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: