- "Scientology is evil; its techniques are evil; its practice is a
serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially; and its
adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill... (Scientology is) the
world's largest organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice
of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy."
-- Justice Anderson, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia
- "The government is satisfied that Scientology is socially harmful.
It alienates members of families from each other and attributes squalid and
disgraceful motives to all who oppose it; its authoritarian principles and
practice are a potential menace to the personality and well being of those
so deluded as to become followers; above all, its methods can be a serious
danger to the health of those who submit to them... There is no power under
existing law to prohibit the practice of Scientology; but the government
has concluded that it is so objectionable that it would be right to take
all steps within its power to curb its growth."
-- Kenneth Robinson, British Minister of Health
- "The crime committed by these defendants is of a breath and scope
previously unheard of. No building, office, desk, or file was safe from
their snooping and prying. No individual or organization was free from their
despicable conspiratorial minds. The tools of their trade were miniature
transmitters, lock picks, secret codes, forged credentials and any other
device they found necessary to carry out their conspiratorial schemes."
-- Federal prosecutor's memorandum to the judge urging stiff jail
sentences for 9 top leaders of Scientology who had pleaded guilty to criminal
- "Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious...It is corrupt
sinister and dangerous. It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit
and has its real objective money and power for Mr. Hubbard... It is sinister
because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not
toe the line unquestionably and to those who criticize it or oppose it. It
is dangerous because it is out to capture people and to indoctrinate and
brainwash them so they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the
cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living, and relationships with
-- Justice Latey, ruling in the High Court of London
- "[The court record is] replete with evidence [that Scientology] is
nothing in reality but a vast enterprise to extract the maximum amount of
money from its adepts by pseudo scientific theories... and to exercise a
kind of blackmail against persons who do not wish to continue with their
sect.... The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this
bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder, L.Ron
-- Judge Breckenridge, Los Angeles Superior Court
- "In addition to violating and abusing its own members' civil rights,
the organization over the years with its 'fair game' doctrine has harassed
and abused those persons not in the church whom it perceives as enemies."
-- Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Breckenridge, June 1984, in the
Gerry Armstrong case
- "In January 1980, fearing a raid by law enforcement agencies,
Hubbard's representatives ordered the shredding of all documents showing
that Hubbard controlled Scientology organizations, finances, personnel, or
the property at Gilman Hot Springs. In a two week period, approximately one
million pages were shredded pursuant to this order."
-- California appellate court, 2nd. district, 3rd. division, July 29,
1991, B025920 &qmp B038975, Super. Ct. No. C 420153
- "It is common knowledge among senior executives of the organization
and it is the policy of CSC that members of the Boards of Directors are mere
figureheads, without authority or control, not for internal corporate
reasons, but rather to vest control in Mr. Hubbard. I have personal knowledge
that in order to carry out this corporate fraud, organizational executives
have engaged in the various unethical practices including backdating phony
Board minutes and forging signatures."
-- Affidavit of Gerry Armstrong, former member
- "When a person is subjected to coercive persuasion [as in
Scientology] without his knowledge or consent ...[he may] develop serious
and sometimes irreversible physical and psychiatric disorders, up to and
including schizophrenia, self-mutilation, and suicide."
-- California Supreme Court, United States v. Lee [455 U.S. 252,257,258
- "The dispute in this case surrounds Lerma's acquisition and
publication on the Internet of texts that the Church of Scientology considers
sacred and protects heavily from unauthorized disclosure. Founded by L. Ron
Hubbard, the Scientology religion attempts to explain the origin of negative
spiritual forces in the world and advances techniques for improving one's
own spiritual well-being. Scientologists believe that most human problems
can be traced to lingering spirits of an extraterrestrial people massacred
by their ruler, Xenu, over 75 million years ago. These spirits attach
themselves by "clusters" to individuals in the contemporary world,
causing spiritual harm and negatively influencing the lives of their hosts
-- USDJ Judge Leonie Brinkema 4 Oct 96 Memorandum Opinion, RTC vs Lerma
- "...capable of such danger that the public interest demands that
people should know what is going on"
-- LORD DENNING
- "It is an organization with medical, social and ethical practices
that are dangerous and harmful," Judge Constandia Angelaki wrote in
her [December 1996] ruling. "It claims to act freely so as to draw
members who subsequently undergo ... brainwashing by dictated ways of
thinking that limit reaction capabilities."
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