Religions and Cults
For all those wanting to leave their sect, cult or religion.
It is often claimed that Scientology was invented by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard as a
bet, so see whether he could invent a new religion. It would seem that he succeeded, although
Scientology stretches the definition of religion and blurrs the distinction between cult and
Scientology operates by offering personal fulfillment based on a spirituality derived from alein beings
called Thetans. The achievement of higher levels of enlightenment regarding this innovative form of
spirituality involves the payment of large sums of money.
Like other cults and religions, it relies on the psychological manipulation of its adherents, who
perceive personal benefits and rewards. As an organisation, Scientology is very defensive about its
reputation, and often resorts to legal harassment to silence its critics. Scientology behaves like
other cults in exerting pressure on family members not to leave and banishing those who do.
Within the cult, those who are perceived as dissenters are labelled as "Suppressive Persons", and
become the target of ostracism. Scientology has attempted to overcome its reputation as a cult by
taking over the Cult Awareness Network, a group that previously sought to expose it as such.
A group called Anonymous holds regular worldwide
anti-scientology protests where they wear masks so that Scientology agents cannot identify them and
harass them or their families. For more information see www.xenu.net.