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Scientologist Manipulate Sales Figures

Written by: Watchman Fellowship    Posted on: 04/29/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

Scientologists Manipulate Sales Figures

      Courts Clear Release of Suppressed Hubbard Biography

Many people have been turned off by the advertising campaign for Dianetics and other of L. Ron Hubbard's other science fiction works in the "Mission Earth" series.  Many have been puzzled and suspicious of how Hubbard's book promotions by Scientology's Bridge Productions consistently claimed that their books were on the New York Times best seller list.

Recently, suspicions were confirmed.  The stories by the Los Angeles Times exposing Scientology, and a story in the San Diego Union, tell how they do it.  In keeping with deceptive, manipulative and controlling practices of cults, the articles report that Scientologists are ordered to buy the books in huge quantities either with their own money or money supplied by Scientology.

This information is supplied by managers of Walden Books, B. Dalton Bookstore, other bookstore owners, and former leaders and members of Scientology (Los Angeles Times, 28 June 1990, p.A22). The L. A. Times reported that their purpose is to make L. Ron Hubbard famous and promote his image.  Also this appeal could be used to recruit new members into the Church of Scientology (Ibid).

In another issue the Church of Scientology was ordered by the court to hand over its financial records to the IRS which is seeking to tax Scientology as a commercial enterprise (St. Petersburg Times, 18 April 90, p.3B).  The Church of Scientology is afraid of exposure and regularly tries to block through the courts the distribution of books exposing the cult.

They failed to stop "L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman" co- authored by Brent Corydon (former high ranked leader) and L. Ron Hubbard, Jr.  They succeeded in stopping the respected biographer and journalist, Russell Miller's book, "The Bare Faced Messiah," not on liable or slander or false information, but on the use of some copyright material.  (Copies of this damaging expose can still be found in libraries and bookstores if they have not been bought or stolen).

Now the court has cleared the release of a new biography called "A Piece of Blue Sky: Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed" by Jon Atack (The Cult Observer, May/June 1990, p.18).

Noted semanticist and former U.S. Senator, S.I. Hayakawa wrote in a lengthy evaluation of Dianetics in "Etc: A Review of General Semantics" that "... the damage it can do with its accompanying pretentious and nonsensical doctrines... the lure of the pseudo scientific vocabulary and promises of dianetics cannot but condemn thousands who are beginning to emerge from scientific illiteracy to a continuation of their susceptibility to work magic and semantic hash," (Vol. 8, No. 4, 1951, pp.280-293).

Hayakawa also posited that Hubbard's science fiction background led him to internalize the pseudo-scientific assumption, underlying the verbiage of Dianetics.

And, finally, Scientology, which has a long criminal record and has been under indictment in Canada and Spain, again changed gears in an effort to gain converts, make more money and disguise who they are.  They have organized many front organizations as the vehicles for these objectives.  Some of these are business management programs under W.I.S.E. (Worldwide Institute of Scientology Enterprises).  They go or have gone by various names such as Sterling Management, Steller Management, Singer Consultants, Uptrends, Owl Management, and Applied Scholastics. Also they work through NARCONON, an alleged drug rehab program, Concerned Businessmen of American, The Way to Happiness, Set a Good Example Contest, both aimed at school children.

The Church of Scientology has demonstrated itself to be "one of the oldest, wealthiest, and most dangerous of the major 'new religions' or cults operating in America today" (Scientology: Anatomy of a Frightening Cult," Readers Digest, May, 1980.

They have been thoroughly exposed and denounced by the FBI, IRS, CIA, the courts, foreign governments, Forbes magazine, and major documentaries by the BBC, 60 Minutes, St. Petersburg Times, and the Los Angeles Times.  Two high courts, one British and one American, have written in their judgements against Scientology "immoral... corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit... sinister... and dangerous because it is out to capture people... indoctrinate them so that they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult," (London Daily Mail, 24 July 1984).

The U.S. Appeals Court in its judgement against Scientology said that "the church's conduct was manifestly outrageous" and "exceeded all bounds tolerated by a decent society, of a nature which is especially calculated to cause and does cause mental distress" (Larry Wallersheim vs. Church of Scientology, pp.11-17, infra.).

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