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Scientology Myths - what is fact? what is fiction?

ScientologyMyths.info wants to find answers to the questions that are being asked all over the internet about Scientology, Scientologists, the Church of Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard. Information about Dianetics and the leader of Scientology, David Miscavige, are sub-topics and touched at times. Our goal is to find answers from independent sources, not only from Church of Scientology owned sites or anti-Scientology sites. If you miss information, please contact us.

We pull our information mainly from court documents and other neutral sources and lay out the information for you to come to your own conclusions. Honestly, there is so much false and biased propaganda on the internet that we sometimes have a hard time separating out all unverifiable falsehoods. If you see something like that, speak up please! We promise that the information you find here is less hysterical and less one-sided than on the big paid anti-scientology information sites and we are trying hard to get better and better ...

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Today's Myth Explained

Q: What is up with Ron Miscavige?

Ok, so there is a guy called Ron Miscavige who showed up in the media recently.

For those who don't know, it's this guy:

Ron Miscavige

For Scientologists, he comes under the heading of "slack, obnoxious and lying through his teeth." It might be true that he had some extra protection due to his last name. But that stopped when he hooked up with  people that are outspoken enemies of Scientology. I mean, who in their right mind would support someone that is friends with people that attack your beliefs and basically want you dead? He must have lost a lot of friends with that. Also not a surprise then that his family came forward with their experience with Ron Miscavige. The Church put it out for everyone to see, here.

Personally, I didn't know about his past. Ron Miscavige's recent confessions about him beating up his wife for 10 years before joining the Church or hanging out with a rapist after leaving the Church. All news to me. So it's up to you to make up your mind. RonMiscavigeBook.com gives a load of data. Start there. I'll update this article as the story rolls out.

Q: What is it with Scientology and Disconnection?

From the blog :

Scientology' s disconnection policy attempts to segregate Scientologists from SPs*.

Answer:

True, but you should read the actual "disconnection policy". Just because Scientology sometimes has its own "Scientologese" (language) this does not mean that its concepts are unknown in other groups. Disconnection is something which happens every day in groups or families. I am sure you applied it yourself already. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard just sat down and wrote it up, as a right somebody has.

It says: "Perhaps the most fundamental right of any being is the right to communicate. Without this freedom, other rights deteriorate. Communication, however, is a two-way flow. If one has the right to communication, the one must also have the right to not receive communication from another. ... The term 'disconnection' is defined as a self-determined decision made by an individual that he is not going to be connected to another. ... With our tech of handle or disconnect, we are, in actual fact, doing nothing different that any society or group or marriage down through thousands of years. ... We cannot afford to deny Scientologists that basic freedom that is granted to everyone else: the right to choose whom one wishes to communicate with or not communicate with." (10 September 1983).

You could chose on your own free will to stay together with a person who is hurting and harassing you. Scientology however does not support masochism or any kind of self-invalidation. Scientologists also do not appreciate to be pulled or held down. So they either try to fix the relation (handle) or cut it (disconnect). Sure the person on the other end sometimes does not like it, goes around complaining, in some cases blaming everybody else for his or her own condition. That won't do anything. But such a person always has the choice to become a tolerant and polite person, someone you like to be connected with. The Church would help in such a case.

*SP = Suppressive Person. Here is what THAT means:

Suppressive Person (SP): a person who possesses a distinct set of characteristics and mental attitudes that cause him to suppress other people in his vicinity. This is the person whose behavior is calculated to be disastrous. Also called antisocial personality. What an antisocial personality is in Scientology has been written up very nicely in the Scientology Handbook (which is also online). Here is the relevant chapter.

In practice, an SP is a status of a member of Scientology. Someone who intentionally messed things up repeatedly or really badly violated internal rules gets "declared a Suppressive Person". That means he or she gets kicked out of the Church of Scientology and that's it. Nothing more or less. His or her membership is canceled and that person is given the boot. Peculiarly in Scientology is that anyone, also a declared SP, can come back to the Church. I know some people who came back after cooling down and they are Scientologists again.

