I'VE HEARD THAT SCIENTOLOGISTS ARE DOING GOOD THINGS FOR SOCIETY. WHAT ARE SOME SPECIFIC EXAMPLES?
Implicit in the Scientology worldview is a mandate to employ the truths of Scientology to uplift Mankind. Consequently, as Scientology grows, so too the humanitarian programs Scientologists support.
Those programs now include:
- The world's largest nongovernmental anti-drug campaign, reaching tens of millions of at-risk youth each year;
- The establishment of drug rehabilitation centers in more than 40 nations;
- The world's largest nongovernmental human rights public information campaign, broadly promoting the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
- Global education programs bringing the gift of literacy to tens of millions of students in America, Europe, Asia and Africa;
- A Way to Happiness movement spanning 135 nations, uplifting populations and restoring the brotherhood of Man.
- The Scientology Volunteer Minister program bringing emergency relief to more than 10 million people at every major disaster site through the last twenty years.
Additionally, through the Citizens Commission on Human Rights Scientologists have further spotlighted and worked to outlaw the enforced drugging of schoolchildren, the psychiatric brutalities of electric shock and lobotomy, and biological warfare experiments.
Finally, the Church was among the original champions of the Freedom of Information Act and other access laws to protect the public interest and end government human rights abuses.
In conclusion, then, the Church of Scientology and Scientologists work in alignment with the Aims of Scientology and the dream of a "civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights."
CAN SCIENTOLOGY DO ANYTHING TO IMPROVE THE WORLD SITUATION?
Yes, and it does so every single day. By making the able individual in society more able and more certain of his spirituality and abilities, by helping people through its religious and social reform programs, by countering drug abuse, criminality and illiteracy while simultaneously promoting morality and human rights-by all this and more, the Church of Scientology is indeed improving the world situation.
HOW ARE SECULAR PROGRAMS BASED ON L. RON HUBBARD'S TECHNOLOGY COORDINATED?
They are coordinated by the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), an international nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to social betterment. Formed in 1988, ABLE is empowered to authorize qualified social betterment groups to use L. Ron Hubbard's technologies in purely secular, charitable and educational activities. ABLE is also charged with the important responsibility of ensuring that this technology is made known and available to anyone who needs it and that the organizations authorized to utilize the technology under the social betterment trademarks are doing so correctly.
ABLE International carries out its programs directly and through a network of continental and national offices located throughout the world. ABLE and its affiliated offices closely monitor the activities of the four international social betterment organizations which utilize Mr. Hubbard's technologies-Narconon, a drug rehabilitation program; Criminon, a criminal rehabilitation program; Applied Scholastics, an educational program; and a program for improving tolerance and morality based on The Way to Happiness, the common sense moral code.
ABLE not only helps those who directly receive or use this technology to achieve previously unhoped-for results, but it also makes those results known to every sector of society seeking to eradicate drug abuse, illiteracy, immorality and crime.
WHO ARE THE VOLUNTEER MINISTERS?
Founded by L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1970s, the Volunteer Minister program was designed to provide practical Scientology tools and indiscriminate help in an often cynical and cruel world.
Through the ensuing decades, Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) have provided emergency relief at more than a hundred worst-case scenarios. This includes a corps hundreds strong at Ground Zero within hours of the 9/11 tragedy, more than 500 volunteers from 11 nations in Southeast Asia in the wake of the tsunami, and over 900 Volunteer Ministers attending to victims in Louisiana and Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
In the Haiti earthquake disaster, the Church of Scientology and its parishioners delivered planeloads of much-needed medical and food supplies. In addition they brought hundreds of medical professionals and Volunteer Ministers to help Haitians cope with their losses and rebuild their lives. In consequence of these and a multitude of other disaster relief efforts, Volunteer Ministers have partnered with more than 500 national and international emergency rescue organizations, including the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration and various branches of the United Stated armed forces.
Today there are over 200,000 Scientology Volunteer Ministers, making it one of the largest independent relief organizations in the world. And in the last ten years alone they have helped some 10 million people.
Volunteer Ministers are further equipped to respond in time of personal disaster, providing assistance to repair broken marriages, recover failing students, comfort the bereaved and much, much more. Accordingly, Volunteer Minister Goodwill Tours are now welcomed across 150,000 miles between Africa, Asia, South America and the South Pacific Islands. Volunteer Ministers additionally succor those in need wherever Churches of Scientology stand.
Volunteer Minister assistance is further available through the Volunteer ministers online. Here one can link to a Volunteer Minister for one-on-one help. One can also enroll in any of nineteen free online courses covering a range of subjects: from Scientology basics, to communication and tools for the workplace.
Anyone with a desire to help others, no matter their faith, can train to become a Volunteer Minister at a Church of Scientology.
As L. Ron Hubbard wrote, "A Volunteer Minister is a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others. "A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence."
Volunteer Ministers live by the motto that "Something can be done about it."
WHAT IS THE WAY TO HAPPINESS FOUNDATION?
L. Ron Hubbard's The Way to Happiness is a common sense guide to better living comprised of 21 precepts, each predicated on the fact that survival is interdependent and without universal brotherhood there is no joy and there is no happiness. In the first three decades since its authorship, almost 100 million copies of the booklet passed from hand to hand inspiring a worldwide movement. In support of that movement and proliferating the booklet ever farther is the International Way to Happiness Foundation in Glendale, California.
Here, educators, legislators, corporate executives and dignitaries learn to implement The Way to Happiness in their own respective spheres. Accordingly, those adopting the booklet in the name of harmony and better living now include organizations as diverse as the National Honduras Police, the secretary-general of the Philippine Red Cross and the Congress of Racial Equality. The Way to Happiness additionally forms the basis of a criminal reform program, likewise utilizing the works of L. Ron Hubbard and now in some 2,000 prisons in the program known as Criminon.
In illustration of the book's precepts, a corresponding series of public service announcements have been produced, which now play daily across six continents. Further, 2009 saw the release of a feature-length Way to Happiness book-to-film available in 17 languages.
WHAT IS APPLIED SCHOLASTICS?
Applied Scholastics is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation dedicated to improving education with L. Ron Hubbard's learning and literacy tools, collectively known as Study Technology. Originally developed for use in Scientology course rooms through the 1960s, Study Technology has since become a worldwide phenomenon for the fact it routinely raises reading and comprehension levels 25 to 35 percent.
For the organization's first three decades, the proliferation of Study Technology into schools and universities was largely a grass-roots affair initiated by educators under the Applied Scholastics banner. Although still grassroots, the scope dramatically increased with the acquisition and establishment of the Applied Scholastics International training campus in the Spanish Lake district of St. Louis, Missouri.
Since opening, it has revolutionized entire academic sectors by presenting Study Technology through comprehensive training programs to top educators. Those educators, in turn, have now introduced the technology into some 4,000 schools and across whole districts. Meanwhile Applied Scholastics tutoring and remedial groups provide the technology to slow or disadvantaged students. In this way, and all told, Applied Scholastics has now brought L. Ron Hubbard's gift of learning and literacy to over 32 million students across some 74 nations.
WHAT IS CRIMINON?
Criminon, meaning "no crime," is a volunteer criminal rehabilitation program which utilizes technologies developed by L. Ron Hubbard to help convicts recover pride and self-esteem. Today Criminon operates in more than 2,000 prisons, assisting some 100,000 inmates, through correspondence courses or delivering on-site seminars, with remarkable results.
Criminon provides inmates with the knowledge and skills to change their lives and become productive members of society. Inmates who have completed the Criminon program show dramatic improvements in compliance with conditions of probation-including restitution, fine payment and community service. Criminon is further known to cut 80 percent recidivism rates to zero and entirely eradicate cellblock violence. The program is so successful, in many cases it is mandated nationally across entire prison systems.
WHAT IS NARCONON?
Narconon is a highly effective drug-free withdrawal, detoxification and rehabilitation program which utilizes techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard. Narconon, meaning "no drugs," began as a grass-roots movement in the mid-1960s when an inmate of the Arizona State Prison solved his own drug problem using principles found in one of L. Ron Hubbard's books. He then used those same principles to help solve drug-related problems of fellow inmates.
Today, the Narconon drug rehabilitation procedure is at work in over 40 nations. More than a quarter-million are now living drug-free lives through Narconon programs, while an estimated 18 million more have been reached through Narconon drug education services. With success rates at least four times higher than international averages, Mr. Hubbard's drug rehab technology has given rise to some 200 Narconon centers and groups. At the hub of the network is Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma where rehab specialists learn to apply the program to handle drug problems other facilities are loath to even touch.
WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION FOR A DRUG-FREE WORLD?
