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Scientology is a movement of American origin that has spread to Eng-
lish-speaking areas of every continent. It is difficult to define what this word
is supposed to mean: literally it is the knowledge of sciences. It does not ap-
pear in the dictionary.

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The founder of this strange movement is Dr. Ronald Hubbard, who was
born in Tidden, Nebraska, USA, in 1911. He holds a doctor of philosophy de-
gree from Lafayette, a dubious center of learning which is recognized by no
college. He has written a very great deal. He claims to have written about
ten million words. That would mean one hundred books of three hundred
pages each.

Hubbard has been married three times, has seven children, and now
lives about thirty miles south of London, at Saint Hill Manor.
His movement has grown rapidly. It can be found in the great cities of
Europe. Scientists take no notice of Hubbard.
Hubbard has twice come into the limelight. In 1950 he published a
book entitled Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Hubbard’s
system is reminiscent of psychoanalysis, although specialists in psychother-
apy do not even take the trouble to try out his methods. The key word used
by Hubbard in his healing practice is reliving. The treatment takes this form.
The patient takes two electrodes in his hands. A meter, which Hubbard calls
an E-meter, is connected between them. Then a question and answer session
begins. If the therapist finds a problem which the patient has not yet
mastered, the meter needle jumps, due to the increase in mental tension.
The therapist then continues to talk about this difficult subject until the
meter returns to normal. The patient is then regarded as cured. This is a
method which in some ways resembles that used in electro-acupuncture.
The book Dianetics became a best seller in 1950 and earned Hubbard
a lot of money. His short courses of treatment are also a gold mine. A course
of twenty-five sessions brings in $800. A millionaire in Florida even paid
$28,000 for his course of treatment, according to a police report.
Not only the general public, but also the authorities have been taking
an increasing interest in him. In 1963 the police, acting on a court order,
searched his headquarters in Washington. One hundred E-meters and various
books of his were confiscated. The investigation revealed that Hubbard
treated every kind of disease: mental disorders, neuroses, cancer, polio, and
many others. Another discovery was that even the diagnoses were not true.
These painful investigations were no doubt the reason Hubbard left the USA
and moved to England. Since then Hubbard has changed the name of his
movement. He gave up the name Dianetics and now calls it Scientology. In
order to make a greater impact and to create open doors, he. declared that
Scientology is a religion. This gave his ministers entry to hospitals, prisons,
and public institutions.

The sort of people the Scientologists are is clear from a letter which
has been published. The history of the letter is as follows. A young man was
being treated by a Scientologist in New York. The bill came to $350. The
young man refused to pay because the treatment had been unsuccessful. He
then received a letter headed The Founding Church of Scientology and bear-
ing the signature of a Rev. S. Andrew Bagley, Organization Secretary. “If you
want to start a donnybrook, buddy, wail away,” the letter said. “To use the
argot of the streets, I’ll just start my people to work on you, and then before

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long you will be broke and out of a job, and broken in health. Then I can have
my nasty little chuckle about you. . .. You won’t take long to finish off. I would
estimate three weeks. Remember: I am not a mealy-mouthed, psalm-canting
preacher. I am a minister of the Church of Scientology! I am able to heal the
sick and I do. But I have other abilities, which include a knowledge of men’s
minds, that I will use to crush you to your knees.”
After receiving this letter the young man paid his bill at once. One can-
not help being reminded by this letter of what Mary Baker Eddy called mal-
practice
. It is a case of occult powers being employed to bring harm to
people.

I am well aware that this organization could take me to court, and I
therefore look after this letter very carefully.
What has this brutality to do with the spirit of Jesus Christ? Is it not a
stratagem of the archenemy, that people would rather be deceived than re-
ceive through Christ a peace which passes all understanding?
On December 15, 1975, the West German Third Television program car-
ried a feature on Scientology. In this program it was stated that the move-
ment has ten million followers altogether in the world. There are ten thou-
sand in Germany. Scientologists believe in the excursion of the soul. Their
aim here on earth is a life without mental illness and without war. With good
will, all denominations can find unity. A preliminary stage in the purification
process, leading up to the excursion of the soul, is the earthly aim of becom-
ing a person free of complexes. Their program to achieve this can be carried
out by a correspondence course. All courses together cost $6,000.
In this television program, a young man appeared who had belonged to
the scientologists and had then left the movement. His reason: ‘‘They did not
keep their promises, therefore I left them.” After leaving the movement, he
received a letter informing him that if he came back he would have to go
through all the courses again, at a cost of $4,000. If he did not come back,
he owed $1,900 for services rendered.
After him came a priest of Scientology, who said: “We receive no
church tax, so we have to ask for payment for our services.”
It is a matter of concern that young people are strongly attracted by
this movement. The fascination of something new entices them. The televi-
sion reporter gave a warning that the leaders of Scientology prosecute
private individuals who say anything negative about their movement.
I wrote earlier in this book that American movements generally appear
in Europe or Germany ten years later. This time it did not take so long.

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