On ex-Scientologists

Some former members might complain about "bad experiences" they had or claim to have had. So, obviously they decided not to do something about it and left the organization. Maybe it was not the right thing for them. Just as most other religious organizations Scientology does not hold members who do not want to be members. Scientology practices do not work properly if done under pressure or false premises. So who wants to go, should leave or help to remedy perceived wrongs. Ex-members who try to make a living as "experts" on the faith they abandoned are clearly not neutral and not a good source for anything related.

More here

Q: What is the "Int Ranch" or "Happy Valley School"?

The actual name of this school was Castile Canyon School and it existed from 1990 to 2000 in California. The school was called the "Int Ranch" by its students, all of them kids of Church of Scientology staff members. The school made a media appearance when ex-Scientologist and "Posse" member Jenna Hill pushed out ridiculous claims about her time there. There is a whole website on this at http://castilecanyonschool.org so I won't go into much more detail.

A Collecton of Apostates - WhoIs....com Sites

I just stumbled over a new site that I didn't know exists: WhoisHaydnJames.com. There are some things that I remember about Haydn that are not on the site but it seems to be fairly accurate. The site is part of a whole group of "WhoIs....com" sites, a list of which you can find here: http://whoishaydnjames.com/links.html

Q: What is CST? Is there an "Alien Space Cathedral" in New Mexico?

Recent media have spoken about a "symbol" being carved in the hillside near its location in rural New Mexico in the southern United States.  The symbol talked about in the media is the Church of Spiritual Technology’s corporate logo.  Because the facility is in such a remote area, the only way to it is by way of a nearby airstrip.  The corporate logo is carved into the ground to help pilots find the airstrip, as there is no control tower or air traffic control.  The logo is NOT visible from outer space!

CST Airstrip

Church of Spiritual Technology  (CST) is a California non-profit religious corporation.  It is the owner of the copyrights to L. Ron Hubbard’s works and licenses their use.   CST  is not involved in the ecclesiastical management of Scientology Churches or the delivery of Scientology religious services.  Its day-to-day activities are the long-term preservation of L. Ron Hubbard’s writings and lectures.  It deals in cutting edge long-term archival preservation methods to ensure that Mr. Hubbard’s written and recorded works will be preserved for future generations.

The facility in the area is one of the archival storage sites containing preservation copies of Mr. Hubbard’s writings and lectures.  

Archival sites are common among religions.  The Mormons have a large genealogical archive in Utah.  The Vatican’s archives house documents going back more than 2,000 years.

The purpose of this archive is so that future generations will have available to them all of L. Ron Hubbard’s technology in its exact original form, no matter what happens to the society. 

Aside from that, using land to display the logo of a corporation’s headquarters is not uncommon as you can see here.

Q: What happened to Lisa McPherson?

Lisa McPherson was a Scientologist who died from a blood clot as a result of a car accident. Some corrupt individuals tried to profit from the death of this girl and make a lot of noise about it. That's why you know about it. Here is the real story. Lisa McPherson died of what the doctors called a pulmonary embolism (blood clot). Other statements first made by Medical Examiner Dr. Joan Wood were found unfounded, as she herself agreed when she was presented with all the evidence. None of the top medical experts around the country who have been consulted on this matter agreed with Wood's conclusions.

When the medical examiner looked at all the facts she came to the conclusion that Lisa McPherson suffered an accidental death as a result of a pulmonary embolism caused by an injury to her leg in the auto accident. All charges against the Church were dismissed by the prosecutor.

When the judge in the civil suit was presented the evidence he ruled that Lisa McPherson was at the Church of her own free will and dismissed a major portion of the case. The remaining part of the civil case ultimately settled in 2004.

Lisa was not mistreated, she was willingly in the care of friends. She did not lose 50 lbs. These are lies invented to align with a harassment campaign against the Church of Scientology and its members. The medical examiner determined that Lisa died of natural causes.

DOCUMENTATION:
- Dismissal of all charges in 2000
- Lisa McPherson Death Certificate
- Press release of the Pinellas County Florida State Attorney, June 2000