The following is taken from June 25, 1990 article “Church Markets its Gospel With High-Pressure Sales,” that appeared in the Sun-Sentinal. Since this was written Scientology has become even more ruthless in taking money from their members.
To Complete Hubbard’s progression of courses, a Scientologist could conceivably spend a lifetime and more than $400,000. Although few if any have doled out that much, the high cost of enlightenment in Scientology has left many deeply in debt to family, friends and banks.
Ask former church member Marie Culloden of Manhattan Beach, who describes herself as a “recovering Scientologist.”
“I’m trying to recover my mortgaged home,” says Culloden, who spent 20 years in Scientology and obtained three mortgages totaling more than $80,000 to buy courses.
The Scientology Bridge is always under construction, keeping the Supreme Answer one step away from church members–a potent sales strategy devised by Hubbard to keep the money flowing, critics contend.
New courses continually are added, each of which is said to be crucial for spiritual progress, each heavily promoted.
Church members are warned that unless they keep purchasing Scientology services, misery and sickness may befall them. For the true believer, this is a powerful incentive to keep buying whatever the group is selling.
Through the mail, Scientologists are bombarded with glossy, colorful brochures announcing the latest courses and discounts. Letters and postcards sound the dire warning, “Urgent! Urgent! Your future is at risk! . . . It is time to ACT! NOW! . . . You must buy now!”
If you want to see just how daft Scientologists can be take a look at what I found on YouTube: