All of them, those in power, and those who want the power, would pamper us, if we agreed to overlook their crookedness by wilfully restricting our activities.
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(Brian Ambry was principal researcher on the book.)
|«Bent Corydon. With associates, founded the Church of Scio Logos. — Zegel 1. (author of L. Ron Hubbard, Madman or Messiah?) Riverside mission holder. — Zegel 3. Riverside mission holder who had his $2 million reserves taken away after the Mission Holders' Conference in 1982. — Lamont.» [Source: "Who's Who in Scientology" by Martin Hunt]|
Dozens of people who once adored L. Ron Hubbard testify in the book that he attacked with cruel vengeance those who threatened him.
Hubbard had a policy that Scientology's critics "may be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist . . . May be tricked, sued, lied to or destroyed," the book says. (Hubbard publicly rescinded the policy in 1968, but the book says it remained in force and was carried out covertly.)
Although the book tells of physical violence against ex-Scientologists, it is mainly stories of lawsuits against critics that pervade it.
This is not a book of subtlety or high style. The material is presented almost like evidence at a trial. But, since the tales of goings-on in the upper realms of Scientology are so bizarre, it's rarely dull.
The Scientologists have spent $400,000 trying to suppress L. RON HUBBARD, MESSIAH OR MADMAN?
They've gone to court four times on this quest. All to no avail. The book is available to anyone who wants to buy one at a book shop. [...]
Guards stationed at the doors of Scientology's spiritual headquarters forcefully dissuaded malcontents from leaving, according to a book by a former Scientologist. In the hotel's basement, "suppressive" individuals - anyone who tried to escape was suppressive - were reportedly kept in conditions that visitors seldom if ever saw.
That was eight years ago. But Bent Corydon, a church member for almost 20 years and the author of L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?, says little about Scientology has changed. [...]
We don't want a clinic. We want one in operation, but not in name. Perhaps we could call it Spiritual Guidance Center...we could put in nice desks and our boys in neat blue, with diplomas on the walls and one, knock psychotherapy into history and, two, make enough money to shine up my operating scope and, three, keep the HAS [Hubbard Association of Scientologists] solvent....I await your reaction on the religion angle. [emphasis added] 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.