Truth about L. Ron HubbardQUESTION: Truth about L. Ron Hubbard – A Scientology Counterpoint from a Concerned CitizenANSWER:
Here’s the “real truth” surrounding L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology from a concerned citizen.
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.
Scientology was started in the 1950’s by a penny-a-word pulp/science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard in fulfillment of his declared aim to start a religion to make money.
“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.” (L. Ron Hubbard, 1940’s)
Scientology is an offshoot of a method of psychotherapy concocted by L. Ron Hubbard from various sources, which he named 'Dianetics' (after his daughter, Diane). Dianetics is a form of regression therapy. Later, his psychotherapy concept was expanded to appear more like a religion in order to enjoy tax benefits.
L. Ron Hubbard called his “religion” Scientology, one of many things he appropriated and claimed for his own. (In 1901, Allen Upward coined the actual term, Scientology. In 1934, philosopher Anastasius Nordenholz published a book that used the term.)Truth about L. Ron Hubbard – Issues in Your Scientology Article
You write, 'During the 1920’s, Hubbard started to visit his parents in Asia, where he was introduced to Taoism, Buddhism, and other eastern philosophies.' WRONG.
L. Ron Hubbard is said to have visited China, the western hills of Manchuria, India and Tibet. He certainly visited China, as his journal shows. His one visit to India was a flight change at Calcutta Airport. He certainly never went to Tibet. His claims of visiting Tibet arose from a visit to a Tibetan temple in Peking, a very different thing. The day trip was organized by The Peking YMCA. The western hills of Manchuria, where he is said to have 'broken bread with Mongolian bandits and shared campfires with Siberian shamans' are actually just outside Peking.
You write, 'He allegedly received near fatal wounds in World War II, and developed his unique theories of science and philosophy while healing.' WRONG.
FOIA Records and many other inquiries have shown this to be a complete fabrication (like much else claimed by L. Ron Hubbard.) One document shows his medical history and what he claimed to be suffering from, as of April 17, 1947. It sharply contradicts his later claims. “Defective Vision, 1942. Hospitalized in NY for duodonal ulcer, 1943. Hospitalized for stomach trouble, arthritis, San Diego. Hospitalized for duodonal ulcer, 1945. Diagnosed as arthritic.” (http://www.solitarytrees.net/cowen/LRH-bio/vareport.gif). So much for crippled and blinded in World War II.
You write, 'He died in 1986, after spending most of his last years traveling around quietly on his yacht.' WRONG.
L. Ron Hubbard died, in hiding, after being named an un-indicted co-conspirator in a U.S. government spying case. His wife, however, was thrown under the bus, served in prison, and died alone and penniless.
You write, 'This process of counseling is called 'auditing,' and involves an 'E-meter' (Electropsychometer), a device invented by Hubbard that helps a client discover and remove engrams from the unconscious mind.'
The e-meter was actually invented by Volney Mathison. It is nothing more than a crude lie detector (galvanic skin response meter.) By the way, L. Ron Hubbard ruined Mathison. Interestingly, the same fate awaited David Mayo, Hubbard's auditor and the creator of many of the Scientology 'Rundowns' and 'OT levels'. In fact, many people have been hurt or had their families viciously broken up through scientology 'disconnection', and have suffered harassment through 'fair-game'.
Finally, if readers would like to do some fact-checking on L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology, Chris Owen and David Touretzky have written much on the subject of Hubbard's true biographical history.