Author: Keltsch, Juergen
Document date: 1999, 4 August
Document title: What is Scientology
Retrieved on: 2013, 21 July
Retrieved from: https://sites.google.com/site/juergenkeltsch/what-is-scientology
Description: The "Church of Scientology," which was founded in 1953 in the USA by the science fiction author Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (1911-1986), is an international organization headquartered in the USA. It sells personality growth as well as organization and management technology worldwide. It has adopted the organization and marketing form of a commercial educational company in the market for advanced training, but runs itself as a so-called new religion. Its activities have come into conflict with democratic societies around the world and continue to do so. After an in-depth examination, an Investigative Commission titled "So-called Sects and Psycho-Groups" set up by the German Bundestag (Parliament) described the organization in its final report as an anti-constitutional movement with a criminogenic structure. This evaluation is in agreement with that of the German forces of order. Behind the cloak of a new religion, this organization described as a psycho-group and not as a religious community by the Investigative Commission was able to skilfully hide its salient structural traits until recently, namely organization and logistics of a commercial corporation; expansionist strategies of an aggressively functioning structural distribution system (marketing of franchises by forming chains of subsidiary companies); hard-selling of human leadership and change in the form of social engineering. In other words, ruthless of psychological and social techniques borrowed from behavioral psychology in order to recruit workers, customers and members; use of totalitarian organization techniques to thoroughly discipline and instrumentalize its workers by constant control in terms of time and space.