Is Scientology a religion? Hubbard says "No".

Mini-FAQ Ver. 1 September 29. 1997

Compiled by William C Barwell

HTML Formatting and Additional Commentary by Perry Scott


While L. Ron Hubbard (and Scientology organizations) make numerous claims to be a bona-fide religion, it can be shown that the claim is really being made for business purposes. Religious status affords many advantages, among them being a positive public perception, a legal shield for Hubbard's shabby science and false medical claims, and most importantly in the United States, tax-free status and Constitutional protection from Government scrutiny. Hubbard redefined the business of Scientology to be the religion of Scientology, cynically wrapping a cloak of subterfuge around a set of procedures that were originally sold as an alternative mental healing therapy. Unfortunately for Hubbard, he failed to amend previous claims regarding the efficacy of Scientology processing, it's "scientific" underpinnings, or that Scientology is not based on religious principles. Scientologists are bound by Hubbard's instructions to not alter his previous statements. Therefore there are some rather glaring inconsistencies between the present religious claims and Hubbard's earlier statements.

Quotes are presented in cronological order to show the progression of Hubbard's statements moving from the clinical to the religious.

L. Ron Hubbard, 1952, History of Man, Chapter 8

"Theta clearing is about as practical and simple as repairing a shoe
lace.  It is nothing to do with hypnotism, voodooism, charalatanism,
monkeyism or theosophy.  Done, the thetan can do anything a stage
magician can do in the way of moving objects around.  But this isn't
attained by holding one's breath or thinking right thoughts or voting
Republican or any other superstitous or mystic practice.  So for the
reason I brought up, rule out, auditor, any mumbo jumbo or mysticism,
spiritualism, or religion."

The Creation of Human Ability, L. Ron Hubbard, 1953.

"Society, thirsting for more control of more people substitutes religion
for the spirit, the body for the soul, an identity for the individual
and science and data for truth.  In this direction lies insanity,
increasing slavery, less knowingness, greater scarcity and less society.

"Scientology has opened the gates to a better World.  It is not a
psycho-therapy nor a religion.  It is a body of knowledge which, when
properly used, gives freedom and truth to the individual."

Letter to Helen O'Brien, 1953




	The arrangements that have been made seem a good temporary
measure.  On a longer look, however, something more equitable will have
to be organized.  I am not quite sure what we would call the place -
probably not a clinic - but I am sure that it ought to be a company,
independent of the HAS but fed by the HAS.


   We don't want a clinic.  We want one in operation but not in name.
Perhaps we could call it a Spiritual Guidance Center.  Think up its
name, will you.  And we could put in nice desks and our boys in neat
blue with diplomas on the walls and 1.  knock psychotherapy into history
and 2.  make enough money to shine up my operating scope and 3.  keep
the HAS solvent.  It is a problem of practical business.

	I await your reaction on the religion angle.  In my opinion, we
couldn't get worse public opinion than we have had or have less
customers with what we've got to sell.  A religious charter would be
necessary in Pennsylvania or NJ to make it stick.  But I sure could make
it stick.  We're treating the present time beingness, psychotherapy
treats the past and the brain.  And brother, that's religion, not mental

                                     Best Regards,


The Hymn of Asia, L. Ron Hubbard, p. 1

"Am I Metteya?
If you see me dead
I will then live forever
I come to you in Peace
I come to you as a Teacher
OFFICER OF CHURCH OR SECT [emphasis added]
I come to you as a Man."

Fundamentals of Thought, L. Ron Hubbard, 1956, Bridge Publishing, 1983 edition, p. 7.

"Scientology is a branch of psychology which treats of [sic] human

Fundamentals of Thought, L. Ron Hubbard, 1956, Bridge Publishing, 1983 edition, p. 8.

"The term Scientology is taken from the Latin word scio (knowing in the
fullest sense of the word) and logos (study of).

"Scientology, used by the untrained and the trained person, improves the
health, intelligence, ability, behavior, skill and appearance of people.

"It is a PRECISE AND EXACT SCINCE [emphasis added], designed for an age
of exact sciences."

Fundamentals of Thought, L. Ron Hubbard, 1956, Bridge Publishing, 1983 edition, p. 55.

Probably the greatest discovery of Scientology and its most forceful
contribution to mankind has been the isolation, description and handling
of the human spirit, accomplished in July, 1951, in Phoenix Arizona.  I
[emphasis added] that the thing which is the person, the personality, is
separable from the body and the mind at will and without causing bodily
death or derangement.

Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter (HCOPL) 29 Oct. 1962, "Religion"

"Scientology 1970 is being planned on a religious organization basis
throughout the world.  This will not upset in any way the usual
activities of any organization.  It is entirely a matter for accountants
and solicitors."

Scientology is not a religion in any sense, "except as a matter for soliciters and accountants." It is a "religous angle", as Hubbard called it in his letter to O'Brien.

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