The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and dedicated to the eradication of illicit drugs, their abuse and their attendant criminality. The Drug-Free World campaign is predicated on the statistically proven fact that wherever young people are presented with the unvarnished "truth about drugs," illicit usage drops. Accordingly, the Drug-Free World information and prevention campaign features thirteen Truth About Drugs booklets-one for each of the most commonly abused substances.
Campaign materials also include an Educator's Kit to provide teachers, law enforcement and community groups effective tools to help young people make the right decision. Incisive public service announcements and documentary videos complement The Truth About Drugs series-ninety minutes on every drug of choice from those who have been there.
To date, more than 700 million have heard or seen The Truth About Drugs message and wherever campaign materials have saturated populations, usage rates have dramatically dropped.
WHY ARE SCIENTOLOGISTS SO VOCAL ON THE SUBJECT OF HUMAN RIGHTS?
Central to Scientology beliefs and tenets is a conviction that all people are endowed with the inalienable rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as ratified by the United Nations in 1948. In accord with those convictions, the Church of Scientology sponsors the largest nongovernmental human rights awareness campaign on Earth, providing materials to individuals, groups and government agencies in 82 nations. What Are Human Rights? booklets educate youth and adults on the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in terms anyone can understand.
In 2006 a series of 30 public service announcements were produced by the Church to illustrate each of the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Coupled with a study guide, activities manual and educator's classroom kit, teachers, human rights groups and governments are furnished effective tools to educate youth and adults on their human rights. An accompanying documentary film, The Story of Human Rights, complements the PSAs, booklets and educator materials as a further tool to bring about a universal awareness and respect for human rights.
The Church's human rights campaign has thus far touched close to a billion people across six continents. It is not for nothing then that the Church of Scientology has been credited with doing more for human rights awareness than even the United Nations.
WHY IS SCIENTOLOGY OPPOSED TO PSYCHIATRIC ABUSES?
The Scientology objection to psychiatry does not stem from any desire to deny the insane treatment. Rather, the Church objects to the mistreatment of the insane, which is psychiatry's historical hallmark. That is why the Church supports the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, which works to expose and eradicate the brutalization of patients in the name of "mental health." Over the years, the Citizens Commission has investigated and exposed thousands upon thousands of cases of psychiatric negligence, abuse and brutality.
Nor do Scientologists believe people should be stigmatized with labels and "treated" with "cures" that have no basis in science and are brutal in the extreme. Through its long and tragic history psychiatry has invented numerous "cures" which eventually proved destructive in the extreme. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, mentally troubled patients were literally subjected to torture devices. Next it was ice baths and insulin shock. Then electroconvulsive therapy that caused broken teeth and bones as well as loss of memory and regression into comatose states. Next, it was prefrontal lobotomies with an ice pick through the eye socket. Today it is drugs.
It is now routine psychiatric practice to label and stigmatize youth with wholesale diagnoses of mental disorders. It is staggeringly profitable business. But while psychiatrists rake in billions, society receives a new generation of life-long drug addicts and thus still more customers for psychotropic drugs.
Today, the marketing of antidepressants has likewise reached nightmarish proportions, and the scenario becomes even more disturbing when one considers the explosively violent episodes such drugs precipitate. Moreover, there is categorically no evidence that diseases such drugs claim to treat even exist-which is to say, it's all an elaborate and deadly hoax.
This is not "Scientology belief" or "opinion." This is fact and this is why Scientologists oppose psychiatric abuse.
WHAT IS THE CITIZENS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS?
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) was formed by the Church of Scientology and psychiatrist-author, Thomas Szasz in 1969. It works to expose psychiatric violations of human rights and clean up the field of mental healing. From a single office, it has grown into a powerful international human rights advocacy network of 250 chapters across 34 nations. It is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, where stands CCHR's Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum chronicling a shocking history of psychiatric brutality-from the horrors of Bedlam and experimentation at the Dachau concentration camp to the wholesale drugging of children for obscene profits.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has further chronicled the sad and brutal history of psychiatry in a series of incisive documentaries, Making a Killing and the Marketing of Madness.
WHY IS THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY CONSIDERED A PIONEER REGARDING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAWS?
