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Scientology tricks and lies exposed tonight on World Cult Watch  Gravesend in Britain promoting the Jive Aces:Scientology's Sea Org swing band  Interview: Britain's got Talent stars The Jive Aces say Scientology helps them ... – Gravesend Reporter
Shelly Ballantyne is the daughter of one of the Jive Aces and had a dreadful time in Scientology's stronghold in East. Grinstead from the tender age of 7 when her Mum died. 

Brit Scientology victim tells of anguish | The Sun |Woman|Real Life


'Scientology' banned in Britain
Date: Monday, 2 September 1968
Publisher: AMA News
Main source: link (316 KiB)

Americans traveling to Great Britain to practice "Scientology," a group which claims to be "applied religious philosophy," have been barred by the British Ministry of Health.

Kenneth Robinson, minister of health, declared that "scientology is socially harmful." The government's action was taken on the basis of complaints—some of them raised in Parliament — about teachings of the group.

Followers of the group previously known as Dianetics and now calling itself the Church of Scientology, reportedly adhere to the ideas originated by L. Ron Hubbard, former science fiction writer. Hubbard's book, Dianetics, became a best seller in the 1950's.

Curb on Growth: The British health minister said there was no power under existing law to prohibit the practice of Scientology, but he said he could take steps to curb its growth.

"Its authoritarian principles and practices are a potential menace to the personality and well-being of those so deluded as to become its [followers]," he said.

Founded in U.S.: Scientology was founded in the United States as Dianetics by Hubbard, who moved his world headquarters to East Grimstead, Sussex, a London suburb in 1959. Reports say there are some 50 full-time Scientologists in East Grimstead and some 250 students.

The government reported that there have been complaints by friends and relatives of those involved in the Scientology program. It was charged that mentally disturbed or weak persons are taken into the group and taught to hate their families.

The British health ministry reported receiving some 65 letters of complaint from former Scientologists or others in late 1967, all urging government action.

Course for Children: The Dept. of Education and Science began its investigation after a course was offered for children, designed to teach them "communications." A spokesman for the Hubbard Assn. for Scientologists International was reported to have replied that the course was intended to make shy children less afraid to exert their own personalities and to communicate with other children and grown-ups.

Publications of the group speak of its "message of total freedom for all mankind," and it calls itself the "most widespread self-betterment movement on earth today."

"Scientology is the route from human being to total freedom or total beingness," a publication says. "Dianetics was the route from aberrated to normal to capable human being."

Device Misbranded: The "Hubbard E. Meter," an electrical device used by the Founding Church of Scientology, Washington, D. C., was ruled to be a misbranded medical device by a federal court jury in 1967.

The Food and Drug Administration had ordered more than 100 of the devices seized in Washington, D. C., in 1962, and a U.S. district judge ordered destruction of the meters in July, 1967, following the jury ruling.

Government attorneys contended that false and misleading therapeutic claims were made for the devices and their only demonstrated effect was to measure skin resistance to electrical currents (The AMA News, July 24, 1967).

The FDA charged the devices were misbranded under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because of labeling claims that they were effective for diagnosis, prevention, treatment, detection, and elimination of the causes of all mental and nervous disorders.

Information on the number of Scientology members in the U.S. is unavailable, but a spokesman for the organization claimed there were "millions." The group says it has 20 main organizations throughout the world, with some 11 "centers" in the U.S. Headquarters for Scientology in the U.S. is in Los Angeles.

The righteousness hustle
Date: Thursday, 2 September 1976
Publisher: San Francisco Examiner (California)
Author: Bill Mandel
Main source: link (106 KiB)

The ABC News Closeup "New Religions: Holiness or Heresy?" which will air at 10 tonight on Channel 7 (KGO) represents a frightening erosion of journalistic standards and values.

The title of the program promises a look on a spiritual level at the ideas, such as they may be, underlying some of America's new religious-philosophical wrinkles. Instead, the program labors for an hour in very secular ways to prove what a thinking person might agree to before an argument — that deeply held religious belief can lead to gullibility and fanaticism.

"Holiness or Heresy?" has chosen to focus on two current "fad" religions, Scientology and the Unification Church of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

Both of these belief systems invite close analysis and explanation. I, for one, would love to know what force could yank a typical American middle-class youngster away from home, school and normal social development and turn him or her into no more than a beggar, trying any story to cadge money from strangers on filthy street corners for Rev. Moon. I've read a lot of print stories on Moon and his ways, but TV offers a special chance for person-to-person communication. What does Moon really say to these kids?

