The Church of Scientology is founded at Washington, D.C., by former U.S. science fiction writer L. (Lafayette) Ronald Hubbard, 42, who bases the new church on his best-selling 1950 book _Dianetics-The Modern Science of Mental Health_. Man is essentially a free and immortal spirit who can achieve his true nature only by freeing himself of emotional encumbrances of the past through counseling ("auditing"), says Hubbard, his "applied religious philosophy" will make him a fortune, but British authorities in 1968 will refuse entry to Scientology students and teachers on the ground that Scientology is "socially harmful" and that its "authoritarian principles and practices are a potential menace to the well-being of those so deluded as to become followers."
"According to Ron Jr., his father considered himself to be the one 'who came after'; that he was Crowley's successor; that he had taken on the mantle of the 'Great Beast'. He told him that Scientology actually began on December the 1st, 1947. This was the day Aleister Crowley died."
Brent Corydon, Messiah or Madman "There are interesting similarities between Crowley's writings and the teachings of Hubbard. Dianetics' Time Track, in which every incident in a person's life is chronologically recorded in full in the mind, is quite similar to Crowley's Magical Memory. The Magical Memory is developed over time until ''memories of childhood reawaken which were previously forgotten, and memories of previous incarnations are recalled as well'. Hubbard gives examples in the Philadelphia Doctorate Course of several people remembering lives earlier on earth, some up to a million years ago. The similarity between the Magical Memory and Time Track, then, is that they both can recall every past incident in a person's life, they both can recall incidents from past lives, and they both must be developed by certain techniques in order to make use of them. Both Hubbard and Crowley consider it important to have the person recall his or her birth."
- Jeff Jacobsen, "The Hubbard is Bare"
"Both Hubbard and Crowley are avowedly anti-psychiatry."
- Jeff Jacobsen, "The Hubbard is Bare"
"I have high hopes of smashing my name into history so violently that it will take a legendary form, even if all the books are destroyed," Hubbard wrote to the first of his three wives in 1938, more than a decade before he created Scientology.
"That goal," he said, "is the real goal as far as I am concerned."
Otto and Miller in vacant lot under bridge in the film _Repo Man_ (vhs/ntsc)
Otto holds up book he's about
to throw in burning garbage can. Book says "Dioretix: The Science of Matter
over Mind. By A. Rum Bi..."
In the film _Pulp Fiction (vhs/ntsc)(1994), John Travolta plays Vince. Travolta in real life is a member of Scientology, a pseudo religion started by an author of pulp fiction, L. Ron Hubbard.
Only several mentions of Hubbard are made in Heinlein's biographies and collected letters, but it is clear that they were close. Hubbard and Heinlein lived near each other, served as officers in the Navy, worked for the same magazines, and, from what one reads, seem to have been close personal friends. Hubbard also wrote copious science fiction, and even introduced Heinlein to literary agent and long time friend Lurton Blassingame. For that matter, Heinlein seems to have been intimate with the other messianic science fiction writers of his era, Theodore Sturgeon, Arthur C. Clarke and Frank Herbert -- whose works bear closer inspection for the magickally minded.
From an interview in the November 1999 _Linux Journal_ magazine
Margie: What about school for the kids? Are y'all going to stay here in the states for them to go to school?
Linus Torvalds: Well that used to be kind of a major worry between us. We've seen some strange things. Tove was off looking for preschools, because you start so early here in the U.S. I looked closer at one of the papers she brought home, and found it mentioned L. Ron Hubbard. I started asking around about the place, and it turns out there are a scientology school, and they don't mention the fact that they are associated with scientology anywhere in their literature. And that kind of makes me nervous. I don't want to put my child in a scientology school by mistake. [....]
If the member opts to quit the group, they can wind up excommunicated from the church. This is accomplished through a formal document declaring the former member to be a "Suppressive Person" -- an enemy of Scientology. And according to a memo written by Hubbard in October 1967, Suppressive Persons are to be considered "Fair Game," which he defined as:
May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.
The next year, Hubbard decided that the term Fair Game sounded too malevolent, so he banned the phrase from correspondence and documents. But he did not ban the methods it represented. In fact, during a court trial in 1984, the church actually defended the practice of Fair Game, claiming it to be a "core practice of Scientology" which was constitutionally-protected "religious expression."
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Truth be told, Paul had always seemed more fascinated by Hubbard himself than by the militia he founded. Here was a darkly charismatic figure so persuasive that he could, as Paul saw it, order his followers around like so many sheep. At one point in his career, Paul heard, Hubbard had refused to speak to anyone except through messengers, mostly regimental girls kitted out in hot pants and halter tops, sexy androids who were trained to relay his orders in exactly his tone of voice. To Paul Beahm's skewed sense of humor, manipulating people to do things for you like that was a hoot. How far could you go with that shit? "People are really stupid," he noted. Paul would eventually claim that he had abandoned Scientology, having come to regard it as fatally "flawed."
- Brendan Mullen - LA Weekly
I want toy tin soldiers that
can push and shove
I want gunboy rovers that'll wreck this club
I'll build you up and level your heads
We'll run it my way cold men and politics dead...
I'll get silver guns to drip
Let's give this established joke a shove
We're gonna wreak havoc on this rancid mill
I'm searchin' for something even if I'm killed...
Empty out your pockets-you
don't need their change
I'm giving you the power to rearrange
Together we'll run to the highest prop
Tear it down and let it drop...away...