In the 1970s, the Church of Scientology established itself as a leader in the promotion and utilization of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to protect not just the rights of Scientologists, but also those of all citizens. The Church engaged in an extensive public education campaign to ensure citizens knew how to use the FOIA for exposing wrongdoing and guaranteeing transparency in government. To those very ends, the Church of Scientology litigated numerous FOIA cases in the early years of the Act, establishing fundamental precedents that include shifting the burden to the government to prove documents are exempt from the FOIA and establishing that government agencies have an obligation to specify what documents are being withheld and on what grounds.
The Church of Scientology and individual Scientologists have been relentless advocates of freedom of information and played a key role in helping to enact public access legislation world over. Holding governments accountable, the Church of Scientology has used Freedom of Information laws to expose official wrongdoing that imperils the rights of everyone.
In acknowledgment of the Church's efforts, Quinlan J. Shea Jr., Director of the US Justice Department's Office of Privacy and Information Appeals under Presidents Ford and Carter, credited the Church of Scientology, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Society of Professional Journalists, with having "endeavored to shine more light on government. They-and others-have issued publications on how to use the FOIA, have litigated in the courts and have testified before numerous Congressional hearings calling for more openness."
Nor have Scientologists limited their energies in these matters to the United States. When Freedom of Information legislation was passed in France (1978), Canada (1982), Australia (1982), New Zealand (1983), Italy (1991) and Belgium (1991), members of the Church played a decisive role to bring these laws about.
WHAT DOES SCIENTOLOGY DO TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT?
In accord with a precept in the moral code they subscribe to, Churches of Scientology and their parishioners are very active in local environmental campaigns. Chief amongst their activities are: recycling projects, public park cleanups, graffiti removal, mural projects to beautify inner-city streets and highways, Earth Day educational campaigns and community clean-up campaigns. Scientologists in cities across Europe additionally dispose of hypodermic syringes discarded by drug addicts in parks. Care for the environment further extends to the use of environmentally friendly materials in the construction of new Scientology Churches.
DO DOCTORS, SCHOOLS, SOCIAL WORKERS, BUSINESSPERSONS AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE USE L. RON HUBBARD'S TECHNOLOGY?
Yes, they do. Members of all these professions use Mr. Hubbard's technology to improve their lives and the lives of those they are helping or working with.
Schools and universities in many countries apply Mr. Hubbard's study methods to improve literacy and teaching success. Drug rehabilitation groups use his drug rehabilitation technology to successfully help people withdraw from drugs.
Doctors observe basic Dianetics principles to speed recovery of patients, and businesspersons apply L. Ron Hubbard's administrative principles to build sane and prosperous organizations.
Mr. Hubbard's technologies apply to all spheres of life and uniformly get results when standardly used. Therefore, in virtually every realm of social or community concern one can find people using some portion of these technologies.
DOES THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY ENGAGE IN INTERFAITH AFFAIRS?
The Church is a strong advocate of the interfaith approach on issues important to all religions. Scientologists work with representatives of many religions to support and encourage interreligious dialogue, religious freedom, constitutional law and respect for religion in society.
Scientologists have fought actively for religious freedom in Europe. In France, several thousand Scientologists proclaimed a "Declaration of Religious Freedom" which was subsequently accepted by the Council of Europe. In Denmark, Scientologists are active members of the Danish Interfaith Forum, an outspoken voice for religious freedom across Scandinavia. In Belgium, the Church of Scientology played a key role in establishing the ecumenical European Council of Religious Movements whose members represent their respective churches in dealing with issues of religious freedom.
Churches of Scientology have also organized many multifaith conferences in Europe and the United States to encourage religions to work together in the cause of religious freedom and tolerance. In Russia, Scientologists helped organize a series of high-level round tables on the subject, some in liaison with the Federal Ombudsman's Office and the Russian Academy of State Sciences.
In the wake of the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center disaster, the Church of Scientology in England hosted an international conference titled "Filling the Moral Vacuum." The seventy-five participants included religious leaders, human rights activists and scholars from Europe, Asia, Africa, the United States and Canada.
In Los Angeles and elsewhere, Scientology ministers sit on clergy councils sponsored by law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles Police Department. These councils organize community events to help inner-city youth find a purpose and direction to their lives.
WHAT IS THE SCIENTOLOGY VIEW REGARDING OTHER RELIGIONS?
Scientology respects all religions. It shares with other religions the dreams of peace and salvation. The Creed of the Church states that "all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance."
On an institutional basis, the Church is well known for its community interfaith work with all religions. On a personal basis, the moral code Scientologists subscribe to specifically mandates:
- "Respect the religious beliefs of others."
