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The founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, was exposed as a fraud 30 years ago by British diplomats who were investigating his qualifications.
The science-fiction writer, who invented a religion now followed by celebrities such as Tom Cruise, awarded himself a PhD from a sham “diploma mill” college that he had acquired, the diplomats found.
Department of Health files, some closed until 2019, have been released early to The Times by the National Archives after a successful request under the Freedom of Information Act.
“I understand it is asserted that L. Ron Hubbard was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Sequoia University on February 10, 1953, in recognition of his outstanding work in the fields of Dianetics and Scientology and that the said degree was recorded with the Department of Education of the State of California,” John McMaster stated.
“The position is L. Ron Hubbard [and others] acquired premises somewhere in Los Angeles which they had registered as a university called Sequoia and immediately awarded each other doctorates.” Dianetics is the so-called “science” founded by Hubbard to provide spiritual healing.
Originally posted by kiwifoot
So this guy was a total fraud, inventing his qualifications and a religion.
Originally posted by havok
This is great. Scientology? Ha! Im going to start a religion named, "Musicology". See how many people worship music and spend their lives chanting song lyrics, and directly copying what the singers wear, how they talk, and what they buy.
OH WAIT THATS WHAT TODAYS KIDS DO NOW!
Jeez, if I knew it would be this easy, I'd started it years ago.
Rather depressing if you think about it.
Originally posted by KSPigpen
..And you know they are reading this....look for a couple or three guys to meet you on the street on your way to the library and ask you 'what are your CRIMES, kiwi...what are you CRIMES?.'
Originally posted by debunky
Ever heard of the beatles?
The rolemodel thing is a part of growing up, and always has been. Modern media have just broadened to scope, it isn't a symptom of moral/intellectual decline.