That, however, is not the aim of "Holiness or Heresy?" Rather, the show chugs along at the lowest level of journalism's arsenal — the smear by association. We are told that Moon, a wealthy Korean industrialist who, like many business tycoons, has been bitten by the God bug, is tied intimately to South Korean dictator Park Chung Hee, and the implication is made that the whole Church is a front for a pro-Park propaganda machine.

ABC must consider objectivity, or at least its appearance, vestigial. Because correspondent-narrator Jim Kincaid says flat-out, "Moon uses religion as a shield for his military and political aims. His Unification Church is a political organization contributing to Moon's personal wealth and the aims of South Korea."

I am no sympathizer of Moon's. In fact, his cleancut sales minions are the only ones I refuse to buy junk from on the street, because they will tell any lie just to get money. But thousands of American youngsters have left their normal lives to give everything, literally, to Moon. Is a TV journalist fulfilling his mandate by rehashing old well-known information that the would-be Messiah is well-connected to his government? I think not.

As long as we're discussing questions I'd like to see answered on "Holiness or Heresy?," why didn't the producer, Tony Batten, ponder this thought: When a young woman renounces the world to enter a convent, it's a happy occasion; when a young woman does the same for Moon, it's a tragedy, something worth hiring a paid kidnaper over. Why? And weren't the early Christians wild-eyed zealots, doing very extreme things to protect themselves from persecution, as today's new cultists perceive themselves as doing? We get no hint on this program, which is a wasted opportunity, a damn shame.

And as for the Scientology segment, Kincaid labors long to prove that Scientology is just another dance lesson con, a weird system of bogus ideas, backed up by specious technical gadgets, all aimed at getting the unwary to buy more lessons.

[7] — 11-13 — ABC News Closeup: "New Religions — Holiness or Heresy?" Examination of why young people are increasingly attracted to new religions; focusing on the Unification Church founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and the Church of Scientology, started by L. Ron Hubbard (60 min.)

New Religions: Holiness or Heresy? 

Author wants Scientology subpoena quashed
Date: Wednesday, 2 September 1981
Publisher: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: David E. Anderson
Main source: 

WASHINGTON — A Reader's Digest senior editor, author of an article critical of the Church of Scientology, asked a federal court Tuesday to quash a church-sought subpoena aimed at compelling his testimony in a lawsuit.

"This Scientology action seeks to harass and vilify journalists who have published criticism of this criminal enterprise," said lawyers for Eugene Methvin, a senior editor at the Digest, and Jane Denis Smith, a former researcher at the magazine, in their petition to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Scientology lawyers seek to compel Methvin's and Ms. Smith's testimony in a three-year old lawsuit they have brought aginst one of their harshest and most persistent critics, freelance writer Paulette Cooper, author of the 1971 book, The Scandal of Scientology.

METHVIN IS THE author of two Reader's Digest articles critical of the controversial Scientology movement. He said he believes the group's effort to subpoena him as a witness for the Cooper trial is directly related to the article currently appearing in the Digest and is aimed at harassing him and the magazine.
Methvin quoted L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the group, as saying members should "be very alert to sue for slander at the slightest chance so as to discourage the public press from mentioning Scientology . . . The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win."

The group has already written Reader's Digest, charging the article in the current September issue of the magazine is libelous and demanding a retraction.

"IT IS BEYOND dispute that Scientology uses legal processes to harass and burden those who exercise their constitutional rights to criticize Scientology," said Methvin's lawyers, outlining legal actions the group took following publication of his first article.

Plans are made to publish here the new novel from one of the most mysterious authors
Date: Friday, 2 September 1983
Publisher: Publishing News (UK)
Author: Fred Newman
Main source: link (248 KiB)

In a newish sort of castle in Sussex a suite of rooms, with private bar, an electric organ, and an elegant writing desk complete with pens and an unopened pack of his favorite cigarettes, await one of the world's most prolific and richest authors.

Yet the rooms, cleaned regularly, remain unused; the chair behind the desk has not been sat upon for over fifteen years, though the man for whom all this is carefully — even lovingly maintained — has sold over 23 million copies of his 350 books and earns a royalty income of thousands of pounds each day.

