There are no shortage of people who work hard to revise the history of Scientology to suit their own particular viewpoint. This has been going on for decades. To hear some of these folks talk you would think that the evils like the RPF or disconnection was something that hardly existed before David Miscavige arrived on the scene. Such claims can be refuted if you are willing to do a bit of digging. disconnection is a case in point. This practice has been much reprobated in the press in recent years as the terrible practice got more attention. But it is Nothing New ! The story below is a telling one that illustrates this point. Keep in mind however that in 1968 the cult was growing by leaps and bounds; those days are long over thank goodness. The cult now struggles to get new members.
“A True-Life Nightmare”
by Alan Levy.
Scientology: A growing cult reaches dangerously into the mind
The lights in the hall go dim, leaving the bronzed bust of the Founder (spotlighted) at center stage. From the loudspeakers comes L. Ron Hubbard’s voice, deep and professorial. It is a tape called “Some Aspects of Help, Part I,” a basic lecture in Scientology that Hubbard recorded nearly 10 years ago.
No one in the intensely respectful Los Angeles audience of 500, some of whom paid as much as $16 to get in. I thought it odd to be sitting there listening to the disembodied voice. Among believers, Scientology and its Founder are beyond frivolous question: Scientology is the Truth, it is the path to “a civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war . . .” and “for the first time in all ages there is something that . . . delivers the answers to the eternal questions and delivers immortality as well.”
So much of a credo might be regarded as harmless, practically indistinguishable from any number of minority schemes for the improvement of Man. But Scientology is scary because of its size and growth, and because of the potentially disastrous techniques it so casually makes use of. To attain the Truth, a surrenders himself to “auditing,” a crude form of psychoanalysis. In the best medical circumstances this is a delicate procedure, but in Scientology it is undertaken by an “auditor” who is simply another Scientologist in training, who uses an “E-meter,” which resembles a lie detector. A government report, made to the parliament of the state of Victoria in Australia three years ago, called Scientology “the world’s largest organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy.” As author Alan Levy found out by personal experience (pages 100B-114), the auditing experience can be shattering.
How many souls have become hooked on Scientology is impossible to say precisely. Worldwide membership England, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the U.S. is probably between two and three million. In the U.S. (offices in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and seven other cities), the figure may now be more than several hundred thousand. What is astonishing and frightening is the rate of growth in the U.S.: membership has probably tripled or quadrupled in the past three years.
Recruits to Scientology are most often young, intelligent and idealistic. They become fanatics on the subject, impervious to argument, quick to cut themselves off from doubters. Many young people have been instructed by their Scientology organizations (“orgs,” they are called) to “disconnect” from their families. “Disconnect” means exactly that: sever all relations. Such estrangements can be deep and lasting, leaving heartsick parents no longer able to speak rationally with their children.
Scientology is expensive. To reach the first meaningful stage costs the beginner $650 in tuition. To become an Operating Thetan, Class VIII – the highest present classification can raise the all-in cost (books, tuition, equipment, board and lodging at Scientology centers during advanced training) to as much as $15,000. The high costs have the effect of turning many young Scientologists into permanent parts of the apparatus. To finance their own advanced studies they take low-paying jobs within the org and in the end find themselves alienated from life outside of Scientology.
Scientology is nominally a religion, and the figure of Hubbard has taken on religious implications. The Nebraska-born author of the 1950 best-seller Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health is now adored and remote. The literature hints at persecution. In 1963 agents of the Food and Drug Administration raided Scientology’s Washington headquarters and seized a number of E-meters. Scientologists still speak of the raid on the “church.” Scientology has been banned from the state of Victoria in Australia. In England, where Hubbard established the world headquarters of Scientology at Saint Hill, the government has looked with increasing disfavor on Scientology. Asserting that Scientology is “socially harmful,” the government recently barred from entry a number of would-be participants in a world Scientology congress. Hubbard himself departed from England in the summer of 1966 and now lives on a 320-foot converted passenger ferry called the Royal Scot Man, cruising mostly between ports in the Mediterranean. There, although he claims to have given up his official ties with Saint Hill, he continues to train and send out super-Scientologists to all parts of the world.
An exploring writer becomes personally involved ‘A TRUE-LIFE NIGHTMARE’ by ALAN LEVY
Follow this link for the full stories which has some very cool pictures! http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2008/04/15/scientology-a-growing-cult-reaches-dangerously-into-the-mind/?Qwd=./Life/11-1968/scientology&Qif=scientology_00.jpg&Qiv=thumbs&Qis=XL#qdig