Prof. Richard G. Benefield
L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), was an author with a strong imagination
produced much science fiction, which is interesting, and which sold far and wide. He
started a movement called DIANETICS, but the name was later changed to Scientology,
and then it was called a church. It began to win more followers after being called a
church. Then it fought for tax exemption.
Hubbard tried college, was placed on academic probation, and never
qualifications to practice “mental healing.” But he made big claims of producing ultimate
Hubbard’s fantastic claims for his religion are dangerous psychologically
Hubbard, his wife, and some followers were involved in the crimes
burglary, wiretapping, and other activities. Some convictions followed. Time magazine,
in 1983, and other news media, reported these events. Hubbard was especially harsh
against people he thought to be his enemies.
Crimes actually committed by religions, and cults were, and are,
people are not educated about this fact, and most never will study such things about
religions, cults, and some church denominations. Reality about these institutions make
many people feel uncomfortable, so they will not consider the facts. Many of these people
are tender minded.
3. HUBBARD’S DISCLAIMERS
On the back of the complete title page of his book, “Dianetics:
Science of Mental Health,” the readers are rather ambiguously told that Dianetics is not an
authoritative statement. It is further said that the E-Meter cannot do anything. These are
two disclaimers. They admit that Dianetics is no authority. Hubbard used the E-Meter,
but he and his followers deny that it can cure or predict anything. It is supposed to be an
aid to locating spiritual problems with the use of electrobes. It might as well be a ouija
These disclaimers are somewhat like the disclaimers used in advertizing
psychics on television. The psychic disclaimer says, “For entertainment only.” Many
people are damaged by Dianetics, and by psychics. Disclaimers are efforts for protection
against law suits. Yet many thousands of people pay money, but pay no attention to
Watch for various disclaimers.
4. REJECTION OF PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY
Scientology rejects both psychology and psychiatry. Cults,
and many people in
various contradictory religions, do the same thing. These two mental health sciences are
seen as threats. So they are run down, criticized, and rejected. But such rejection does
not lessen the importance and value of these sciences.
5. REJECTION OF FREUD
As could be expected, Scientology rejects both Freud and psychoanalysis.
shares this erroneous rejection with the women’s liberation movement, and the so-called
gay liberation movement. Scientology perceives two more threats from Freud and the
mental health science he founded.
Hubbard used the word “philosophy,” but rejected it as a science
that Dianetics is a science. But Dianetics is no science. Hubbard mentioned some
philosophers, but thought that he was superior to all of them. Sheer nonsense!
Hubbard believed that a person could know through intuition, a
indicates what is true. There are many contradictory claims by various people that they
can “just feel” what decision or decisions will do. A mystic usually feels that he/she is
“plugged” into a special truth “socket.” But many reports claim that Scientology is
interested in wealth, and its “cleansing” power more than anything else.
Mysticism influenced Ronnie Hubbard. He received some of
this influence from
Eastern Religious mysticism. Mysticism is the claim of having special or mysterious
insight which no one can have unless he or she is initiated into the same group. The
mysterious is often obscure. Mystics often claim that outsiders “just don’t understand.”
Mysticism has power because so many mystics have closed minds. Scientology says it is
not mystical but it is.
8. “PROCLAIMS” NOT LOGICAL ARGUMENTS
To proclaim is to declare, set forth, or announce. A “proclaim”
is a teaching or
declaration. I coined the word to denote what religionists and mystics often do. They
make “proclaims” about their doctrines. But mere proclaims are not logical. Cults and
religions use “Proclaims.” They proclaim one so-called truth after another. Moreover
they proclaim all types of contradictory truths. False truth claims are all over the world,
and this fact is literal.
Proclaims merely proclaim or state that something is true or a
fact. Proclaims are
not logical arguments, and are not based on logic and the scientific method.
9. COUNTRIES IN CONFLICT WITH SCIENTOLOGY
Scientology admits that it had and has conflicts with governments
countries. Countries include France, Italy, Canada, Australia, Great Britian, Germany,
United States, and so on. The united German government rejected scientology by saying
that it is not a church but a dangerous cult. It is considered to be a money-making racket,
not a legitimate church. Scientology conflicted with other nations over money matters,
taxes, in some cases tax exemption, and over psychotic members refusing to take
prescriptions from psychiatrists. Psychotic patients often cannot be controlled without
psychiatrists or other physicians prescribing effective drugs.
American federal government officials in the past raided Scientology
efforts to confiscate illegal drugs. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the federal
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other government agencies investigated
Scientology. It was also investigated by Interpol on an international basis.
Many court battles occurred as governments filed charges against some
and as Scientology filed many lawsuits. And the trouble goes on.
Scientology, along with other cults, religions, church denominations,
(we are “it” -- have the truth) churches and religious groups finally became a tax exempt
religion in the United States. It is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt religion. Taxpayers can have
fun paying taxes it does not pay.
