HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO BULLETIN OF 5 NOVEMBER 19671
CRITICS OF SCIENTOLOGY
(Originally issued as an article in Ability 199 on 5 Nov. 67. Issued as an HCOB on 27 Aug. 87.)
If Aunt Ermiltrude each night went through your change purse and extracted divers coins without your knowledge, and then if she found you had joined a group that could discover secrets, her immediate and passionate reaction would be to damn the group and you as well.
If the wife was stepping out with your best friend behind your back, and one day she found you had thoughts of joining a group that taught you people’s motives and reactions and made you understand them, she would throw a mad-dog fit to prevent your progress.
If a government were busy making capital out of people’s ignorance of economics and world affairs and was playing a double game and a group came along and started to make its people smarter and more knowledgeable of true motives, that government would try to shoot every member of that group on sight.
If a group of “scientists” were knowingly raising the number of insane to get more appropriation and “treatment” fees and somebody came along with the real answer, that group would move heaven and earth to protect its billions of rake-off.
And so individuals, governments and “scientists” attack Scientology.
It’s as simple as that. We do not treat the sick or the insane. We break no laws. We do more good in any ten minutes of this planet’s time than the combined efforts of all social ministries on Earth to better mankind.
Stated that way, however, it looks pretty hopeless and even dangerous to be a Scientologist.
Except it is totally hopeless and fatal not to be a Scientologist.
Those who are not Scientologists are left in complete ignorance of the motives of the dishonest. And they have no chance of personal immortality. It is as simple as that. It is better to be endangered but with a chance than to be condemned utterly and without one.
Those who criticize one for being a Scientologist or make snide remarks cannot stand a personal survey of past actions or motive. This happens to be a fortunate fact for us. The criminal abhors daylight. And we are the daylight.
Now, get this as a technical fact, not a hopeful idea. Every time we have investigated the background of a critic of Scientology, we have found crimes for which that person or group could be imprisoned under existing law. We do not find critics of Scientology who do not have criminal pasts. Over and over we prove this.
Politician A stands up on his hind legs in a parliament and brays for a condemnation of Scientology. When we look him over we find crimes—embezzled funds, moral lapses, a thirst for young boys—sordid stuff.
Wife B howls at her husband for attending a Scientology group. We look her up and find she had a baby he didn’t know about.
Two things operate here. Criminals hate anything that helps anyone, instinctively. And just as instinctively a criminal fights anything that may disclose his past.
Now, as criminals only compose about 20 percent of the race, we are on the side of the majority. This is quite true. In one country we have almost exactly 100 Scientologists for every member and supporter of psychiatry. They make the noise because they are afraid. But we have more general influence and more votes.
The way we handle the situation now is simplicity itself and we are winning.
We are slowly and carefully teaching the unholy a lesson. It is as follows: “We are not a law enforcement agency. BUT we will become interested in the crimes of people who seek to stop us. If you oppose Scientology we promptly look up—and will find and expose—your crimes. If you leave us alone we will leave you alone.”
It’s very simple. Even a fool can grasp that.
And don’t underrate our ability to carry it out.
Our business is helping people to lead better lives. We even help those who have committed crimes, for we are not here to punish. But those who try to make life hard for us are at once at risk.
We are only interested in doing our job. And we are only interested in the crimes of those who try to prevent us from doing our work. There is no good reason to oppose Scientology. In our game everybody wins.
And we have this technical fact—those who oppose us have crimes to hide. It’s perhaps merely lucky that this is true. But it is true. And we handle opposition well only when we use it.
Try it on your next critic. Like everything else in Scientology, it works.
GEORGE: Gwen. if you don’t drop Scientology I’m going to leave you.
GWEN: (savagely) George! What have you been doing?
GEORGE: What do you mean?
GWEN: Out with it. Women? Theft? Murder? What crime have you committed?
GEORGE: (weakly) Oh. nothing like that.
GWEN: What then?
GEORGE: I’ve been holding back on my pay. . .
If you, the criticized, are savage enough and insistent enough in your demand for the crime, you’ll get the text, meter or no meter.
Never discuss Scientology with the critic. Just discuss his or her crimes, known and unknown. And act completely confident that those crimes exist. Because they do.
Life will suddenly become much more interesting—and you’ll become much less suppressed!
