From: Caroline Letkeman
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2006 10:12 AM
Subject: Scientology – A Question of Faith
Dear 48 Hours,
Thank you for covering the tragic Perkins story and for helping to expose Scientology as a social menace.
I spent 24 years of my life inside the organization, including over 4 years in the Sea Org in Los Angeles and in Clearwater. I was a highly trained “auditor” and delivered Scientology’s advanced confidential “therapy,” or as Scientologists calls it, “mental technology.” This “tech” states that every human is infested with, in fact composed of, alien beings, or “body thetans,” that plague us, just as they plagued Jeremy Perkins, and the tech claims to eliminate all these body thetans.
Since waking up and leaving the cult in 1999, I have continued to study Scientology, its activities and its “tech,” but from a critical perspective, knowing the tech doesn’t work and is dangerous. My site: www.carolineletkeman.org. I am married to Gerry Armstrong, who has endured 25 years of legal and extra-legal “fair game” since he escaped. Fair game is Scientology’s policy and practice of attacking and destroying the people the organization labels “Suppressive Persons,” or “SPs.” Gerry’s site: www.gerryarmstrong.org. We also maintain a site that exposes the cult’s Suppressive Person doctrine, www.suppressiveperson.org.
Scientology has stepped up its religious rhetoric and trappings in recent years to capitalize on its ill-gotten tax exemption and “religious status” to obtain faith-based government funding. Organization founder L. Ron Hubbard was, however, very clear that Dianetics and Scientology are not faith-based, but are instead exact science.
“Dianetics is a science; as such, it has no opinion about religion, for sciences are based on natural laws, not on opinions.”
Hubbard, L. R. (1950). The Dianetic Auditor’s Bulletin Dianetics and Religion. Los Angeles, Bridge Publications, Inc.
Hubbard was also very adamant that his “mental tech” was science. In a footnote to a bulletin about Heaven being an implanted false memory, he stated:
Note: This HCO Bulletin is based on over a thousand hours of research auditing, analyzing the facsimiles of the reactive mind, and with the help of a Mark V Electrometer. It is scientific research and is not in any way based upon the mere opinion of the researcher. This HCO Bulletin is not the result of the belief or beliefs of anyone. Scientology data reflects long, arduous and painstaking research over a period of some thirty years into the nature of Man, the mind, the human spirit and its relationship to the physical universe. The data and phenomena discovered in Scientology is common to all minds and all men and can be demonstrated on anyone. Truth does not require belief to be truth any more than water requires anyone’s permission to run down hill. The data is itself and can be duplicated by any honest researcher or practitioner. We in Scientology seek freedom, the betterment of Man, and the happiness of the individual and this comprises our attitude toward the data found. The data, however, is simply itself, and exists whatever the opinion of anyone may be. The contents of this HCO Bulletin discover the apparent underlying impulses of religious zealotism and the source of the religious mania and insanity which terrorized Earth over the ages and has given religion the appearance of insanity. As the paper is written for my friends it has, of course, a semblance of irreverence).http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/cult/hcob-1963-05-11-routine-3-heaven-ex.html
The October 2006 American Journal of Psychiatry published a statement by Dr. Sharfstein, the outgoing President of the American Psychiatric Association, given in Toronto in May 2006:
“As physicians we search for the truth based on science, producing replicable results through research. The Scientologists protesting outside this meeting in Toronto represent the opposite of the search for truth. They are joined in a general movement against science by such groups as the intelligent design advocates, abstinence only fanatics, global warming deniers, anti vaccination lobbies, gay bashers, and stem cell research rejecters. There is a conflict going on in America today, sometimes called a “culture war,” but very much a conflict between those who search for truth based on science to improve the human condition and those who are blinded by dogma and denial.”
Scientology can call itself a religion in the US, but it cannot have it both ways. It is not a question of faith. It is a question of hiding behind religion to avoid being called to account for its junk science, for its dangerous and deadly “tech.”