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Here are some more sources of information about Scientology on the Internet.
The newsgroup where it all blew up: Read alt.religion.scientology, the biggest flamewar on Usenet.
Internet Relay Chat: Many critics of the Church meet regularly to discuss the day's events on the EFNet IRC channel #scientology. This channel grew from a once-a-week gathering to a lively discussion almost any time. Although #scientology is usually inhabited by critics, anyone is welcome.
Just the FAQs: Unfortunately for the newbie, alt.religion.scientology and #scientology are often full of in-jokes and Scientology jargon. Martin Hunt's page contains a number of helpful FAQs, including an extensive book list.
Recommended Web Pages
If you are unfamiliar with the Church of Scientology, its harrassment of critics, or its attack on the Internet, start your reading at Modemac's Scientology page.
For a comprehensive look at the battle between the Church of Scientology and the Internet, see Ron Newman's Church of Scientology vs. the Net page. Although Ron hasn't updated this page since late 1996, it's still one of the first and best web sites available. Ron also maintains an extensive archive of newspaper and periodical articles about Scientology's harassment of critics, on and off the Net.
British critic Chris Owen has written and posted a number of detailed essays criticizing specific aspects of Scientology beliefs and practices. The Scientology Audited page covers topics such as Scientology public relations materials, the E-meter, and cult recruiting methods.
These are the pages the Church of Scientology doesn't want you to read.
Operation Clambake has Scientology secret doctrines available on request, and links to others. You will also find the infamous Org-killing Xenu leaflet, the Xenu after-school special, and a guest book that's lots of fun to read. Scientology's American lawyers actually traveled to Norway to get this page shut down on the basis of copyright infringement. However, Andreas Heldal-Lund, the site owner, hosts nothing on-site and the cult's complaints were based on the contents of someone else's site.
Does Scientology kill? The Scientology Kills web site says yes, and documents several instances of suicides and mysterious deaths related in some way to Scientology. It also lists other illegal activities and examples of hatred and bigotry (from a church advocating "religious tolerance," of all things). Scientology has attacked this site on the basis of it using their trademarked name in the URL.
Scientology Pages World-Wide
Canada: Scientology is currently the only criminally convicted religion in Canada, as well as the record holder for largest libel judgment awarded against them. At the time of writing, they are applying for tax-exempt charity status in Canada so that their "parishioners" can claim "donations" on their tax return.
Gregg Hagglund's site has reports of his well-organized and hugely successful pickets of the Church in Toronto, as well as "Dyin' Ethics," the popular and lengthy critical pamphlet he distributes outside the Church building.
Scientology in Canada, by Martin Hunt, has transcripts of a Vancouver radio phone-in show about Scientology, documents from a court case involving Al Buttnor, currently Vice President of the Church in Toronto and Director of Special Affairs for Canada, and other Canadian content.
The UK: Martin Poulter's UK Scientology page has resources dealing with Scientology in the United Kingdom.
Germany: Scientology has come under heavy government scrutiny in Germany because of its actions. The German courts have ruled that they are not a religion, but a for-profit business. Germany is second only to the United States in profitability for the Church: understandably, they are painting themselves as victims of persecution. To familiarise yourself with the sort of claims that are being made, read my transcript of American State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns' appearance on the CBC Radio One current affairs program As It Happens.
The Netherlands: Dutch writer Karin Spaink was involved in 1995-96 with the so-called Dutch Protest, an anti-Scientology effort in which numerous Dutch individuals and Internet service providers (ISPs) posted copies of an affadavit by former Scientologist Stephen Fishman, which contained the confidential Operating Thetan (OT) scriptures. The Church sued Spaink and more than 20 ISPs, but the Dutch courts threw the case out completely. Read Spaink's own account of the Dutch proceedings.