10. DIANETICS: FALSE PSEUDO-PSYCHOLOGY
Hubbard claimed that man, he meant people (he always used “man,”
time, and time again), made no progress in mental healing in the past. Man learned little
about the mind, and there was very little progress in knowledge about the mind in Western
civilization. Hubbard proclaimed that he discovered the only true science of mind. It
sounds like the Christian Science cult at times. Psychology, psychoanalysis, and especially
psychiatry, according to Mr. Hubbard, was all false and evil. He and Scientology
literature carried on strong opposition against psychiatry, the American Psychiatric
Association (APA), and to a lesser extent against the American Medical Association
Some psychiatrists treated psychotic Scientologists as patients.
psychiatrists rejected Scientology as a dangerous religion. Hubbard’s claims about
Dianetics as a cure for all types of mental illnesses was completely rejected. Moreover
Hubbard’s so-called mental technology could cause various emotional, and mental
problems. Today (1998) Scientology labels psychiatrists as “priesthood,” and likens them
to witch doctors, and implies that they are fools, and stupid, and that they never did
anything for mentally ill people or for society. Scientology claims that it made modern
psychiatry nervous, and that it wounded it. Scientology wants psychiatrists to leave a
person alone if he or she is having an epileptic seizure or a psychotic episode regardless of
how severe the episode is, and regardless of what happens to the person. Scientology
claims that millions of dollars spent on psychiatrists are wasted money, and that
Scientology, using Hubbard’s mental healing, could accomplish more for $10.00, the cost
of a book, probably Hubbard’s “Dianetics.”
All psychosurgery is rejected, and so are all drugs prescribed
Scientologists are forbidden to take any prescribed drugs for nervous, emotional, or
mental problems. Scientology claims that psychiatry is trying to control the world in
attempts to control peoples’ minds with prescribed drugs. Then it claims there are 500
Scientology practioneers to every one psychiatrist. Hubbard, and Scientology, intend to
end insanity (their use of the term) in the world. They intend to do it with Dianetics
technology. Likewise they want to end crimes and war. Scientology is a kind of
utopianism which causes more insanity, and as we saw has been involved in many crimes.
It only contributes to insanity problems, and does not end them.
Scientology opposes the use of Electric Shock Therapy (EST).
also oppose its use. But Scientology uses its E-Meter (Electropsychometer) which relays
a small current of electricity into the body of the subject. Remember, Scientology says
again and again that the E-Meter can do nothing, but then it says it can be made to work.
Legal authorities have warned Scientology not to make false medical or psychological
claims. The E-Meter is supposed to measure a change in a subject’s mind and a problem
can be indicated. It is part of a money making system. Psychiatrists rejected it.
“Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health,” is the complete
Hubbard’s book. But it is neither science nor safe or effective treatment for emotional or
mental problems. It is no more reliable than Mary Baker Eddy’s “Science and Health
With Key to the Scriptures,” which is the authority for the Christian Science cult.
11. COURT DECLARED HUBBARD TO BE INSANE
Los Angeles Times reporters provided news about Hubbard
and his religion from
time to time. In June of 1984 it reported that a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge gave
the court’s opinion that L. Ron Hubbard was a paranoid schizophrenic, who was also a
pathological liar. Time magazine questioned Hubbard’s mental competentcy in 1983.
After 1984 Hubbard was not heard from again. It is guessed that some of his followers
hid him away because he suffered a mental breakdown. His death was reported to be
January 24, 1986. In a sense Ron Hubbard was an unfortunate victim, and a tragedy who
could have helped many people find the way of God instead of the way of another cult.
12. DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAM
I served as the director of an American Indian tribe’s social
for two years while continuing to teach university courses. The Chilocco, Oklahoma,
Indian School closed. I wrote a closing speech for one educational official. Scientology
obtained the closed school and opened a Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Center in it. An
employee came to my office and asked me to endorse the center. They wanted to treat
some Indians in their drug program, and wanted the endorsement of the Indian Health
Services, and wanted to receive federal funding which federal tax payers would pay. He
did not tell me that it was a Scientology project but I was already familiar with the
I talked with him about the center, and program, and then about
asked, “How many psychologists do you have at the center?” He said, “None, but we
have a person who took a general psychology course.” I have taught university
psychology courses for many years, and it is unbelievable that a drug treatment center only
had the first course in psychology completed by one person. Of course it had no
psychiatrist or psychoanalyst. I refused to endorse the center but it eventually obtained
Some people who take drugs enter the center and study Hubbard’s
exercise, take sauna baths, and eat regular meals. Some people on drugs never receive
any treatments or therapy or enter any kind of center, and yet merely quit drugs. Many
others need help but should receive professional medical and mental health treatment.
