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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Church of Scientology Cries "KKK!"

I don't think the Church of Scientology is ever going to learn. In the past, the church accused their critics of "being Nazis!" As I pointed out in The Church of Scientology Cries "Nazi!", this was incredibly stupid.

First, this kind of accusation is usually hauled out by the not-too-bright when they can't find any facts to support their position.

But worse (from the church's point of view), while their critics have nothing in common with Nazis, the Church of Scientology actually does have a lot in common with fascism. I pointed out that the church should be very careful in drawing attention to fascism in connection with the church.

Perhaps they listened, because such foolish accusations seem to have abated.

And then again, perhaps not.

Now the Church of Scientology's apologists are comparing the church's critics to "the KKK".

Dear Church of Scientology: Not smart.

Their "reasoning"? The KKK wore hoods and robes -- some of the church's critics wear masks. As long as you leave it at that, there is a very, very vague connection there. But don't look any deeper!

Well, let's look deeper, shall we?

Religious organization:
  • The KKK considered itself a religious organization, a fraternal order, they even had a chaplain.
  • Anonymous is not an organization, is not religious, is not an order.
  • The Church of Scientology, however, considers itself a religious organization and claims their "Sea Org" is a fraternal order.
Suppression of critics:
  • The KKK used intimidation, threats, harassment and murder to attempt to silence those they deemed their "enemies". They would visit their enemies houses to intimidate them.
  • Scientology critics and Anonymous stage peaceful protests at the church's places of business to protest what they feel are harmful, abusive and criminal activities. They never visit the private homes of Scientologists. Rather than silence, their usual intent is for dialog.
  • The Church of Scientology uses intimidation, threats and harassment to attempt to silence those who oppose them. The church goes to critic's houses leaving fliers in their neighborhood and other, more personal, "messages" to try to intimidate their critics into silence.
Hate group:
  • The KKK was, obviously, a hate group. They hated blacks, Jews, Catholics, gays, and much more.
  • Anonymous and other Scientology critics contain members of all religions, all ethnic groups, all sexual persuasions. Anonymous attacks no religion but only seeks to expose the Church of Scientology's crimes, abuses, lies and fraud.
  • The Church of Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, spoke very disparagingly of all other religions. Hubbard was a racist and, in one lecture, spoke very highly of South Africa's apartheid. Hubbard hated gays, Scientology claims to be able to "cure" homosexuality.
Crimes:
  • The KKK committed crimes. Members of the KKK were sworn to secrecy and were punished severely if they dared to object to or dared to report those crimes.
  • Anonymous adheres to the law in their protests. If someone claiming to be a member of Anonymous breaks the law, they suffer the consequences like anyone else.
  • The Church of Scientology commits crimes, abuses and fraud. Members of the church are sworn to secrecy and are severely punished if they object to or if they report those crimes.
I could go on ...

I am not going to say that the Church of Scientology is exactly like the KKK, that would be ridiculous. I am not going to say that the Church of Scientology is as evil as the KKK, that's not correct either.

However, when the Church of Scientology claims that Anonymous is "just like the KKK", any intelligent person will see that this is completely bogus -- but then they will look at the church's actions in that light.

And that isn't good for the Church of Scientology.

Here's a little clue for David Miscavige and his Church of Scientology: When you're busy trying to suppress free speech using intimidation, threats and harassment against your "enemies", you'd best not draw any attention to that other group that also tried so hard to suppress free speech. The difference between the Church of Scientology's tactics to suppress free speech and the tactics of the KKK are of degree, not intent. That's not good.
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9 comments:

  1. Terrific post, Bill. You've argued your case most persuasively.

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  2. nice piece of writing

    thanks

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  3. General Public AYSMarch 27, 2009 at 5:44 AM

    You all will no doubt remember the letter signed by a number of American personalities, including Larry King and Gore Vidal, which was sent to the German government of Chancellor Kohl. It caused a storm because it compared the German government's treatment of scientologists to that of the Nazi government's treatment of the Jews.

    It was a very clumsy and stupid idea. It made curious people look at exactly what the Germans were doing, and they came to the conclusion the comparison was false. The Germans themselves knew that the nonsense in the letter made the same sort of unsubstantiated claims as the Nazi put forward against Jews. They knew the style of the letter intimately through their country's history.

    All you have to do with such claims is to hold up a mirror. If those making them have something to hide you will see in the mirror their reflection.

    "When you're busy trying to suppress free speech using intimidation, threats and harassment against your "enemies", you'd best not draw any attention to that other group that also tried so hard to suppress free speech." says it perfectly Bill. They have no common sense.

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  4. Thanks Anonymous, Anonymous and General Public AYS!

    I do appreciate the feedback! Thanks!

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  5. Wonderful piece Bill.

    Just found your blog. I look forward to using it as a source of information (along with some other ex-sci sites) in order to educate myself on how to properly address a practicing member. I'm not just here to enturbulate, I actually do want to help. I hope other anons feel the same way. I know there are lots, but there's always room for MOAR!

    We are legion.

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  6. Isn't there a Scientology datum that the criminal mind always sees its own crimes in others?

    Psychologists just call it "projection", but it's the same general idea.

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  7. Re: Projection

    I don't recall Hubbard saying this, but if it's known in psychology, then he probably did say something similar, and gave it a new name.

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  8. The Scientologist in Scientology claims to be all "mental". KKK Wizards practice "mental-tactics", in the same exact way the Scientologist practices. And adhers to the same ways in which to fix people or dispose of them.

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  9. Remote Viewing and Mentalists practice the same thing as described in deeper teachings in Scientoplogy. The Project Rainbow in the 60s with Ron L Hubbards knowledge in Witch Craft and Jane Fondas experimentation in Witch Craft is in relation to hate groups that hate the military, gays, and races. Which is something that the KKK Wizards also engage in.

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