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

by Martin Poulter, with additional research by Steve A.

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The Way to Happiness Foundation

This organisation is centred round the printing and distribution of "The Way to Happiness", a short booklet of 21 mundane percepts written by L Ron Hubbard. The Foundation claims to have distributed 40 million copies of the booklet, which recommends, for example, that if you brush your teeth regularly you will have less need for a dentist. The Foundation also claims that:
  • "The Way To Happiness", when distributed in the black township of Soweto, did much to ease racial tensions and bring an end to the violence. As usual, we have nothing more than this vague, uncheckable report to go on.

  • "Hard-core gang members" in Los Angeles, having read the booklet, suddenly started removing graffiti and passing the booklet out to other gang members.
Is it wise to seek moral quidance from L Ron Hubbard? Let's look at some of his own pronouncements on moral themes:
"Handling truth is a touchy business ... Tell an acceptable truth."
L. Ron Hubbard, The Missing Ingredient, 13 August 1970.

The telling of "acceptable truths" is a tactic regularly employed by Scientologists. Most of the time, they will bend over backwards to avoid telling a lie, although there can be no doubt that Scientology's spokespeople have lied to the public (indeed, a training routine called "Training Routine- Lying" exists for this purpose). The way Scientologists are taught to avoid telling an ouright lie is to deliberately misinterpret the question, or interpret it completely literally. For example, if a Scientologist is asked "Is such-and-such school associated with Scientology?" they will answer "No". What they will not tell you is that the school is run by Applied Scholastics, and/or uses "LRH Study Tech", developed by L Ron Hubbard and used within Scientology, to teach children. Another example of the "acceptable truth" policy comes from an ex-scientologist quoted in the Bristol Journal. He was told that when his parents asked how much money he was spending on Scientology courses, he should answer "more than five hundred pounds". He wasn't telling a lie as such, but he was diverting them from the truth that he was spending thousands.

"The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background and achievements. The writings and documents in evidence additionally reflect his egoism, greed, avarice, lust for power, and vindictiveness and aggressiveness against persons perceived by him to be disloyal or hostile."
California Superior Court Judge Breckenridge on L. Ron Hubbard, 1984

Would you want a man described in this manner by a judge lecturing your children on morality?

Crowley styled himself "the Beast 666", servant of the Antichrist, and advocated the use of addictive drugs and bizarre sexual practices. Jack Parsons was a chemist and an early member of Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, but his passion was Magick (as Crowley respelled the word). Hubbard and Parsons performed sexual ceremonies to summon a woman willing to become the mother of "Babalon", the incarnation of evil. The affair ended with Hubbard running off not only with Parsons' girl Sara, but also with his money. Hubbard married Sara Northrup bigamously, and started to write pathetic letters applying for a war pension. In October 1947, when according to later accounts he had "cured" himself through Dianetics, Hubbard admitted to suicidal tendencies and begged for psychiatric help in a letter to the Veterans Administration.
from "The Total Freedom Trap", Jon Atack

A man who practiced bizarre "sex magick" rituals, telling children about morality?

"Scientology is evil; its techniques evil; its practice a serious threat to the community; medically, morally and socially."
Report of the Board of Inquiry into Scientology for the State of Victoria, Australia, 1965.

Some moralist!

It is very easy to write out a list of platitudes about how people should be nice to each other and should be law-abiding. What is more impressive, and more effective in educating children, is moral leadership by example. Hubbard, a proven fraud in France and an un-indicted co-conspirator in the burglary and wiretapping of more than a hundred US government offices, is not a good example by any standards.

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