It was here, amid the rolling hills of mid-Sussex, that Ron Hubbard, science-fiction author, and extraordinary analyst of the human condition, built the turreted medieval-style creation that was then the world headquarters of the Church of Scientology, of which he is founder and father-figure.

Now Hubbard is back writing science fiction. His Battlefield Earth, an 820-page Star Wars style sfiga, memorable for its evocation of the pulp-style SF of the forties of which he was a masterly exponent, has enjoyed considerable success in the U.S. where it was published by St Martin's Press. It grossed 1.3 million dollars in its first five months and is now in its fourth printing.

Any day now those who represent his fiction publishing interests, an organization in Los Angeles called Author Services Inc., set up especially to handle the book, will announce the publisher here. And close on the heels of Battlefield Earth, which marked Hubbard's return to SF writing after a break of thirty years, is an enormous 10-volume work called Mission Earth which is scheduled for publication next year.

Yet despite, or perhaps because of, his wealth and his connection with the controversial Church of Scientology which claims around 300,000 students in the UK and 3 million world-wide, Hubbard himself has become a shadowy and insubstantial figure, a ghost writer extraordinary.

Hubbard quit Britain in 1967, at the height of the storm that surrounded the Church and its teachings, founded on Hubbard's best-selling book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, first published in 1950.

But while the sales of Dianetics have continued to thrive — over 5 million copies sold to date — Hubbard himself has withdrawn from the world. He has not appeared in public for over fifteen years, his wife claims not to have seen him since 1980, and rumours flourished that Hubbard, born in 1911, is actually dead.

One man who embraced this view with particular enthuiasm was Hubbard's estranged son, Ronald DeWolf, who last November filed a petition in California asking a court to declare his father "dead or mentally incompetent," and turn over his father's assets to him.

DeWolf claimed that a group within the Church was attempting to take over his father's estate. However three months later came a sensational development; Denver, Colorado happens to be the place where Battlefield Earth begins and it was the obscure Denver-based Rocky Mountain News that Hubbard appeared to have chosen to break a long silence that stretched back to the date of his last interview, in the Saturday Evening Post in 1968.

Amid high drama, the paper was invited to submit written questions; and although Hubbard still declined to be interviewed in person, his attorneys prepared a special ink with which Hubbard wrote three accompanying letters — one to the News and two to the courts. The ink was vouchsafed by experts to be the same that had been sent three days previously to Hubbard, and more experts confirmed Hubbard's handwriting, and fingerprints on the letters. Since then DeWolf s petition has been dismissed by the courts.

But of Hubbard himself, or his whereabouts, there was and still is, no sight nor clue, and doubts over the "interview" still exist, Nevertheless behind the turrets of St Hill Manor in Sussex, there is a pervading sense that Ron Hubbard, far from being dead, has never really been away.

Certainly it is not merely those lived-in like yet empty rooms that give the impression. Right by the reception area is a post-box that reaffirms Hubbard's dictum that anyone should be free to communicate with him. 

According to Robert Springall of the Public Affairs Department at St Hill messages put in are sent to Los Angeles and in due course, a reply comes back, though not in Hubbard's personal hand.

Again among the notices, are exhortations and memos from the man they affectionately call "Ron". One, dated July 12th, and signed "Love, Ron" announced the setting up in Sydney, Australia, of the Church's newest centre — an Advanced Organization. "1983 will be an unprecedented year of expansion," wrote Hubbard.

Hubbard's direct links with the Church he founded were severed in 1966, when he resigned in order to devote himself to research and writing but his fortunes and those of the Scientologists remain intertwined. The Church is a powerful marketing agency for the 100 or so books that Hubbard has written on Scientology. For those wanting to study its tenets — in essence a belief that people's problems can arise from painful memories or previous lives and that such memories or 'engrams' can be got rid of by Dianetic counselling — Dianetics is required reading.

At St. Hill, alone, there may be at any given time 300-400 students, who will have bought copies of Dianetics at £7.95 and most likely such other works as the Scientology Dictionary (£20.00). According to their own estimates a student training as an 'auditor' — after which he or she could train others — would need to spend around £50-£60 on books.

In addition regular mailings are undertaken by the ten Scientology centres in the UK, who between them will probably send out 60,000 shots in the next three months alone.

The target audience, apart from those who have already expressed direct interest in the Church by attending a centre, is the fitness end of the book market.

Thus the books are promoted in health magazines, and surprisingly perhaps, in rugby magazines. The appeal is clearly mens in corporesano, and for the Church it represents a substantial source of income, though Springall explains that the revenue is kept in a separate 'book account'.

