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By Justin Hill

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 Scientology
 
    I recently went to Seattle on vacation. On they way home i bought a Rollingstone magazine. In this magazine were various articles concerning the election, music...etc...etc (I actually bought the magazine for a special on Jenna Jameson). The cover story however, was on actor/midget Tom Cruise. The article focused on his spiritual lifestyle, or more specifically the Church of Scientology. Upon reading this article I became interested. And by interested I mean I had nothing else to do... So I spent the remaining half  day researching the hush-hush religion/cult online. As anyone knowlegdable in religions knows, Scientology is kept largly a secret due to its internal policy. Most people know that there are levels that are aquired by paying certain amounts of money and something about some kind of ship (the founders yacht really) that brings salvation if you board it. Sounds okay right? Pay for happiness? Great idea...But upon further inspection of some of the various illegal websites presenting some of the more secret documents of the higher levels of Scientology one finds out about Xenu. Xenu was some kind of god, who 75 million years ago, killed off some aliens called Thetans. These Thetans turned into ghosts and supposedly infest every human being in the hundreds. At the higher levels of Scientology you must be exorcised of these ghostly demons. These exorcisms must be done by Scientology auditors (priests) at the cost of thousands of dollars. This was all created by a man named L. Ron Hubbard in the 50's.
   
    A failed Science-fiction writer, Hubbard was quoted to have said (before founding scientology), "Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." The quote is from an interview with Reader's Digest did with Hubbard about 10 years before he founded Scientology. Scientology is based on classes and programs designed to clarify the mind and drain your bank account. Many people try to leave Scientology but are labeled as "Fair Game". Fair game tells any scientologist that it is okay to harm that person in any way be it by lawsuit, property damage, or physical harm. After several lawsuits were raised against the policy by outsiders, Scientology revoked the "Fair Game Policy" although many of the people listed as enemies of Scientology are still being targeted everyday. Gerry Armstrong was a leading member of Scientology. He was asked to compile all of L. Ron Hubbard's personal documents and write a biography on him. After researching Hubbard, Armstong found out that Hubbard's entire life had been a lie. After bringing this up to the other heads of Scientology, he was placed in the SEA program. The SEA program is a labor and reprogramming camp. All of this was going to cost Gerry even more money. So he wanted out.
   
    After leaving Scientology he was listed as an enemy. He was targeted with many lawsuits for divulging Scientology's secrets, many of which are illegal activities. To this day Scientology recuits many people despite being a crazy whacked out cult.
   
    In a nutshell the Church of Scientology is a vicious and dangerous cult that masquerades as a religion. Its purpose is to make money. It practices a variety of mind-control techniques on people lured into its midst to gain control over their money and their lives. Its aim is to take from them every penny that they have and can ever borrow and to also enslave them to further its wicked ends. Scientology is a confused concoction of crackpot, dangerously applied psychotherapy, oversimplified, idiotic and inapplicable rules and ideas and science-fiction drivel that is presented to its members (at the "advanced" levels) as profound spiritual truth.

Justin Hill


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