L Ron Hubbard said he had been damaged and blind when he was out of the military after the war. And from that he healed himself and wrote Dianetics. Actually, he had not been a war hero, though he had medals, but military documentation showed Hubbard wasn't anything outstanding in the military and his entire system and therefore, the Church of Scientology is all false.
Scientology, is false, based upon a false foundation. He was a science fiction writer and a con man. At the end of his life he was under scrutiny by the FBI. His contemporaries such as Isaac Asimov, all laughed over Hubbard and his sci fi religion, back in the day before Scientology began and after. Does it really matter if Scientology has actually helped people? Yes, it does. Scientology can help people, on a superficial level, as can anything actually. But if you get too deep into it, it will fall down, the church as abused civil rights and there are allegations that they have actually surreptitiously caused the demise of more than one person who has gone up against them or tried to speak out against them.
Why are some ex Scientologists so fearful to speak out against this pseudo religion and science?
"New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright explains how he found a number of
inconsistencies between documents the Church of Scientology says are official
records of founder L. Ron Hubbard's war service and the actual official military
records that Wright obtained."
Screenwriter Paul Haggis left the "church" of Scientology. Haggis wrote and directed "Crash" and won an Oscar for it. Wright asked if he could interview Haggis and they refused. But this lead Wright to be more curious and seek deeper information on the Scientologists.
"Wright says that one of the most interesting parts of the meeting came when
he asked Davis about L. Ron Hubbard's medical records. Hubbard, the founder of
Scientology, had maintained that he was blind and a 'hopeless cripple' at the
end of World War II — and that he had healed himself through measures that later
became the basis of Dianetics, the 1950 book that became the basis for
"I had found evidence that Hubbard was never actually injured during the war.
... And so we pressed [Tommy Davis] for evidence that there had been such
injuries and [Hubbard] had been the war hero that he described," says Wright.
"Eventually, Davis sent us what is called a notice of separation — essentially
discharge papers from World War II — along with some photographs of all of these
medals that [Hubbard] had won. ... At the same time, we finally gained access to
Hubbard's entire World War II records [through a request to the military
archives] and there was no evidence that he had ever been wounded in battle or
distinguished himself in any way during the war. We also found another notice of
separation which was strikingly different than the one that the church had
On the meeting Wright held with Tommy Davis and scientology lawyers
"In September, Tommy Davis and four Scientology lawyers arrive in New York
with 47 volumes of supporting material, these binders that stretched seven
linear feet. And we met in a conference room in 10 in the morning with me and
two of the checkers and the head of our checking department and our lawyer and
my editor and David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker, who had just come in
to welcome everyone, but took a seat and didn't get up until six that
"In one very interesting moment, Davis said, 'Of course, if it's true that
Mr. Hubbard was never injured during the war, then he never did heal himself
using Dianetics principles, then Dianetics is based on a lie,
and then Scientology is based on a lie. The truth is that Mr. Hubbard was a war
hero.' And the way he phrased that, that everything depended on whether Hubbard
had sustained these injuries and healed himself was like a wager on the
On what the Church of Scientology said about Hubbard's war
"I asked Tommy Davis to square the records that we had with
the church's own records of Mr. Hubbard's war records. And he said, 'Well, we
the church were also puzzled about it until we found an expert who clarified all
this.' And he said the man who did that was Mr. X in Oliver
Stone's movie JFK who in real life was a man named Fletcher Prouty, who
had been involved in inner circles of the American Defense Department.
And Prouty, who also had worked for the church, had told them that
Hubbard had actually been an intelligence agent, and the records were, as he
said, sheep-dipped. That's apparently a term of art in intelligence that
maintains that there were two sets of records. And we obtained
all of Mr. Hubbard's military records, and there was no second set of records.
There was no evidence that he had ever acted as an intelligence agent during the
war in any serious capacity, and that he had never been wounded."
On Hubbard's notice of separation
"The notice of separation they gave us was signed by an
individual named Howard Thompson, a lieutenant commander who apparently never
existed. They gave us a photograph of the medals that Mr. Hubbard supposedly had
won. Two of them weren't even commissioned until after he left active service.
On there, it says that he graduated after four years of college and got a civil
engineering degree, which is not accurate. ... In the 900-some-odd pages of
Hubbard's war records, there were numerous letters from other researchers from
over the years. And one of them had inquired about Howard D. Thompson, this
lieutenant commander that supposedly signed this notice of separation. And the
archivist at the time said they had thoroughly researched the roles of Navy
officers at the time, and there was no such person."
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