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From: lindsay+@cs.cmu.edu (Donald Lindsay)
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: Re: Frequently Asked Questions - 2
Summary: Some balance
Message-ID: <1991Sep10.042109.225492@cs.cmu.edu>
Date: 10 Sep 91 04:21:09 GMT
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The FAQ which was just posted is a blatant advertisement, which doesn't address the less positive aspects of the church. To add balance:

"The Science Fiction Encyclopedia" (Peter Nicholls, copyright 1979, Doubleday):

"Hubbard also taught that traumas could be pre-natal, and eventually that they could have been suffered during previous incarnations. A "clear", one who had successfully rid himself of aberrations, would possess, according to Hubbard, radically increased intelligence, powers of telepathy, the ability to move outside his body, the ability to control such somatic processes as growing new teeth, and a photographic memory. ... In 1952, after an organizational rift, Hubbard left the Dianetic Foundation, and soon advertised his new advance on Dianetics, Scientology."

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"The worst setback scientology received was the result of the Board of Inquiry set up in the state of Victoria, Australia, in 1963. The Anderson report which followed in 1965 found that "Scientology is evil: its techniques are evil: its practice a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially: and its adherents sadly deluded and often mentally ill." 151 witnesses had been examined before this conclusion was reached. Scientology was then banned in Victoria. A later disaster was the deportation of L. Ron Hubbard from the UK as an undesirable alien in 1968. Scientology has since been directed from the ships of Hubbard's fleet, usually found in the Mediterranean. In 1978 he was sentenced, in his absence, to four years' imprisonment in Paris after being found guilty of obtaining money under false pretences through scientology."

More could be said, but there: you're warned. -- Don D.C.Lindsay Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute

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