- "Tolerance is a good cornerstone on which to build human relationships."
- "When one views the slaughter and suffering caused by religious intolerance down all the history of Man and into modern times, one can see that intolerance is a very non-survival activity."
- "Religious tolerance does not mean one cannot express his own beliefs. It does mean that seeking to undermine or attack the religious faith and beliefs of another has always been a short road to trouble."
- "The way to happiness can become contentious when one fails to respect the religious beliefs of others."
Religion today is subject to much discussion and critical consideration. Yet at no time has its civilizing influence been more important. L. Ron Hubbard held that religion is the first sense of community:
"When religion is not influential in a society or has ceased to be, the state inherits the entire burden of public morality, crime and intolerance. It then must use punishment and police. Yet this is unsuccessful as morality, integrity and self-respect not already inherent in the individual, cannot be enforced with any great success. Only by a spiritual awareness and inculcation of the spiritual value of these attributes can they come about. There must be more reason and more emotional motivation to be moral, etc., than threat of human discipline."
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE OPPOSE SCIENTOLOGY?
There are certain characteristics and mental attitudes that cause a percentage of the population to violently oppose any betterment activity or group. This small percentage of society (roughly 2 percent) cannot tolerate that Scientology is successfully improving conditions around the world. This same 2 percent is opposed to any effective self-betterment activity. The reason they so rabidly oppose Scientology is because it is doing so much to help society. Those who are upset that people are improving are few in number compared to the millions who have embraced Scientology and applaud its effort to build a better world.
WHY HAS SCIENTOLOGY SOMETIMES BEEN CONSIDERED CONTROVERSIAL?
Like all new ideas, Scientology has come under attack by the uninformed and vested interests. For the truth is there are those in this world who find it strange and frightening to see the everyday people, the forgotten people turn into philosophers overnight, suddenly unaffected by the threats of their "betters." In that sense, the so-called controversy of Scientology is merely the bitter old resisting the ambitious new.
DOES SCIENTOLOGY VIEW THE PRESS AS HOSTILE?
No. The Church regards the media as an important element of society which, responsibly run and responsibly employed, can accomplish a tremendous amount of good. In point of fact, Scientologists work to protect and maintain freedom of speech world over. That being said, the Church's view of the press is in accord with that held by the general public, who, by survey, find press reportage inaccurate, biased and too often shaped by special interests.
To rectify the matter, Church members follow the Code of a Scientologist and work to keep the press accurately informed concerning Scientology and its activities. Indeed, the Church has diligently worked with the press on thousands of occasions over the years. A responsible press can be an effective instrument for social reform, and many of the Church's exposes of human rights abuse only became broadly known through media reportage. In fact, the Church's Freedom magazine has honored many journalists who, through their dedication and persistence, have shed light on abuse and helped bring about needed reforms.
Now and again, however, less than responsible journalists have willfully misinformed the public about Scientology. As a new religion, there has been mystery, misunderstanding and a share of controversy that inevitably accompanies the new and different. This is not unique to Scientology. But to spin a sensational tale and so fuel religious bigotry is unconscionable. Not only does it badly serve the general public, but it also places Scientologists at risk.
In recent years, Church representatives have met with the editorial boards of major media outlets to brief them on Scientology, its policies and its activities. These meetings help dispel the rumors and false allegations that have gathered in reference files over the years. Such meetings have been very beneficial for both the Church and journalists.
CAN SCIENTOLOGISTS COME AND GO AS MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH IF THEY WISH?
Certainly. Scientologists are free to be as active in participating in Church services as they choose. Nonpracticing Scientologists in good standing may return to partake in religious services at any time. If someone decides they no longer wish to be a member of the Church, they are free to leave.
WHY DOES THE CHURCH HAVE CONFIDENTIAL SCRIPTURES?
The vast majority of Scientology scriptures are widely available to the general public and can be read and studied by anyone. However, a very small portion of the scriptures that deal with the most advanced levels of spiritual counseling is restricted to those parishioners who have attained the prior levels of spiritual awareness.
Scientologists believe that one must be properly prepared-spiritually and ethically-to receive these materials and that premature exposure could impede spiritual development. For this reason, the information in these advanced scriptures is kept confidential.