People do not need to be indoctrinated into cults.
Scientology, like most cults, depends on many testimonials to
endorse its religion
and programs. Testimonials can be manipulated, and selected, and they can be, and often
are, illogical. Religious and political groups have used testimonials to endorse and prove
Scientology says that Hubbard’s “Dianetics,” and some of his other
her scriptures. They spell scriptures without a capital “S.” The Mormon Church uses
“The Book of Mormon,” “Doctrines and Covenants,” and “The Pearl of Great Price” as
their scriptures. Other cults use a variety of so-called holy writings. Some also use the
Bible or parts of it. Scientology does not believe in the Old Testament or the New
Scientology claims that their followers can attend any church
or religion and yet be
Scientologists. But people who are members of the Scientology religion are expected to
give money and tithe. Money is necessary. Hubbard himself was a multimillionaire.
Scientology says that it has no dogma about God. It says
there are many gods.
This is polytheism (belief in gods -- plural). The Mormon Church teaches that faithful
Mormons can become gods (polytheism), have sex forever, and populate other planets or
earths (plural). Polytheism is common in many cults, and religions. But there is only one
Scientology refers to the “Christ Legend,” does not accept Christ
as the Saviour,
rejects the idea of sin, and says repentance is contemptible; rejects salvation in Christ, and
rejects hell (lake of fire) as a myth.
“Church” means “body of believers called out.” The Greek
word for “Church” is
“ecclesia.” The Church of Christianity is a body of Christian believers in Christ, called out
of the bondage and sinful bondage of the world by the Holy Spirit. The Scientology
“church” and religion is nothing like the Church. But it has to be a church or religion in
order to be tax exempt.
Scientology is a mystic type of philosophy of religion based on
Scientology uses the appeal to simplicity fallacy. It claims
teachings are simple.
People who refuse to accept Scientology are accused of being uninformed,
error, or merely opposed to the Truth. Ladies and gentlemen so say all of the cults!
15. TURNING CHILDREN AGAINST PARENTS
Scientology has programs to win youth. “Disconnection” is
the term used when it
is considered to be necessary to disconnect from a family. Cults, and religions, teach
youth that if their parents do not want them to accept the Truth, then they must break
away from their families.
Youth are told that their parents do not have time to “get involved”
just now, and
that they refuse to accept the Truth. “We have the Truth,” is a common claim and appeal
of cults. They often succeed in turning a young person against a paraent, or parents.
Cults often break-up families, marriages, and homes. Cults drill and drill youth on refusing
to obey parents if parents try to get them out of the cults. Emotional and mental problems
are often caused by these methods. When a youth gets sick or suffers a mental break
down, then the parents often get back their daughter or son. Then the struggle to restore
the youth often begins in earnest. Physicians, psychiatrists, hospitals, worries, and
expenses (bills) are often involved. I personally detest the ways which cults use to break
up families. Many church denominations and religions do the same thing.
Only a parent who has experienced such a tragedy can know the
struggle involved in getting the youth back to mental and physical health. Many youth
never fully recover. Many adults have the same mental problems or break-downs.
Cults deny that they brainwash people, but brainwashing is part
of their methods.
They cannot lie their way out of this fact.
16. DANGEROUS RELIGION
Scientology claims that it is the world’s fastest growing religion
but it is not. The
religion of Islam is the fastest growing religion and it is non-Christian. Estimates of
Scientology’s membership are from two million to five million people. This is large for a
cult, and large for many church denominations, and for some religions. The Mormon cult
is also growing faster than Hubbard’s religion. See my writing on this web site. Title:
“Mormons: Can They Become Gods, and Have Sex Forever?”
Hubbard taught that a person is a “preclear” before going through
the process of
study based on his writing. It is claimed that no person was really “clear” until Hubbard
produced his religious system. No one, so it is said, ever knew the Truth. Later
contradictions follow this claim. A person pays to audit Scientology courses. It gets
expensive. An Auditor which is a Scientology minister teaches the courses. After
completing Dianetics training, and exactly applying Scientology principles, an auditor
(student) can become a “Clear.” This means that a person’s so-called reactive mind has
been lost. The claim is that the person no longer has this mind. The “Clear” is said to
have no harmful engrams. An engram is supposed to be somewhat of a mental photo or
picture received when the person is unconscious. Harmful engrams, so Hubbard, must be
ousted before a person is a “Clear.” (Can an unconscious person receive “pictures?”)
Now a “Clear” is on the path of Scientology Truth. (This so-called Truth is actually
fiction). But once a Scientologist does not mean always a Scientologist. Many
Scientologists quit the religious cult. Some Scientologists are converted to God through
Christ and become Christians. Many other people in the cult simply cannot afford it
anymore. It is a waste of time and money.