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The Scientology cult's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, was a white American middle-class male who grew up in the early 20th century. It is not surprising, then, to learn that he was a racist and homophobe, and that there are many examples of these sentiments in his written and recorded works. What is surprising is that in the year 2010, the Scientology cult continues openly to embrace Hubbard's extremely offensive statements, and refuses to make even the smallest gesture to repudiate or reject Hubbard's hateful views.
in a tacit approval, Hubbard's many books and recorded lectures in
which these passages occur are re-published year after year after year,
without any clarification, comment or footnote. Indeed, no individual
Scientologist will personally reject these views, at least not in any
public forum. To do so could earn him or her some time with the
Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF), Scientology's internal corrections
and re-education system.
to one of the thousands of Scientology web sites:
Scripture of the Scientology religion consists of the writings and
recorded spoken words of L. Ron Hubbard on the subjects of Dianetics
and Scientology. This Scripture includes more than half a million
written pages, over 3,000 tape-recorded lectures and some 100
films….This Scripture is the sole source of all doctrine
regarding the religion of Scientology and it is an inherent principle
of the religion that only by exactly following the path it outlines can
mankind achieve spiritual salvation. This concept of orthodoxy in
religious practice is fundamental to Scientology. Thus, any attempt to
alter or misrepresent the Scripture is regarded as a most severe breach
of ecclesiastical ethics."
it is simply not permitted to alter, modify, or update Hubbard's work
in any way (although the cult's current leader, David Miscavige, has
made many subtle changes). In fact, it is official policy that members
must "exactly follow Hubbard's path." Still, even with the "scriptures"
remaining relatively intact, this does not explain why the cult will
not make a clear statement of its position on Hubbard's extreme views,
nor why it will not stop re-publishing them.
are a few examples of Hubbard's views on people who did not fit into
his scheme of things:
spent a little time in southern Africa:
The South African native is probably the one impossible
person to train in the entire world — he is probably
impossible by any human standard. – Hubbard, PAB No. 119, 1
September 1957, as published in Level 0 PABS (c.1968, The American St.
As long as a white foreman is there, they will prevent
soil erosion; but the moment that a white foreman turns his back
— boo! There goes the whole program. And you finally get up
to the point of where he's [native] supposed to take care of something,
a lesson which has never been taught to the native of South Africa.
– Hubbard, 15th ACC (Power of Simplicity) lecture "Education:
Point of Agreement", 30 Oct 1956.
The insanity rate per capita in South Africa is appalling.
…it is easily seen that a primary requisite in any programme
of the rehabilitation of the Bantu in South Africa would be mental
health – Hubbard, HCOB April 1960, "The Scientific Treatment
of the Insane"
[Y]ou'll find in Africans a fantastic amount of heavy
space opera and so on, going on … which makes the colored
African very, very interesting to process because he doesn't know why
he goes through all these dances … and why he feels so
barbarous ….– Hubbard, 1st Melbourne ACC, lecture
"Principal Incidents on the Track", 27 November 1959.
They took people who were totally dedicated to certain
tribal procedures … and said, "You're free." And they said,
"Free. Free? Free. Ah! You mean there's no police anymore." Boom! Boom!
– Hubbard, State of Man Congress, Opening lecture, 1 January
…the Zulu is only outside the bars of a
madhouse because there are no madhouses provided by his tribe.
… primitives are far more aberrated than civilized peoples.
Their savageness, their unprogressiveness, their incidence of illness
… – Hubbard, Dianetics: The Modern Science of
Illiterate cultures do not survive and they are not very
high. The natives of the tribe of the Bugga Bugga Booga Boogas down in
Lower Bugga Wugga Booga Woog are mostly no longer with us, or they are
around waving red flags today and revolting against their central
government. And they didn't learn fast. Their literacy was not up to
absorbing culture rapidly. They've been very happily down amongst the
bong-bong trees, you know, dancing up and down amongst the bong-bong
trees, and the highest level of their interest and so forth was their
own back yard. – Hubbard, The Study Tapes, "Study: Evaluation
and Information", lecture given on 11 August 1964
Actually, have you ever noticed how a Negro, in particular
down south, where they're pretty close to the soil, personifies MEST?
The gatepost and the wagon and the whip and anything around
there—a hat. They talk to them, you know. "What'sa mattuh wi'
you hat?" They imbue them with personality. – Hubbard,
Therapy section of Technique 80 ("Route to Infinity" tapes), Part I, a
lecture given on 21 May 1952
his book "Science of Survival,: Hubbard establishes a "tone scale,"
ranging from -3 to +4, for classifying categories of people and
evaluating human behavior. "Perverts," as he classified lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender and queer people, fall at 1.1 on Hubbard's scale.
He considered them to be extremely dangerous to society.)
