Scientology's Affiliated Organisations in the UK:
A Critical View

by Martin Poulter, with additional research by Steve A.


Introduction

World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE)

Citizen's Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)

The Way to Happiness Foundation

Oxford Capacity Analysis

CPRMA/ FACT/ TAIM

Applied Scholastics

Freedom Magazine

The Jive Aces

Narconon

Other Groups

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Introduction

The Scientology organisation has spawned a large number of other groups and projects, often with ostensibly humanitarian aims, such as promoting literacy or exposing human rights abuse. Scientology's involvement with these groups is often cited as evidence that Scientology's main aims are humanitarian, and that Scientology is effective in dealing with real problems.

The problem comes when one asks for hard evidence to back up the claims of wild success. Why is it so hard to find independent confirmation of the claimed benefits for society? Also, can one really trust the claims that these organisations are social pressure groups and not recruiting fronts for an organisation of which the public is becoming increasingly wary?

In the opinion of the present writer, this set of groups constitutes a highly skilled public relations strategy, making use of Scientology's idealistic, unquestioning followers in projects which mislead the public, or even recruit people who would be wary of a direct approach from Scientologists. To the casual listener, the name of Scientology can become strongly associated with adjectives such as "humanitarian" or "anti-drug" by these efforts. In public debate, Scientology's spokespeople frequently quote statistics on the performance of these various programmes; "We've got 100,000 people off drugs- have YOU done that?" "We've taught 2 and a half million South African children to read, so we can't be all that bad, can we?"

Scientology's followers are genuinely keen to save the world from drugs and crime and believe they have a uniquely powerful way to achieve it. They take these statistics and the accompanying vague, unsubstantiated first-person accounts at face value. As outsiders, we are not obliged to do the same.

The critical evaluation of these projects has been made more easy by the recent creation of web sites for a number of Scientology's affiliated groups. These web sites contain just the kind of unsubstantiated hype which rings alarm bells in critical readers. Those pages are linked from each section heading of this essay.

You will see that Scientology makes a lot of use of personal accounts. I'd like to redress this balance: if you have had any bad experiences as a member or a client of any of the organisations mentioned here, please tell me at M.L.Poulter@bris.ac.uk.


More critical essays will be added to this page as time allows and as further information comes in. The following groups are of interest:

NOTS
Higher levels of L Ron Hubbard's teaching; particularly expensive and particularly incomprehensible.

New Era Publications
Publishes "Dianetics" and other L Ron Hubbard books.

Criminon
Claims to be able to reduce the recidivism rates among juvenile criminals from 80% to 2%.

The Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE)
An umbrella group incorporating most of the other organisations mentioned here.
A much more complete listing of pro-scientology groups is maintained by Tilman Hausherr.

Many, if not all, of the names of Scientology's affiliated groups are claimed as trademarks owned by Scientology organisations. They are used here without permission, and are hereby acknowledged as trademarks.

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