By Michael Leonard Tilse more
11 January 2007
I took a look at the thread and I can understand that the
responses to your query might seem not too friendly. As you
learn more, I think you might understand why you get that
I am an ex-scientologist. I was in for 27 years. I did my
share of study and giving and getting auditing.
I am not only out, but I am also trying to inform people
about my experience and what I found out once I left
I really don't care that much about the theology of
scientology. Rather, I am concerned with the actions of
scientology. Those actions are rooted in the policy, writings
and behavior of Hubbard.
As perhaps you will learn, many of the things Hubbard said
about himself and his life are simply not true. Things such as
his trips to china, his schooling, his military record, are
available through research and through government, school and
other documents. The sources exterior to scientology reveal that
he lied about himself. Scientology of course will say it is all
fabricated to impugn his reputation.
Yet, if true, these documents and research that clearly show
Hubbard lied also reveal that scientology is fraud.
I don't know about you, but I relied on Hubbard's
representations of himself to make important decisions about
becoming a scientologist, making payments to scientology and
attempting to gain for myself the results Hubbard said
scientology could uniformly deliver to individuals.
Making false representations to people in the process of
getting them to sign up, pay money or deliver time, effort or
resources to you, is fraud.
It doesn't matter if it seems to work, or that you got
something. The false representations make it fraud.
It is well known to many who frequent this group that the
organizations of scientology and people in their employ make
extreme effort to prevent anyone from giving any credence to the
evidence of Hubbard's personal
lies and fraud and the
general lies and fraud of the business he founded. Documents
from the group itself show they tried to
physically harm people
and destroy their
reputations in order to prevent this information from being
spread and being believed. I realize this might be hard to
credit. Yet clear evidence of this has been gathered by the FBI,
and exists in many exhibits and testimony in court proceedings.
Tory Christman in
her writings tells about how she as a member of scientology,
working with the 'office of
special affairs' part of the group, helped them to disrupt
communications on the internet as part of these actions. She is
a good source of information. You can even call her.
In my own journey, which you can read some accounts of by
googling my name and reading my essays on the subject, I
determined that there had to be at least one nexus, one key
point of information that I could find out personally if it was
true or false.
For me, that was the event of
death. The scientology group's explanations and account of
it didn't make sense.
You see, if Hubbard was all he represented himself to be, if
the scientology program delivered what he promised in all the
millions of words of scientology writings and lectures, the he
should have gone out as the bright shining exemplar of all his
tech and philosophy promises.
I determined to compare the account I received from
scientology with the actual documents available from the
coroner's office and county records in San Luis Obispo where he
died in 1986.
I obtained the actual documents from the police files and the
county records. They revealed that Hubbard, far from being the
expected shining OT example,
died in disturbing circumstances, from a stroke, with a drug,
Vistaril, in his body. He was unkempt, had needle injection
marks in his butt, had long hair and finger and toe nails. The
attending doctor notes he experienced
from the stroke before he died. The people with him at the time
and after his death tried to keep the fact of it from the
authorities by calling the funeral home directly, and delayed
doing that for somewhere going on eleven hours after he died.
David Miscavige told
me at the event announcing Hubbard's death, that Hubbard was
strong and healthy and that he only 'left the body' to do more
spiritual research. None of the disturbing details from the
coroner report and death certificate and toxicology screen were
told the assembled scientology members at that event. At the
least it is withholding material facts. And that makes it fraud.
I understand that since the report information now is widely
available, the scientology group tries to down play the
significance of the coroners report, the drug in his body, etc.
To me that is misdirection, cover-up, or just 'rationalized
thought'. The truth is too unpalatable.
Yet, if you really 'confront' the implication of how Hubbard
died, you simply see that the founder and chief promoter of the
tech, ethics, policy and philosophy of scientology did in no way
achieve for even himself what he promised to others. And that
should open the door for you to find out for yourself what else
you have been told has been misrepresented or are out right
It is too easy for critics and even ex-scientologists to come
to think that those still in the scientology group are not
intelligent, or they are knowing parts of a con game. Or
outright malicious. The known behavior of some scientologists
support that. But I know that the vast majority have simply
never known the outside information and are honesty laboring to
get what Hubbard promised them. I spent 27 years in that state
myself and I try to have compassion.
Michael Leonard Tilse