L. Ron Hubbard
HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
SUPPRESSIVE PERSONS, MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF
It is interesting in the detection of suppressive persons that they use “policy” to prevent purpose.
In one org which went into a serious decline a suppressive person was in a high position.
Every time org personnel returned from Saint Hill and proposed that the org get going, they were told by this SP that their proposals were “against policy.”
Not one of these people, hearing this, ever alerted to a glaring fact. The SP in this case was renowned for never being able to pass a bulletin, tape or policy letter!
So how would that person have known WHAT was against policy for that person NEVER was known to pass a hat check!
So that person’s statement that “It’s against policy” was obviously false since the person was incapable of passing hat checks or bulletins and wouldn’t ever have known what any policy was, for or against anything.
Thus, we see one of the characteristics of an SP is:
1. THE NEGATION OF POLICY WITHOUT KNOWING IT AND THE USE OF “POLICY” TO PREVENT SUCCESS IN SCIENTOLOGY IS THE PRIMARY TOOL OF THE SP AGAINST ORGS.
Dissemination is a prime target of the SP.
Magazines ordinarily have half a dozen SPs on their lines. These people write in and complain about ads. If you don’t watch it, these half dozen become “everybody” and the mag is beaten down into not advertising.
“Soft sell” is another recommendation of the SP.
And “build it quietly” and “get only decent people” are all part of this.
When somebody is demanding less reach, that person is an SP.
Therefore, we have another characteristic:
2. SPs RECOMMEND INEFFECTIVE DISSEMINATION AND FIND FAULT WITH ANY BEING DONE.
A suppressive will try to sell off the property or buildings of an org, and in one case tried to give them away when temporarily in charge.
3. A SUPPRESSIVE WILL TRY TO GET RID OF AN ORG.
Good staff members are a prime target for SPs. In one org where an SP got a foothold, 60% of the staff was gotten rid of and the org almost crashed.
They do it by making people too dissatisfied to produce and so make it impossible for the org to earn.
4. AN SP WILL SEEK TO UPSET AND GET RID OF THE BEST STAFF MEMBERS.
Bad news, particularly if false, is the only comm line of the SP.
The executive who is getting bad news as a steady diet on his lines has SPs about.
5. ENTHETA IS THE SOLE STOCK IN TRADE OF THE SP.
The triumph an SP feels in not getting rid of things the auditor has tried to ease is quite malevolent.
6. AN SP IS SATISFIED WITH AUDITING ONLY WHEN HE GETS WORSE.
7. SPs are happy when their pcs get worse and sad when their pcs get betters.
8. AN SP IN AN EXAMINER POST WILL ONLY DECLARE RELEASED THE BAD RESULT CASES AND WILL NOT PASS ACTUAL RELEASES BUT WILL ARC BREAK THEM.
9. Cover invalidation is the level of an SP’s social intercourse.
An SP can only restimulate another; he has no power of his own.
10. An SP deals only in restimulation, never easing or erasing.
11. The persons around an SP get so restimulated they can’t detect the real SP.
The whole rationale of the SP is built on the belief that if anyone got better, the SP would be for it as the others could overcome him then.
He is fighting a battle he once fought and never stopped fighting. He is in an incident. Present time people are mistaken by him for past, long-gone enemies.
Therefore, he never really knows what he is fighting in present time, so just fights.
12. The SP is sure everyone is against him personally and if others became more powerful they would dispose of him.
The SP usually commits continuing overts. These are hidden.
I have had two or three SPs blow up and shout or snarl at me. When I investigated, I found, in these cases, they were committing daily crimes of some magnitude.
13. An SP commits hidden overts continuously.
14. Back of a crime you will find SP characteristics.
15. Because an SP uses generalities in his speech “everybody,” “they,” etc., the SP is hard to detect.
SPs have an experiential track that is poor. SPs know how to needle and commit overts and hold others back.
When released, the SP has so little decent background experience that he or she has a very hard time.
16. Releasing an SP does not make a worthwhile person. It only makes a person who can now learn to get along in life.
“A cleared cannibal is a cleared cannibal.”
SPs don’t get case gains. Sometimes they pretend them. They are held back by their continuing overts. If we were found by them to be decent, their past conduct would swell up and engulf them.
