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Sensationalism - How Writers Have Overexaggerated the Connection Between L Ron Hubbard and Aleister Crowley

Sensationalism - How Writers Have Overexaggerated the Connection Between L Ron Hubbard and Aleister Crowley

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SENSATIONALISM1Sensationalism:How Popular Writers Have Over Exaggerated the Connection BetweenL Ron Hubbard and Aleister Crowley Jessica E. SidewaysMetropolitan State College of Denver
SENSATIONALISM2Sensationalism:How Popular Writers Have Over Exaggerated the Connection BetweenL Ron Hubbard and Aleister CrowleyAs Scientology, the religion created by science-fiction writer LafayetteRonald Hubbard (commonly known as L Ron Hubbard and to his followers as“Ron”, “LRH” and “Source”), gains more and more public scrutiny andexposure, people get more and more interested regarding this self-stylereligion. However, the connections between L Ron Hubbard and AleisterCrowley are very tenuous at best and a form of yellow journalism at worst. Toaccomplish this, I will first introduce Aleister Crowley, the belief system of  Thelema and key concepts and organizations related to this topic. Then, I willintroduce L Ron Hubbard and his involvement and references to AleisterCrowley in the scriptures and recorded lectures of Scientology. Then, I willprovide an analysis of how the connection between L Ron Hubbard andAleister Crowley is misused in the media.Aleister Crowley (born Edward Alexander Crowley)L. Ron Hubbard’s only encounter with Ordo Templi Orientis and with Thelema was with Jack Parsons at the former Agape Lodge in Pasadena,California.
To Talk About the Occult is to Deal With the Spectre of Satanism
 There are several problems when talking about Aleister Crowley or anyoccult group. There is a great deal of misinformation spread in virtually all
SENSATIONALISM3mediums concerning occult groups, including Ordo Templi Orientis. One suchassertion is that all occult groups are Satanic. However, this is far from thecase when talking about Ordo Templi Orientis but it remains an issue of considerable importance when discussing the occult, along with discussing LRon Hubbard’s own occult practices throughout his lifespan. Therefore, inorder to talk about the sensationalism that insidiously worms its way throughthe news media, one also has to define Satanism and the practices of Satanism.Here is what the United States Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis(n.d.) has to say in response to the frequently asked question “Is Ordo TempliOrientis Satanic or anti-Christian?”:O.T.O. makes no claims or representations to be either Satanic or anti-Christian. We find that these characterizations serve no real purpose indescribing what we are about, or our vision for humanity. Rather thanbeing anti-Christian, we are in fact pro-Thelema: we support the Thelemic ideals of freedom of religious and personal self-expression;emancipation from superstition and social oppression; and thedevelopment of a world view which supports and encourages the age-old vision of the Universal Brotherhood of mankind. This is a common problem when the news media talks about certainnon-Christian groups such as Ordo Templi Orientis or Anton Svander LaVey’s“Church of Satan”. To discuss this topic appropriately, we must also providean analysis of differences between Ordo Templi Orientis and the Church of 

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