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The Scientology Story: Attack the Attacker // The Battle With The 'Squirrels' // When the Doctrine Leaves the Church

Title: The Scientology Story: Attack the Attacker // The Battle With The 'Squirrels' // When the Doctrine Leaves the Church
Date: Friday, 29 June 1990
Publisher: Los Angeles Times (California)
Authors: Robert W. Welkos, Joel Sappell
Main source: articles.latimes.com

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The Church of Scientology hates "squirrels." That is the scornful word L. Ron Hubbard used to describe non-church members who offer his teachings, sometimes at cut-rate prices. Most are ex-Scientologists who say they believe in Hubbard's gospel but left the church because its hierarchy was too oppressive. "We call them squirrels," Hubbard once wrote, "because they are so nutty." Hubbard contended that only church members are qualified to administer his self-improvement-type courses. Outsiders, he said, inevitably misapply the teachings, wreaking spiritual ... [Read the rest at articles.latimes.com]