They are in a continual PTP of their fight with mankind. And they follow the rule that pcs with PTPs get no case gains.
Real SPs comprise about 2½ percent of the population. By restimulating others, they make another 17½ percent into potential trouble sources. Therefore, about 20 percent of the population is Ethics type.
We must not allow this 20 percent to prevent the 80 percent from crossing the Bridge.
We are no enemy of the SP. But he can’t have friends, can he?
So we handle the SP and his PTSes and carry on with our job.
L. RON HUBBARD
HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO BULLETIN OF 28 MAY 19601
BY THEIR ACTIONS …
By their actions you shall know them, whether bad or good, whether on another side or ours.
And what in their actions gives us the keenest insight? Their ability to help.
Some think that help cannot be done. Shun them. Some think that help is always an effort to betray. Process them for here you have the criminals of Earth. Some people cannot help. They can only injure and destroy. And if in the name of help they only injure and destroy then know them carefully for they are criminals.
What is a criminal? One who thinks help cannot be on any dynamic or uses help on anyone to injure and destroy.
Who are these men with covert ways who bring Earth its pain? They are the men who cannot help. Who are the women who must be helped but who can only maim? They say, these men and women, that they’ll help and then they make a thorough shambles of it all.
From where did Earth conceive her traps and aspects that are grim? Earth would be a lovely place if all men helped to help, not to destroy.
Think heavily on this point. Judge men from what they think of help. Judge women too and find the good ones from the bad.
The good can help. The bad will not or if they do, they “help” only to betray.
The good of Earth comes from above the point of make and break where help is help and honestly. The pain of Earth comes from the tones where help does not exist or where it’s used to pull us into agony.
Know your friends. It’s strange that those who argue with us against our goals and Scientology cannot conceive of honest help. Discuss help with them and you’ll find their tone and whether they are worth a lot as friends.
This is the test that you can use to separate the good from bad and then clear-eyed begin to make a world in which all life can live.
L. Ron Hubbard
The Official Publication of DIANETICS and SCIENTOLOGY in the British Isles
Vol. 7 No. 2 19601
WHY SOME FIGHT SCIENTOLOGY
There is no good in the world that is not fought by some.
The holiest saint, the purest knight, the most orderly group alike have been subjected to attacks since man’s beginning.
And Scientology is no exception. Since the first release of its basics in 1949 several groups and many people have ineffectually fought its further development and progress.
In 1950, ’51 and ’52 $2,000,000, by actual record, were spent in efforts to wipe out Dianetics and Scientology.
But truth knows no impenetrable barrier and only truth pierces the thickest armor plate. Scientology fights back only with truth and persistence and even today would happily render invaluable assistance to its worst enemies.
For Scientologists know WHY it is fought. And, knowing it, can understand more with pity than revenge.
There are two classes of enemies that try unsuccessfully to fight Scientology. The first class is the personal opponent, the second is the political opponent.
The reasons why they say they fight add up to just one reason—a guilty conscience.
Scientology has found out the basic fundamentals of man and this universe. How much easier then to find out the secrets of the history and motives of one person or a group?
If Scientology were fraudulent, if it had vast but covert plans, if it did not work, it would not be fought.
Scientology had no enemies until the word was out that it worked. Criminals, communists, perverted religionists alike swarmed to support a “new fraud,” a “hoax,” a brand-new way of extorting money from and enslaving man. And then in 1950 they found that the new sciences worked with, to them, deadly accuracy. And with a shudder of terror they faced about and struck with every weapon possible. The press, the courts, shady women, insane inmates, politicians, tax bureaus, these and many more were used in a frantic effort to beat down what they had found to be honest, decent and accurate.
Scientology had so few skeletons in the closet, was in fact so purely conceived, that it lost little in these attacks. No serious harm came to any principal or good person in Dianetics and Scientology. On the other hand, without any action being taken against them, of twenty-one highly placed attackers, seventeen are now dead.
So Scientology won its biggest fight years ago, but it is still fought here and there by each of these two classes.
It is a simple thing—has always been a simple thing. A Scientologist can FIND OUT!
The secrets of a person who is evilly disposed toward his fellows are not safe around a Scientologist. The hidden motives of a group attempting the enslavement of a people are too easily penetrated by a Scientologist. And the fight against him is inspired by terror and guilt—and terror and guilt are far too weak to win against truth.