Hubbard retains the copyright of his works, of course; but all the non-fiction books are marketed by the Church worldwide, and marketed agressively.

Next year Dianetics is set for its third relaunch since 1950, and the aim is to push sales to the six million mark. The last boost for the book was in 1982, and attempts were made to broaden the market and get copies into the general bookshop.

"We had a mixed success," says Springall. "But that doesn't mean to say we've given up on that. On the contrary I think we learned a lot and we'll be putting the lessons into practice for next year."

Even without promotion, Dianetics and Hubbard's other treatises have proved remarkably durable. In the U.S. and U.K. markets alone last year Dianetics sold 140,000 copies — more, Springall likes to point out than many a mass-market title, and in the five years to 1977 beaks on Dianetics in general sold to the tune of 7.5 million dollars.

All this is big money, and while Hubbard collects his royalties, the Church of Scientology benefits, too. On sales to its students it takes a normal bookselling margin, and three independent publishing houses in the U.S., Mexico, and Denmark, have been set up to handle Hubbard's books.

In Copenhagen New Era Publications organizes the manufacture and supply of Hubbard books for the European market selling to the individual churches in the same way t hat a publisher sells to the trade. 

Precisely who owns New Era has proved difficult to establish, but almost certainly the Church has a controlling interest.

Indeed the impression is of a fairly sophisticated large-scale book-selling operation, carefully orchestrated on an international basis with plans and policies formulated in what is now Scientology's world headquarters in Los Angeles.

The Church itself says it is a non-profit making organization, though in the U.S. the Internal Revenue Service challenged its charitable status, and the revenue from Hubbard's non-fiction books which accrues to it is self-evidently ploughed back to pay costs and invest in growth.

For example a further stage in the development of St. Hill Manor is now in progress, with a large auditorium complete with battlements to match the rest of the building, under construction. And the house and grounds itself are expensive to maintain.

But it would be wrong to assume that its massive book operation is seen simply as a way of making money; what it does primarly is to promote the ideas of Scientology, and sales are a constant affirmation of the appeal of Hubbard's ideas to some people the world over.

Springall and his collegues are understandably sensitive about the adverse publicity Scientology has received in the past. From 1968 until 1980 the Home Office barred Scientologists from abroad from entering the UK, and Hubbard himself would have been unable to return to the country where he first set up his HQ in 1959 even had he wanted to.

Now Hubbard's return to SF writing may also have led to a reappraisal of public policy within the Church, and a major PR campaign to convince the world that Scientologists have nothing to hide and, as Springall put it "don't eat babies" is about to take off.

There are hints that Ron Hubbard, now 71, might any day re-emerge into the world and even come to Britain for the forthcoming launch of Battlefield Earth. So perhaps the ready rooms of St. Hill will, at long last, serve their purpose and were the world's least visible writer to go so far as to undertake an author's tour, it would be a sensation indeed.

[Picture / Caption: Ron Hubbard: now pronounced 'legally alive']
[Picture / Caption: The in tray is empty, the quill pen dry, and the electric organ silent in Ron Hubbard's study]
[Picture / Caption: In the 'Pavilion' at St. Hill, Sussex]
[Picture / Caption: The Church of Scientology's fortress-style HQ: but the drawbridge is coming down.]


  1. This year in October the Supreme Court in UK will decide in the marriage case whether Scientology is a true religion or not.

  2. If this quackery is declared a religion in MY country, I will be leaving it as it will no longer be my country. I escaped back to Britain in 1969, believing it to be my only hope of survival from this treacherous,dangerous entity, I was 12 years old. If Amanda Hodkin wins this lawsuit, then I will know Britain has sold out to a CULT, and the 'Great' in Britain will be forever erased in my eyes.

  3. Scientology has never and will not ever be a religion in my eyes.

    It is a thought control mechanism that is persuaded by thought control tactics and none more so than in young vulnerable people, especially those that have been raised in it from birth or very young. They know nothing else, other than what their parents have misguidedly taught them. It's the parents that are at fault, and they have been brainwashed.

    Have you read the Xenuphile post, this tells me I have always been right all along.LRH had to experience things to write his books and the sea org project was part and parcel of that.It's all science fiction, but at what cost to real human lives...we were all guinea pigs to LRH...Hip, Hip, Hoohray...