"The sexual pervert (and by this term Dianetics, to be
brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in dynamic two
[sexuality and procreation] such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual
sadism, etc., and all down the catalog of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is
actually quite ill physically." -Hubbard, "Dianetics: The Modern
Science of Mental Health"
"At 1.1 on the tone scale we enter the area of the most
vicious reversal of the second dynamic. Here we have promiscuity,
perversion, sadism, and irregular practices…. People on this
level on the second dynamic are intensely dangerous in the society,
since aberration is contagious. A society which reaches this level is
on its way out of history, as went the Greeks, as went the Romans, as
goes modern European and American culture. Here is a flaming danger
signal which must be heeded if a race is to go forward…. The
person may claim to love others and to have the good of others as his
foremost interest; yet, at the same moment, he works, unconsciously or
otherwise, to injure or destroy the lives and reputations of people and
also to destroy property… No social order which desires to
survive dates overlook its stratum 1.1's. No social order will survive
which does not remove these people from its midst…. Such
people should be taken from the society as rapidly as possible and
uniformly institutionalized; for here is the level of the contagion of
immorality, and the destruction of ethics.,,, 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 them value" - Hubbard, "Science of Survival"
"Show me any person who is critical of us and I'll show
you crimes and intended crimes that would stand a magistrate's hair on
end." - Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin, 4 April 1965
"Somebody some day will say "this is illegal." By then be
sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not." -
Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 4 January 1966,
"LRH Relationship to Orgs"
"If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or
anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat
against them to cause them to sue for peace." - Hubbard, Hubbard
Communications Office Policy Letter, 15 August 1960, Dept. of Govt.
"The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage
rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and
enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway,
well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to
cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him
utterly." - Hubbard, A MANUAL ON THE DISSEMINATION OF MATERIAL, 1955
"ENEMY SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or
injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the
Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed." -
Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 18 October 1967
"A truly Suppressive Person or group has no rights of any
kind and actions taken against them are not punishable." - Hubbard,
Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 1 March 1965, HCO
(Division 1) "Ethics, Suppressive Acts, Suppression of Scientology and
"Now, get this as a technical fact, not a hopeful idea.
Every time we have investigated the background of a critic of
Scientology, we have found crimes for which that person or group could
be imprisoned under existing law. We do not find critics of Scientology
who do not have criminal pasts." - Hubbard, Hubbard Communications
Office Bulletin, 5 November 1967, "Critics of Scientology"
"This is the correct procedure: Spot who is attacking us.
Start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse using our own
professionals, not outside agencies. Double curve our reply by saying
we welcome an investigation of them. Start feeding lurid, blood sex
crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press. Don't ever tamely
submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all
the way." - Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 25
"The names and connections, at this time, of the bitterly
opposing enemy are: 1. Psychiatry and psychology (not medicine). 2. The
heads of news media who are also directors of psychiatric front groups.
3. A few key political figures in the fields of "mental health" and
education. 4. A decline of monetary stability caused by the current
planning of bankers who are also directors of psychiatric front
organizations [that] would make us unable to function." - Hubbard,
Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 16 February 1969,
"A psychiatrist today has the power to (1) take a fancy to
a woman (2) lead her to take wild treatment as a joke (3) drug and
shock her to temporary insanity (4) incarnate [sic] her (5) use her
sexually (6) sterilise her to prevent conception (7) kill her by a
brain operation to prevent disclosure. And all with no fear of
reprisal. Yet it is rape and murder. We want at least one bad mark on
every psychiatrist in England, a murder, an assault, or a rape or more
than one. This is Project Psychiatry. We will remove them." - Hubbard,
Sec ED, Office of LRH, Confidential, 22 February 1966, "Project
"Psychiatry" and "psychiatrist" are easily redefined to
mean "an anti-social enemy of the people." This takes the kill crazy
psychiatrist off the preferred list of professions...The redefinition
of words is done by associating different emotions and symbols with the
word than were intended...Scientologists are redefining "doctor",
"Psychiatry" and "psychology" to mean "undesirable antisocial
elements"...The way to redefine a word is to get the new definition
repeated as often as possible. Thus it is necessary to redefine
medicine, psychiatry and psychology downward and define Dianetics and
Scientology upwards. This, so far as words are concerned, is the public
opinion battle for belief in your definitions, and not those of the
opposition. A consistent, repeated effort is the key to any success
with this technique of propaganda." - Hubbard, Hubbard Communications
Office Policy Letter, 5 October 1971, PR Series 12, "Propaganda by
Redefinition of Words"
people "low on the tone scale":
"Unfortunately, it is all too often true that suppressors
to a creative action must be removed before construction and creation
takes place. Any person very high on the Tone Scale may level
destruction toward a suppressor." - Hubbard, "Science of Survival"
"The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals
occupying the lower bands of the Tone Scale from the social order would
result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would
interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have
entered." - Hubbard, "Science of Survival"
"There are only two answers for the handling of people
from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale, neither one of which has anything to
do with reasoning with them or listening to their justification of
their acts. The first is to raise them on the Tone Scale by
un-enturbulating some of their theta by any one of the three valid
processes. The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow."
- Hubbard, "Science of Survival"
now it's 2010 !
won't modern Scientology refute, repudiate or reject these ideas? Why
not an admission that Hubbard was wrong and insane? Individual
Scientologists will not address this question. They will only change
the subject, and insist that plenty of happy gays, people of African
heritage, and other kinds of "minorities" can be found in Scientology;
there is no policy against them; Hubbard was just a man of his times;
criticism of this kind is pure bigotry; etc. etc. etc. They will attack
the writer of the article and the writers of comments in support of the
article; they will attack all critics of Scientology as obsessed losers
in the pay of evil Nazi psychiatrists; they will attack everything Hubbard
said they should attack in such situations; but they will NOT answer any
these questions: Does
Scientology reject Hubbard's statements? Should Scientology reject
Hubbard's statements? Do you, personally, reject Hubbard's statements?
just can't bring themselves to answer these questions. Try asking a
Scientologist for a simple "Yes" or "No" to any of those questions.
give you a straight answer.
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