Aside from his own well-trained perception, the Scientologist has an aid called an E-Meter. He uses this for the peaceful and praiseworthy purpose of helping people become more able and less enslaved. But the E-Meter has other uses.
The instrument was developed over the years by a brilliant crew of electronics men under my supervision. Using principles in electronics almost a century old, these men refined a well-known instrument into a small, infinitely more reliable aid.
The grandfather of the electrometer is an enormous machine costing about $18,000 and available only in large scientific laboratories. Even improving upon this, yet making a portable instrument, these men long ago brought out the Hubbard Electrometer and brought it into a cost level of less than £40.
Every professional Scientologist has one of these. And can use it in other ways than mental health.
Every professional Scientologist is bound by the Code of a Scientologist which is more strict by far than the codes binding medical doctors or psychiatrists. Clause nine of this Code is: “To refuse to impart the personal secrets of my preclears.” Anyone’s secrets are safe with Scientology until the person himself no longer considers the matter important. But despite this, the guilty are afraid of us, especially when their dark and hidden facts, if revealed, would send them to prison for actual crimes. Even then, more than once, Scientologists have “gotten the law off somebody’s back” at the person’s own request and have obtained conditional releases for malefactors on the well-accepted grounds that they have been processed.
THE POLITICAL ENEMY
For instance, if this electrometer had been available in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising, it could have saved thousands upon thousands of lives. For the innocent were punished with the guilty and of the guilty there were but very few. And without violent interrogation, concentration camps, and other horrors, any manager or policeman could have found the guilty fast enough to stop the risings and the slaughter. At this moment the South African Central Organization of Scientology is educating people in the event of further risings. This is a deadly blow to a well-known international political organization. But they do not now even dare protest against this defense.
Subversive politics, intent upon the destruction of the lives and property of a people, depend upon secrecy for their gains. Their private motives are not their advertised slogans. Perverted religionists seeking to enslave and extort through lies and terror cannot live in the sunshine of truth. And so they hate and sometimes even dare fight the harbingers of truth and greater freedom.
For a new life to begin, the evils of an old life must die.
THE PERSONAL ENEMY
Unfortunately, the person who does not want you to study Scientology is your enemy as well as ours.
When he harangues against us to you as a “cult,” as a “hoax,” as a very bad thing done by very bad people, he or she is only saying, “Please, please, please don’t try to find me out.”
Thousands of such protesting people carefully investigated by us have been found to have unsavory pasts and sordid motives they did not dare (they felt) permit to come to light. The wife or mother who rails against a family member who takes up Scientology is, we regret to have to say, guided by very impure motives, generated in the morass of dread secrets long withheld. The father, husband or friend who frowns upon one knowing more about the mind is hiding something that he feels would damage him.
“You had better leave Scientology alone!” is an instinctive defense, prompted in all cases investigated by a guilty conscience.
Once they hear a few truths from Scientology such people become afraid. They KNOW we know. And if we know this much and if you are further informed, they feel you will find them out. The wife, protesting, is hiding such things as infidelity or an unsavory circumstance, one or many. The husband, protesting, is hiding a past with many blots upon it.
“You must not know more of Scientology” is best answered by no praise of Scientology but by “What have you done?” It is best answered by demanding that the protesting person go to the nearest center for a “case assessment.” For marriages and families founder on the rocks of hidden transgressions. And if one’s friend or family become afraid in the face of truth, the friendship or the family will eventually go to pieces on the fangs of hidden events.
Brought to light, such things are never as dreadful as they were in the unconfided dark. Exposed to view, one no longer builds on quicksand. For how can one have a family, a marriage or a friendship where treachery has slept?
So Scientology is dangerous.
But Scientology is also generous, tolerant and kind. And before the breadth of its understanding and the kindness of its people, a new world can be born for anyone, a world without war, criminality or the insane.
But also, much more personally can be born a real friendship where there was private fear before, a real family founded on mutual trust, a real marriage where its partners are united against the world, not divided from one another by hidden acts.
Beware the person or group who fights Scientology, for that person fights truth—not the truth of natural laws, but the truth about himself.
It’s well worth knowing, we assure you.
L. Ron Hubbard