I am so glad the Church of Scientology has staged their "independent investigation" of the St. Petersburg Times.
Of course it's a blatant attempt to intimidate the journalists who have been doing such a good job exposing the church's crimes, abuse and fraud, and the St. Petersburg Times is absolutely correct in refusing to have anything to do with it.
And, of course, the Church of Scientology can never release the "investigation", because it, obviously, would have shown that the journalists did a good job.
But I'm still glad the church did it, because it reminded me of many of the other "independent investigations" they did.
While not quite the same, they are still delightful stories.
One of my favorites is the independent investigation of Scientology's "Purification Rundown". Non-Scientology doctors were paid by the Church of Scientology to thoroughly test the Purification Rundown and determine how effective (and wonderful) it was. As with the St. Petersburg Times investigation, the church swore everyone involved to absolute secrecy -- only the church could publish the results.
This investigation was going to put all the critics and naysayers in their place! This investigation was going to be the basis for a gigantic push to get the Purification Rundown accepted everywhere.
You've surely read the comprehensive Purification Rundown report, haven't you?
You haven't? Oh, that's right, the Church of Scientology suppressed that report. Do you need to ask why?
Here's the kicker: What did the church do when the Purification Rundown was proven, in their own tests, to be bogus? Did they cease selling and delivering the service? Did they refund all the monies paid for this proven bogus service?
Nope. The Purification Rundown is still required for every Scientologist. They are still pushing their Narconon program, which is based on the Purification Rundown, as the replacement for all other drug treatment programs.
Next: They did the same thing with their "Hubbard Study Technology". Another independent investigation sponsored by the church and involving non-Scientology teachers and students -- carefully monitored and tested by independent researchers. Again, everyone was sworn to secrecy -- only the Church of Scientology could release the results.
You've read that report haven't you? Oh, that's right, that report was suppressed by the church as well. Color me surprised.
And, of course, the kicker: They are still pushing the proven bogus "Hubbard Study Technology" as the replacement for all other study methods.
I'm sure there are even more examples of independent investigations, funded by the Church of Scientology, that never made the light of day. This latest investigation is just more of the same. It won't be released.
Regular Scientologists don't know this, but the leaders of Scientology know all about these investigations and their results.
The horrible thing is, they don't care that their "solutions" are proven, by their own research, to be useless and worthless. They still sell them. And they still work very hard to throw out all other solutions. This goes well beyond innocent belief and faith. When they know their own "solutions" do not work and they still sell them, that is intentional fraud.