Greece: Greece is, to date, the only country to raid and shut down Scientology, which operated as "KEFE" (the Center for Applied Philosophy), not as a religion. On Tony Bosnakoudis' Greece Uncovers Scientology page, you will learn how the Church shut down the government's ability to monitor fringe sects. Only the Greek Orthodox Church and concerned parents, with the help of the media, were able to force the issue and prompt a police raid of KEFE in 1995. Tony also has many images of actual Scientology documents.
The Official Scientology Site
The Church has its own extensive network of Web sites. We critics link to them out of fairness; I don't expect Scientology to return the favour any time soon. After all, I oppose them. Therefore, not only am I a purveyor of "hate literature," but I'm probably hiding secret crimes too.
Warning: Don't go here without a fast
connection, since the Scientology pages are extremely
graphics-intensive. Also, it seems the webmaster never heard of
is the main site, covering the Scientology religion. It includes a
complete on-line version of the book What is Scientology?
and a nifty global locator to help you find any Scientology church
in the world. Try it out when you're planning the next
www.dianetics.org is all about Dianetics, the bait in Scientology's bait-and-switch scheme.
www.lronhubbard.org focuses on the life and times of Church founder and con artist L. Ron Hubbard. I got the most laughs reading Ron's poetry, a tribute to forced rhyme.
Additionally Scientology has numerous front groups with Internet presences. These groups are interesting in that they only mention their Scientology connection obliquely, if at all.
This is by no means a complete list; as I look through some of the others, I'll add them to the list.
The Citizen's Commission on Human Rights exists to slander the psychiatric profession, Scientology's main competition. The CCHR is not known to have actually ever uncovered any human rights abuses. Among the more laughable claims this group makes is, "You have a greater chance of being raped on a psychiatrist's couch than while jogging through Central Park." Sure.
HateWatch is not to be confused with a Canadian group by the same name. Unlike the latter group, which is a legitimate hate-monitoring organization, this HateWatch is only concerned with monitoring hate against Scientology. This page is maintained by Freedom, Scientology's glossy, sensationalistic propaganda rag.
Narconon is Scientology's drug-treatment program. Again, it is not to be confused with the similarly-named Narcanon, a legitimate twelve-step program. Like most Scientology technology, Narconon is based on questionable premises and of questionable efficacy, no matter what Kirstie Alley says.
Finally, Applied Scholastics is Hubbard's study technology, which uses cartoons to explain the Barriers to Study to children (which I think is pretty insidious, but there you go). And what is Hubbard's great discovery? To learn properly you need to 1) have access to the thing you're studying (which makes metaphysics or mathematics a little problematic); 2) follow instructions in order (well, duh!); 3) make sure you know the proper meanings of words (duh^2). It only remains to be asked whether Hubbard failed out of university because he didn't follow his advice, or did. Somehow some of us manage just fine without this crap.
Read Scientology's Secret Scriptures!
You can't keep a good secret down. Thanks to the success of the Dutch Protest, you can read the OT levels for yourself legally in the Fishman affadavit. Read about how Xenu blew everyone up in the volcano! Find out how to talk to plants and trees! Read the disputed OT8 document in which Jesus Christ is described as a mean-tempered pederast!
Copies of Scientology's New Era Dianetics for Operating Thetans (NOTs) have not circulated as widely as the OT levels, primarily because they're nowhere near as entertaining. Nonetheless, they're out there, and Carnegie Mellon research scientist David Touretzky has a NOTs scholars page for research and commentary on Scientology's advanced materials.
The Imprint Scientology Feature
On February 21, 1997, the Imprint, the student newspaper of the University of Waterloo, published a four-page feature about the Church of Scientology. I was one of the collaborators. The contents are as follows:
On March 21 Imprint printed a response from Rev. Al Buttnor, the Public Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology of Canada on March 21. The following week I submitted my own response, as did someone else. By May 18, 1997 Buttnor had run out of steam and provided this feeble letter.
Created January 26, 1998 (Dead Ron Day) by Scott McClare. Revision A05 February 25, 2000