group."
- L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 25 February 1966
"We [Scientology] can become a drug
"We can become all those things, but really it's just one master plan to infiltrate all of these areas according to Hubbard's doctrine, and you BECOME whatever it needs to become to protect it, and you INFILTRATE IT AND TAKE IT OVER."
- Former Church of Scientology executive Robert Vaughn Young
The Church of Scientology (CoS) does not hesitate to use deception when recruiting new members (1) and is quick to seize on opportunities. For example, during the Fox News broadcast of the memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., following the World Trade Center tragedy, a crawling banner across the bottom of the screen displayed a toll-free number for "National Mental Health Assistance." Most people would have associated this with the respected National Mental Health Association and assumed that the number shown connected to that office. However, a viewer recognized the number as belonging to a CoS hotline and notified Fox, which removed the banner. (2) A later complaint from the NMHA to the Church of Scientology was laughed off by church spokesmen.
A drug treatment program that is based on L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings and that funnels people into Scientology is called Narconon -- a term that could easily be mistaken for Narcanon, the designation sometimes used for Narcotics Anonymous, the world’s oldest and largest support program for drug addicts.
Scientology is not connected to Christianity; Hubbard ridiculed other religions. (3) (4) But the Church of Scientology had no qualms about adopting Christian trappings and traditions to establish its bona fides as a "real church." The Scientology symbol is a modified Christian cross; for some years, Scientology staff wore clerical collars; in the spring of 2000 the Church of Scientology began promoting regular Sunday services.
A host of organizations recruit covertly for the Church of Scientology. Many are nonprofit groups that work in the areas of drug counseling, literacy or human rights. Others are for-profit businesses that give seminars on management and business relations. All rely on and promote the philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard.
1. Joseph Mallia. "Milton School Shades Ties to Scientology," BOSTON HERALD, March 2, 1998. http://tinyurl.com/2n25p
2. Chris Owen. "Scientology at Ground Zero." May 2003. Online article: http://tinyurl.com/23kt3
3. Compilations of L. Ron Hubbard’s comments about other religions can be found at:
4. Stephen A. Kent, "The Creation of ‘Religious’ Scientology." Paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1992. Published in RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND THEOLOGY, Vol. 18, No. 2, December 1999, pp. 97-126. This paper references L. Ron Hubbard’s Professional Auditor’s Bulletin, No. 31, 23 July 1954, "Duplication" which describes Hubbard’s belief that Christian clergy and psychiatrists "implanted" thetans (Scientology’s term for the soul) with false and misleading information in the cosmological past and that both occupations continue to implant people today. http://tinyurl.com/22xt4
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