Okay kiddies, now for something other than the world's most well-known and widely practiced religions. Recently, an amazing multi-media artist (and a very good friend of mine) in my area created a piece he likes to call "Brainwashing 101" This piece, which... may or may not have been graffiti-like in nature, somehow found it's way onto the wall of a local branch of the Church of Scientology. Needless to say, it was destroyed almost instantaneously, and just as MYSTERIOUSLY as it appeared
The following is directly and indirectly quoted from various sources, along with the information I already had on this particular topic; perhaps the most ridiculous and sickening scams in the past hundred years.
The Church of Scientology is a rich and vengeful religious cult, or as one critic puts it, "a cross between the Moonies and the Mafia." But it would be a mistake to dismiss its underlying technology as harmless or ineffective. Scientologists know a great deal about thought control, social control, rhetorical judo (defeat by misdirection, deft use of logical fallacies) and high pressure sales, though as victims of their own technology, they wouldn't characterize it that way.
Scientology draws its members from a broad cross-section of society, and uses a sophisticated combination of deceptive recruiting methods, false promises, hypnosis, behavior modification, sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation, information control, phobia indoctrination and other mind control techniques to entice and control its members. There is no shame in having been seduced into a group like Scientology.
There are over two dozen allegations that Scientology has held individuals against their will. These illegal acts were not committed by rogue Scientologists - they were in accordance with Scientology policy.
Scientology held Lisa McPherson against her will for 17 days, according to Scientology's own logs. She died in their custody. The state of Florida decided not to prosecute the two felony charges filed against Scientology in her death after Scientology used relentless pressure to get the medical examiner to make a partial change in the cause of death. Her estate sued Scientology for wrongful death and false imprisonment; the suit was settled in May 2004, with all details kept confidential..
Despite its extensive advertising campaign, including half-hour TV Infomercials for Dianetics, the Church has been careful to maintain a veil of mystery about its teachings, in part by outlawing any meaningful discussion or analysis of them. To learn the inner secrets of the cult requires years of strict obedience and large monetary donations. Scientology extorts money from its members, telling them it's scientifically proven that their lives will become worse if they don't pay for expensive auditing. People have been known to spend every penny on this addictive mind-game of a "religion", which keeps promising more and more to them. What is auditing?
Auditing according to Scientology: Auditing is a unique form of personal spiritual counseling which helps people look at their own existence and improves their ability to confront what they are and where they are.
Scientology auditing can bring any person from a condition of spiritual blindness to the brilliant joy of spiritual existence.
The truth: Auditing is done using a device called the e-meter, a "lie-detecting/truth-revealing" machine yet to be scientifically proven. It is said to have anywhere from the basic abilities of a lie-detector to memory-revealing and body- thetan-smothering powers. We will get to thetans later..
Basically, auditing is a load of crap, and it costs more and more money every time you do it.
"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." - L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction writer/ founder of the Church of Scientology and Dianetics.
Lying to people to get their money isn't just unethical - it's illegal.
It's called fraud.
Here is a brief summary of the origin of Scientologist beliefs:
According to Scientology teachings, prince Xenu once ruled over
the Glactic Federation. 75,000,000 years ago, Xenu solved the
overpopulation in his realm by eliminating people and banishing their
souls (thetans) to Teegeeack (Earth). Xenu put the theans in
vulcanoes on Las Palmas and Hawaii, and then bombed them with atoic weapons. After that, the thetans floated in the athmosphere.
A thetan occupies a body and moves to another when the body dies. But when a thetan has done too many harmful things and is keeping too many secrets, he can't face up to life anymore and clings to the old body. This is how he becomes a 'body thetan.' To become healthy and happy, these body thetans have to be removed.
For more detail on Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard, please view this educational video:
(not sure how to post animations on here) http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/263120