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10 Unbelievable Scientology Facts

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In many case the subject of religion and weird facts go together like perverts standing at magazine stands. While this can be said about pretty much any religion that has ever existed there is no religion stranger and weirder than Scientology. Sure, you could use the argument that every religion has its fair share of eccentric followers but Scientology is a religion that is little more than half a century old and has origins that are as strange as some of the people who follow it.

1 – Scientology Did Not Start As a Religion

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Scientology like any other religion claims to teach people how to live a long, meaningful and happy life but unlike other religions Scientology actually started out as nothing more than a self-help book. Dianetics is the self-help book which Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote and intended for serious medical review. In this book Hubbard defined his concept of Dianetics as a form of spiritual healing and organised thought. The book managed to gain a small following of supporters who submitted academic papers regarding the use of Dianetics for peer review but neither the academic papers nor any of the principles of Dianetics received any backing from academic or medical communities. In fact pretty much all the ideas put forward in the book were dismissed as nonsense by nearly everyone.

2 – Scientology Was Once a Floating Religion

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L. Ron Hubbard is certainly well known for his radical ideas and it was those ideas that he feared persecution. In 1967 he setup the Sea Org, a naval based unit of the Church of Scientology. He then sailed the Sea Org around the Mediterranean until the early 1970’s.

Sea Org personnel had their very own naval uniforms and leadership conventions, with some teenage, female members famously wearing tank tops and hot pants as their uniform. No one is quite sure why women were required to wear hot pants but I am sure Hubbard had his reasons which had nothing to do with him brainwashing young girls who wanted to please a cult leader.

The Sea Org still exists to this day although the unit is based mainly on land. It is unclear if teenage girls are still required to wear tank tops and hot pants but it is known that high level social gatherings for the Scientology organisation still take place on the unit’s flagship, Freewinds, which is stationed in the Caribbean.

3 – The Sea Org is For Life, And then Some

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The original mission of the Sea Org as stated by Hubbard is “an exploration into both time and space.” Any member of the Church of Scientology who wishes to join the Sea Org must sign a special contract agreeing to its original mission. Each contract lasts for more than a person’s lifetime and anyone who signs such a contract is agreeing to return to the Sea Org division every time they are reborn within a period of one billion years.

4 – Scientology is Notoriously Litigious

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You really do not need to do much digging to find someone with something bad to say about Scientology. In fact you can pretty much stop any random person on the street and they will roll their eyes at the very mention of the religion. Of course you can take most religions and fins someone somewhere with something bad to say.

Every religion I can think of usually takes such negative comments on the chin and simply gets on with their daily business but the Church of Scientology is different. The Church of Scientology is very sensitive about anything it happens to perceive as even the slightest insult to its reputation and therefore has a very long history of suing people who dare speak publicly about it.

The most famous Scientology lawsuits are the ones that it has launched against people, groups or organisations who have referred to Scientology as a ‘cult’.

5 – Scientology Has a Track Record of Stalking People

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When the Church of Scientology underwent a huge growth in the 1960’s and 1970’s there were plenty of government authorities and journalists desperate to take a good look at its action. This was largely due to concern that many people being initiated into the church may possibly get scammed out of large sums of money.

Hubbard and top level officials within the church were quick to respond to any such criticism and did so by issuing guidance to its lawyers and followers that critics must be identified, followed, investigated for criminal or morally dubious activity and then blackmailed or publically smeared so their negative claims about the church could be discredited. The church defines ‘morally dubious activity’ as homosexuality, sexual promiscuity and drug use.

6 – Scientology Tries to Harass Some People to Death

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The Church of Scientology has a ‘Fair Game’ doctrine which is used to allow the harassment and convert investigation and smearing of all critics and ex-members. This doctrine was famously used to target Paulette Cooper the Journalist who wrote the book: The Scandal of Scientology.

In the book Cooper criticised the Church of Scientology for its anti-psychiatry stance and in response the church launched what is known as Operation Freakout. Operation Freakout was a sustained campaign of litigation fake bomb threats in Cooper’s name and harassment. The overall objective of this operation was to have Cooper hospitalised, imprisoned or driven to suicide.

7 – Scientology Infiltrated the US Government

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This may sound like the stuff great conspiracy theories are made of but in the 1970’s the Church of Scientology launched what is known as Operation Snow White. This operation was designed to slowly and gradually infiltrate various government institutions and private organisations that Hubbard knew or believed had been investigating or critical of himself or the Church of Scientology.

In the region of 5,000 Church members are believed to have gained access to 136 United States Government agencies, private businesses and foreign embassies. Not only did they manage to infiltrate these organisations they also managed to steal or destroy large numbers of records that were being held about the church.

To this day Operation Snow White remains the largest infiltration of the US Government in history.

8 – Xenu: The Evil Dictator

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This is where things really start getting weird in the religion of Scientology. The church’s doctrine’s ‘Operating Thetan Level III’ states that Xenu was the evil dictator of the Galactic Confederacy which existed a whopping 75 million years ago.

Hubbard claims that Xenu was responsible for bringing billions of people to earth and then dropped them in groups around volcanoes. He then proceeded to drop hydrogen bombs on them killing them all. The souls of all these dead people were then forced to watch a “3D, super colossal motion picture” which gave them false memories of Jesus Christ, his crucifixion and all major world religions.

The souls of these billions of dead people apparently still exist to this very day and  will negatively affect anyone who does not have them specially removed by authorised people from the Church of Scientology. Obviously the Church of Scientology can’t do such a thing for free so if you fancy having yourself rid of these dead souls expect to play a huge sum of money for the process.

9 – Scientology Hates Psychiatrists

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Scientology makes no secret about its hate for psychiatrists and even has its very own museum about psychiatry which the church calls ‘An Industry of Death.’

Hubbard and his church believe and teach followers that psychology and psychiatry, especially that involving medication, is barbaric. Followers of Scientology believe that any form of mental illness should not be treated by mental health professionals but rather by spiritual methods of healing and treatment that can only be taught by the church itself.

For people who are not involved in Scientology it comes with some irony that an organisation who believes in an alien by the name Xenu is against help for the mentally insane.

10 – Scientology Is the Work of a Science Fiction Author

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This may be difficult to believe but Scientology is the work of L. Ron Hubbard a famous science fiction author. Actually when you take a second look it is hardly surprising that a religion which teaches its followers about alien overlords, galactic confederacy, hydrogen bombing of dead people’s souls and implant stations is the work of a science fiction writer.

This may be difficult to believe but Scientology is the work of L. Ron Hubbard a famous science fiction author. Actually when you take a second look it is hardly surprising that a religion which teaches its followers about alien overlords, galactic confederacy, hydrogen bombing of dead people’s souls and implant stations is the work of a science fiction writer.

If horror author Stephen King invented a religion based around a Jack Nicholson characters then it would probably fall into the same bracket as Scientology.

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