Ex-Scientologist story #221, Gerry Armstrong: the witness to history.

Gerry Armstrong was a fervent follower of L. Ron Hubbard for many years.  He was in Hubbard’s bathtub navy: when Hubbard moved to Clearwater he was head of Hubbard’s household.  When Hubbard wore out his welcome in Clearwater and moved to California, Armstrong went him.  Below are quotes from author Russell Miller’s book Bare-Faced Messiah.  This is where the book began, and this is where Gerry Armstrong’s troubles with Scientology began.  When Gerry was confronted with the real facts concerning Hubbard’s life he had a choise to make: he chose the path of Truth much to the dismay of Hubbard and his followers.  To make a very long story short Armstrong became the foremost opponent of Scientology.  He has fought them at every turn in the road earning him their fanatical hatred.

Gerry Armstrong, the man kneeling in the dust on the top floor of the old Del Sol Hotel at Gilman Hot Springs that afternoon in January 1980, had been a dedicated member of the Church of Scientology for more than a decade. He was logging in Canada when a friend introduced him to Scientology in 1969 and he was immediately swept away by its heady promise of superhuman powers and immortality. During his years as a Scientologist, he had twice been sentenced to long periods in the Rehabilitation Project Force, the cult’s own Orwellian prison; he had been constantly humiliated and his marriage had been destroyed, yet he remained totally convinced that L. Ron Hubbard was the greatest man who ever lived. . .

At the time Armstrong discovered the treasure trove of memorabilia at Gilman Hot Springs, Hubbard had been in hiding for years. His location was known only as ‘X’, but Armstrong knew that it was possible to get a message to him and he petitioned for permission to begin researching an official biography, forcefully arguing that it would prepare the ground for ‘universal acceptance’ of Scientology. He saw it as the forerunner of a major motion picture based on Hubbard’s life and the eventual establishment of an archive in an L. Ron Hubbard Museum. . .

Armstrong had no experience as an archivist or researcher, but he was intelligent, industrious, honest and enthusiastic. He moved all the relevant documentation from Gilman Hot Springs to the Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles, where it filled six filing cabinets, and began cataloguing and indexing the material, making copies of everything and reverently preserving the originals in plastic envelopes, acutely aware of their historical importance.

Scientologists were enormously proud of the fact that the founder of their church was a much-decorated war hero who had served in all five theaters and was wounded several times; indeed he was the first US casualty of the war in the Pacific. It was then, with a sense of mounting disbelief and dismay, that Armstrong leafed through Hubbard’s records after they had arrived from Washington. He went from one document to another, searching in vain for an explanation, still refusing to believe the evidence of his own eyes: the record seemed to indicate that Hubbard, far from being a hero, was an incompetent, malingering coward who had done his best to avoid seeing action.

Armstrong would not believe it. He set the documents aside and resolved to start his research at the beginning, in Montana, where Hubbard had grown up on his grandfather’s huge cattle ranch. But he could find no trace of any property owned by the family, except a little house in the middle of Helena. Neither could he discover any documentation covering Hubbard’s teenage wanderings through China. In Washington DC, where Hubbard was supposed to have graduated in mathematics and engineering from George Washington University, the record showed he dropped out after two years because of poor grades. And of Hubbard’s fabled expeditions as an explorer there was similarly no sign.

The above was taken from the Preface of Miller’s book, go here to read it: http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/bfm/preface.htm

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Ex-Scientologist story #220, Jeanne Ragsdale, swindled by the cult.

The court cases involving Scientology over the years would probably top the thousand mark.  These would include the cult suing people for malicious purposes or people suing Scientology after figuring ou that they had been taken in by fraud.  The following case, and many others like it, were settled out of court,  Settled with a gag agreement that is. 

Jeanne Ragsdale v. Church of Scientology et al In 1987, Jeanne Ragsdale sued the Church of Scientology for general negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, clergy malpractice, assault, false imprisonment, and other allegations.

