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Toronto ON — I must admit, John Marshall's series The Scientology Papers (Jan. 22, et seq) were not pleasant reading for myself or other members of the Church.
I would have hoped that among all the revelations he wrote of, some attempt to analyze the reasons for and causes of the action taken by the Church of Scientology in the United States would have been made. Apparently, the story behind the scenes is not good copy.
But the background story is a very important part if a complete understanding of this whole issue is to be attempted. I will say that it had taken 26 years of government harassment, government agency closed doors, government investigations and inquiries, massive circulation of false reports and constant threats to close our doors to bring a few parishioners to the point where they felt their group's survival was a better choice than strangling under governmental bureaucracy, red tape, deaf ears and closed doors. It appers the Church of Scientology had come too close to exposing some serious U.S. agency abuses and needed to be taught a lesson and to be shut up.
One should also understand that those few who were implicated for transgressions are out of a total of over 6,500 Church of Scientology staff around the world.
Here is an excerpt from a directive to all Guardian Office staff from the Church of Scientology Board of Directors. It reiterates the Church's position: In the past, some individuals have apparently sought to assist the Church of Scientology by committing harassive or illegal acts. Such actions are NOT help and in fact make our work more difficuflt in that such acts misrepresent the basic tenets of the Church.
The Aims of the Church of Scientology, as a central statement of purpose for Church activity, clearly represent a direction for Church work toward a civilization without criminality. 'A civilization without insantiy, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology.' (L. Ron Hubbard).
Rev. R. G. Rockl
Director of Public Affairs
Churches of Scientology Canada
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