posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 12:06 AM
The following information comes from my high school history teacher. I apologize for any fuzzy details; it was about 5-6 years ago, after all.
He told our class that there was this non-profit organization that kept a watch on cults and other similar groups, including scientology. People
could call a number and ask them questions about various groups, to check up on them. Anyway, this organization was going bankrupt due to a lack of
donations. Right before they had to close their doors for good, someone shoveled a whole bunch of money into the floundering organization and took it
over. Who were these 'generous' people? The Church of Scientology. They rescued the group from its financial troubles, and installed its own
people to take the calls of people. Now, if you call that number, and you ask them about Scientology, instead of being warned that it was a cult and
just wanted all your money, they tell you how 'wonderful' Scientology is.
Hopefully someone can back this up with links or other info, I'm up late as it is and I don't feel like looking (I did a quick search but couldn't
find anything) Anyway, my personal opinion on Scientology is that is an organization skilled at separating fools from their money. Incidentally,
have any of you ever looked at what kind of stuff scientologists actually believe in? There's all this weird stuff about ancient alien civilizations
and galactic 'history' and junk like that which Hubbard or his successors made up. Hubbard started the 'religion' as a bet with a friend.
Hubbard claimed he could start a religion, his friend just laughed at him, so Hubbard decided to prove it. Hubbard was a sci-fi writer, and making up
stuff about aliens and turning it into a religion was easy for him.