(a) SCIENTOLOGY is an educational, scientific, law-abiding, non-profit organization, abiding by the laws of the United States governing non-profit organizations, dedicated to the well-being of mankind and engaged in lawful, educational and scientific research, study and practices throughout the United States and the World; (b) SCIENTOLOGY and auditing were scientifically guaranteed to cure health problems and diseases; (c) SCIENTOLOGY and auditing were scientifically guaranteed to raise I.Q.; (d) SCIENTOLOGY and auditing were scientifically guaranteed to promote family unity and preserve marriages;  It would be hard to cram more lies into a shorter compass.  Scientology has no value whatsoever, a close look at the people who are Scientologists would be enough to prove that.  They are not free from disease, nor do they live longer, or are the smarter.  Nope, they are merely ignorant dupes of greed. 
(e) Auditing disclosures were completely confidential; (f) SCIENTOLOGY and auditing were scientifically guaranteed to prevent colds, improve eyesight, cure neuroses, cure mental, physical and emotional problems. HUBBARD was the living proof that physical illness such as combat wounds could be cured, and after the war he completely healed himself; all lies, just check out the number of Scientologists who wear glasses.  The only thing this greedy cult can cure you of is wealth.

(g) SCIENTOLOGY and auditing were scientifically guaranteed to improve plaintiff’s career opportunities;  (h) All scientifically guaranteed benefits of auditing would be obtained if plaintiff joined the Sea Organization of SCIENTOLOGY;  there is no “science” in Scientology.  Hubbard made claims, but they were only claims.  He never did ANY research whatsoever.

 
(i) All medical and dental needs would be taken care of if plaintiff joined the Sea Organization of SCIENTOLOGY; another huge lie, if you go to a doctor it’s on your dime.  Scientology pays as little as possible in wages, food, clothing or anything else.  Members of the Sea Org are treated like peons or worse.  Illness is seen as a result of your own crimes. 
(j) That by joining SCIENTOLOGY, plaintiff would be part of the most ethical group on the planet.  -Scientologists lie, cheat and steal from each other.  There is no “being nice” to each other in the Sea Org.  Subordinates are screamed and yelled at, subjected to overwork and sleep deprivation and numerous other indignities and privations.

 (a) Defendant HUBBARD was a medical doctor, that he graduated with an
engineering degree from George  Washington University, that he did post-graduate work at Princeton University and that he was a nuclear physicist;  Hubbard was not well educated or even well-read.  He had the gift of gab and could sell sand in the Sahara Desert.  A con man, yes: a scholar, no.
(b) Defendant HUBBARD had served four years in actual combat, commanded a
squadron of Corvettes, and was crippled and blinded in World War II, but
healed himself completely through Dianetic auditing;  Hubbard was never in combat, he was not wounded or blinded in WWII.  All lies.
(c) Defendant HUBBARD was a war hero and received two purple hearts and a
total of 28 medals and palms;  He did accomplish one rare thing in WWII.  He managed to go through it without being promoted.  That took effort for in wartime promotions are easy to come by, all you have to do is staff alive and unless you are a total screw-up you will be promoted.   If Hubbard was so brave why did he leave his wife to face the criminal charges from “Snow White,” on her own.  He should have been there by her side instead of hiding.

 
(d) Defendant HUBBARD spent several years in Asia, travelling and
studying, including studies under Tibetan Lamas in his travels to Tibet; sheer crap.  He did nothing of the sort.
(e) Defendant HUBBARD was twice pronounced dead, but in 1950 given a
perfect bill of health for mental and physical fitness; more crap.  More lies.
(f) Defendant HUBBARD had never been involved with Black Magic, but had
been voted into the Policeman’s Hall of Fame for breaking up a Black Magic
ring;  this is a huge mound of dung that only hardened cult members can swallow.  Like just about everything Hubbard said about his life this is a bald-faced lie. 

(g) Defendant HUBBARD studied the work of Sigmund Freud under a personal
student of Freud’s;  Hubbard never studied under Freud or any other medical doctor.  He was ignorant of psychiatry just as he was ignorant about radiation and nutrition.
(h) Defendant HUBBARD had done the first complete mineralogical survey of
Puerto Rico.  Ha Ha, this is a funny one.  Hubbard had no training in geology or any other sience.  He was, however, about to sell a lot of Pyrite, -Fool’s Gold.

To read the rest of this suit, which is rather typical of lawsuits against Scientology, go here:

http://www.holysmoke.org/cos/ragsdale.htm

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