The core beliefs of the Scientology religion are publicly available to anyone. These are contained in any one of the eighteen Basic books and accompanying 280 lectures by L. Ron Hubbard available in every Church and mission of Scientology worldwide, as well as public libraries internationally. In these references, Mr. Hubbard writes and speaks on the origins of the universe, the questions of Man's relation to the Supreme Being as well as the Creation Theory (The Factors) of the Scientology religion.
The fact is, the Scientology religion does include an acknowledgment of past lives extending back to time immemorial. Scientologists and those interested in finding out about such matters learn about these core tenets right from the start of their Scientology studies and indeed are encouraged to do so.
It is not unusual for a religion to have confidential scriptures and practices. Similar religious practices exist in Judaism and Mormonism, for example.
DO SCIENTOLOGISTS BELIEVE THEY ARE DESCENDED FROM ALIENS?
Absolutely not. Scientology holds no such belief. Any suggestion otherwise is as absurd as asserting that those of the Christian faith believe themselves descended from aliens because they believe there is a Heaven.
Some of the information one finds on the Internet concerning Scientology religious beliefs is a mixture of misstatements, distortions and outright lies designed to twist Scientology theology. These scurrilous statements, issued by the "Internet fringe," are not only patently untrue, they are intentionally designed to ridicule Scientologists and denigrate their actual religious beliefs.
WHY HAS SCIENTOLOGY SO OFTEN BEEN IN COURT?
The Church has gone to court in many countries to uphold the right to freedom of religion. In Australia, as but one example, legal actions by the Church led to a landmark victory for religious freedom in general.
In the United States, the Church employed the Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents vital to the public interest and to hold government agencies accountable. In certain cases, the Church has used the courts to protect its copyrighted materials, or to safeguard the rights of its members. But in every case, the end result is greater religious freedom for all.
WHY IS EVERYTHING COPYRIGHTED AND TRADEMARKED IN SCIENTOLOGY?
Every great religion wishes they possessed the written and spoken words of their founder. As Scientology was born in a modern age, the founder's writings and recordings are extant and verifiable. Hence, the Church has been able to preserve L. Ron Hubbard's legacy and ensure the religion remains pure to his original teachings for all time.
It was Mr. Hubbard's intent that the scriptures of Scientology not only remain unadulterated, but that they always remain within the purview of the Church. Moreover, as he also developed and codified the materials governing the administration of Churches, these works were similarly preserved and protected.
Scientology and Dianetics are technologies that work if applied exactly. If they are altered, the results will not be uniform.
To safeguard the scripture and ensure it could never be altered or misused, Mr. Hubbard copyrighted all the materials of the religion. While to guarantee that Dianetics and Scientology could not be misrepresented, he further trademarked many of the religion's identifying words and symbols. These copyrights and trademarks provide a legal mechanism by which to ensure Scientology's religious technologies are standardly ministered in exact accordance with scriptures and not altered by misappropriation or improper use.
Over the years, unscrupulous persons have attempted, through dishonest conduct, to profit from the technologies of Dianetics and Scientology. The subjects were developed for spiritual salvation, not for anyone's personal enrichment. By owning the trademarks and copyrights of the religion and enforcing their proper use, the Church can ensure such ill-intentioned actions will never occur.
ARE THERE ANY LAWS AGAINST THE PRACTICE OF SCIENTOLOGY? HAS IT EVER BEEN BANNED?
Of course not. In fact, the Church has received numerous recognitions, citations and validations from governments for contributions to society in the fields of education, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, crime reduction, human rights, raising moral values and a host of other fields.
HOW DOES SCIENTOLOGY VIEW DEPROGRAMMERS AND GROUPS THAT ATTEMPT TO FORCE PEOPLE TO DENOUNCE THEIR CHOSEN RELIGION?
So-called "deprogrammers," are better described as depersonalizers who kidnap others for profit. Their methods include brainwashing, imprisonment, food/sleep deprivation and various forms of torture. Such activities are clearly against the principles held by Scientologists and have been proven to be against the law as well.
IS SCIENTOLOGY TRYING TO RULE THE WORLD?
No. Scientology's aim, as expressed by L. Ron Hubbard, is "A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights."
As L. Ron Hubbard further expressed, "We seek no revolution. We seek only evolution to higher states of being for the individual and for society."
Scientology wants to improve and reform societal ills, and Scientologists believe there can be a better world by doing so. It is not Scientology's mission to save the world. It is Scientology's mission to free the individual.
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