Caleb DowdyProfessor MarnENC 1102May 1, 2010
f you want to make a little money, write a book.
f you want to make a lot of money, create areligion
, that was a quote from the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard. That was the founder of Scientology talking about using the religion he has created as a form of sustainable income and the wayhe makes his money, as true as that statement has proved it doesnt speak highly of his character.Scientology is not designed for the financially weak, with costs ranging from $16.95 for the
handbook, to $220,000 required donation to take a two-year, 16-course upper-level training program,called the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course. On top of that $220,000 required donation to the Churchfor the two-year training program you have to pay the high price of staying in a Scientologist hotel, orhousing district, the price of food, and unforeseen expenditures. The starting cost of taking theirbeginning auditing sessions on Dianetics through the church is outrageous and is stacked on top of theprice of the books required to take the auditing. The cost of only a week of beginning auditing sessionscomes with a price tag of $200. Salvation should not come with a price tag and a list of requirements inmy opinion instead it should be earned through devotion, fellowship, and self-improvement. The lasttime I checked a traditional religion will accept all members rich or poor, but the Church of Scientologydoes not. If you cant afford the price tag that comes with being a scientologist you simply cant be one.Just like that the community you were a part of and the friends you may have made are gone and youare disconnected. In addition to the outrageous price all purchases are final and asking for your moneyback is considered a High Crime to Scientologists. (Tobin, 2009)Scientology is a danger to its members and those who oppose it. According to the Scientology doctrine,people who criticize the Church of Scientology practices or policy are criminals. Critics of these policies,former members, or people in the church who fall out of favor with the church are declaredSuppressive Persons (SP). The following is an excerpt regarding SPs from
C LETTER- October 18, 1967 ENEMY SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.
Scientologists will deny that this policy exists, or theyll claim that it was cancelled. In reality only theterm Fair game was cancelled due to PR reasons, the policy itself remains unchanged and in effect.Another example of why Scientology is dangerous to its members and to those who oppose it is becauseof the Lisa McPherson Trials. Lisa McPherson was 36 years old and a loyal member of the Church of Scientology for 18 years when she died with $11 dollars in her savings account. Seventeen days beforeshe died Lisa McPherson was in a minor car accident amounting to nothing more than a finder-bender.She was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where doctors discussed having her committed for psychiatricevaluation under Floridas Baker Act. Lisa was instructed to deny medical attention and use the