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I'm not your leader // Hubbard tells scientologists

Title: I'm not your leader // Hubbard tells scientologists
Date: Friday, 2 August 1968
Publisher: Daily Record (Scotland, UK)
Main source: link (151 KiB)

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The founder of Scientology, Lafayette Ron Hubbard, announced yesterday that he is no longer leader of the movement.

The 57-year-old American said this in a cable to the cult's headquarters in East Grinstead, Sussex.

He sent it from his 3300 ton yacht Royal Scotman which "is somewhere at sea."

The message stated that Hubbard had not been the leader since he "retired from Scientology directorships" two years ago.

Earlier this week staff at the Scottish H.Q. in Edinburgh seemed to think he was still their leader.

They agreed, at the Daily Record's request, to send a message to him asking for a 'reply to the Commons statement by Health Minister Kenneth Robinson, that Scientology was "objectionable."


Hubbard's answer expounded his views on Scientology, but did not answer the allegations.

At East Grinstead yesterday Mrs. David Gaiman, wife of the cult's chief spokesman, said that the message read:

"I retired from Scientology directorships over two years ago and have been exploring since. I gave Scientology to the world with hopes of good usage.

"If it is a decent world, it will use it well. If it is a bad world, it won't. I finished my work. Now it is up to others. Love, Ron."

Meanwhile Mr. David Gaiman, the cult's chief spokesman, said they were to issue 14 writs alleging libel on parties who had reported their activities "unfairly and grossly inaccurately."