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Scientology Cult in Gross and Wilful Violation of Federal Judge's Order
The Scientology cult was ordered by US Federal judge Gerhardt Gesell in 1971 to place very explicit and detailed warning labels on each of their special gizmo "E-Meter" devices, as well as on all documents and publications in which the E-Meter is mentioned. The E-Meter is just a primitive lie-detector machine, but to Scientologists it is simply a fantastic apparatus. After a brief initial gesture of compliance, Scientology proceeded to disregard virtually every aspect of Judge Gesell's ruling.
Some questions and answers.
Scientology's E-Meter warning labels of the year 2008 have an
extremely mild and watered down version of what Judge Gesell had ordered, and it is
affixed to the bottom of the gadget, where no-one is likely to see it anyway. Doing it
this way helps Scientology with one of its main cash-cow businesses and recruitment
strategies, offering free "Stress Tests" to people on city sidewalks, street-fairs, and
other such venues. After the "stress test," in which the subject is told that yes, he or
she is indeed under stress, and that bad things are probably going to happen. The
solution, they say, is to buy a copy of their "Dianetics" book for $23, and then come on
down to the "org" for some more auditing.
How it all got started.
In the early 1960s, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
realized that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and his acolytes were claiming that
"auditing" with the E-Meter could help to diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses.
Auditing, one of Scientology's core practices, is based on the notion that the E-Meter
can reveal a person's mental state, past lives, and other odds and ends of the
unconscious mind. This is done through intensive questioning by an "Auditor," as the
subject holds the E-Meter and the Auditor leads him or her through a sort of guided
hypnagogic fantasizing. Because Scientology believes that illness is caused by the
presence of "suppressive persons," and not germs, toxins, genetics or other causes,
Hubbard and the Scientologists were spreading the word that the E-Meter could help root
out the suppressive people in one's life, thereby curing a variety of illnesses and
health conditions, raising IQ, and making one successful in every way. This, of course,
was complete nonsense.
In 1963, the FDA seized more than 100 E-Meters from the cult's
offices in Washington, DC. Thus began 8 years of litigation, with lots of dramatic
highlights that I will not discuss here. On July 30, 1971 Judge Gesell reluctantly ruled
that Scientology must, indeed, legally be considered a "religion," but only because the
US Government had neglected to do anything about it earlier.
Gesell ruled that the Scientologists could keep on auditing and using the
E-Meter, but they were forbidden to make any claims that it could diagnose, prevent or
treat any health condition. Moreover, they were only to use it under the strictest of
"religious" contexts, and they were to prepare warning notices that could be prominently
seen on the E-Meter as well as in any literature or publication about the E-Meter or the
auditing process. "The effect of this judgment," Gesell wrote, "will be to eliminate the
E-meter as far as further secular use by Scientologists or others is concerned."
Here are the key elements of Judge Gesell's ruling, in "bullet
Instead of following these highly detailed and very explicit
instructions, Scientology's "warning" label, placed discreetly underneath the
contraption, reads as follows:
"By itself, this meter does nothing. It is solely for the guide of
Ministers of the Church in Confessionals and pastoral counseling. The Electrometer is not
medically or scientifically capable of improving the health or bodily function of anyone
and is for religious use by students and Ministers of the Church of Scientology
How can this be?
How can this be happening, that a Federal judge's extremely clear
ruling is so blatantly ignored by a money-hungry cult, with its stress test tables
constantly seen in totally secular, public contexts; attempting to diagnose stress in
hundreds of people every day; Why hasn't the FDA cracked down? Why hasn't anyone enforced
Judge Gesell's order? We don't know for sure. It very likely has to do with Scientology's
horrible reputation for lawsuits and personal blackmail, which is the means by which in
1993 it regained its official, tax-exempt "religion" status in the USA (to the utter
shock and surprise of all who had been following the Internal Revenue Service
proceedings). Perhaps the FDA feels intimidated by the cult, which is well known for its
"fair game" practices of stalking and harassing any critic or perceived
But things have changed.
Since the beginning of 2008, much has changed in the way the world
and the general public view the Scientology cult. The worldwide "Anonymous" peaceful
protests and demonstrations have brought a tremendous amount of light and clarity to
Scientology's secretive and immoral practices. People no longer see Scientology as merely
a weird and harmless cult. People have begun to understand Scientology's "disconnection"
policy, through which families are destroyed; people now know about its internal carceral
gulag called the "Rehabilitation Project Force"; people now know about Scientology's
motto of "Always attack, never defend"; people now know that the cult owns a 500-foot
luxury cruise ship for tax-deductible Caribbean cruises for Scientologists; people now
know that Scientology was well aware that this ship internal structures and ventilation
systems were filled with highly carcinogenic blue asbestos, yet did nothing about until
port authorities forced them to do so, 21 years later. People now know that Scientology
really is what Time Magazine declared them to be in 1991: The Cult of
Let us see whether the FDA and other US Federal authorities are
really interested in enforcing the law, by putting an immediate stop to Scientology
stress test tables; by making Scientology observe each and every one of Judge Gesell's
required warnings; and by making Scientology leaders accountable for their flagrant
disregard an important judicial ruling.
The Scientology cult was founded in 1950 by science fiction writer L.
Ron Hubbard. Its primary goal is to "clear the planet" by "obliterating psychiatry."
Scientology's many front groups include the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights (CCHR),
Criminon, Narconon, and Applied Scholastics. Scientology claims to be the "world's
fastest growing religion," with some 8 million members, but mainstream demographic
surveys have shown that the number of members is closer to 55,000 worldwide, and
declining. Scientology is currently under investigation in several countries for a
variety of human rights abuses, including child abuse, violation of child labor laws,
kidnapping and running secret internal prison camps, as well as for a number of financial
SCIENTOLOGY FOUNDER L.RON HUBBARD ON CRITICS:
HUBBARD ON LESBIANS AND GAYS:
"The only answers would seem to be the permanent quarantine of such
persons from society to avoid the contagion of their insanities and the general
turbulence which they bring to any order, thus forcing it lower on the scale, or
processing such persons until they have attained a level on the tone scale which gives
HUBBARD ON MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:
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The part about the E-Meters begins on page 7
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See ANYTHING about "religion" there? I don't. It is big business.
Out in the streets, testin' the rubes
Subway book sales and recruitment
Their 1993 version, and 2008 version.
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