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LOS ANGELES (AP) The Church of Scientology secretly teaches that 75 million years ago Earth was called Teegeeach and was among 90 planets ruled by a being called Xemu, say court documents sect members tried to prevent the public from seeing.
The documents, briefly placed in open court records in connection with a lawsuit, say Xemu, attempting to solve overpopulation problems, destroyed selected inhabitants of the planets and implanted the seeds of aberrant behavior in their spirits to affect future generations.
Church president Heber T. Jentzsch said in a telephone interview yesterday that news accounts of the documents are distorted.
And he said that such piecemeal, out-of-context reporting tends to hold his religion up to ridicule in violation of the U.S. Constitution and that "any access to these materials is illegal."
He said the church had obtained an injunction in Britain against disseminating the materials, and that now "the case moves into the U.S. arena."
He said he had filed suit against those he views as responsible for the theft. "We know the psychiatrists are behind it; they've been after us for a long time," he added.
Scientology is based on science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard's 1948 book Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health. Through the use of a so-called E-meter, rather like a lie detector, members undergo exercises and counselling to eliminate negative mental images and achieve a "clear state."
The documents at issue were submitted as part of a civil case brought by former Scientologist Larry Wollersheim, who contends the organization defrauded him by promising him higher intelligence and greater business success through Scientology courses that cost thousands of dollars.
Superior Court Judge Alfred L. Margolis, despite strong Scientology objections, issued an order Friday making the documents public Monday. He resealed them later Monday and took under submission a Scientology motion yesterday to keep them sealed.
An estimated 1,500 followers of the sect, founded by Hubbard, lined up at the Los Angeles County courthouse Monday to copy the documents in an effort to crowd out anyone else who wanted to see them before the order to reseal them.
The Los Angeles Times, however, obtained copies and reported their contents yesterday. They contain rare glimpses of so-called upper-level or OT3 teachings of Scientology, available only to members who graduate through preliminary church programs.