I understand they’re teaching Scientology in schools in Samoa now. According to a recent VICE article, Scientology has donated 10,000 copies of Learning How To Learn by L. Ron Hubbard — well, it wasn’t really Scientology that did it. It was Applied Scholastics who gave them the books, and Applied Scholastics swore on a stack of Dianetics books that it’s not connected to Scientology in any way whatsoever.
That’s standard operating procedure for all Scientology’s so-called “social betterment” programs. All those programs are Scientology front groups, whose unstated purpose is to disseminate Scientology covertly. All the money collected from their activities goes straight (or more likely, circuitously) to Sea Org Reserves (and to David Miscavige’s benefit), piercing the “corporate veils” of these groups every which way.
So what’s wrong with that, you ask? Well, aside from being against the law to have the money from so-called non-profit groups to inure to the benefit of any individual, here’s the trick. The first thing you have to do to rope somebody into Scientology is to get them to agree with one thing. Then another, and another, and before you know it, you’ve given Scientology all your money and/or all your time, until you wind up spending a good part of your life entangled in this organization and/or trying to get out from under the financial burden that entails.
It’s quite insidious.
Most people agree that education is a good thing. Old L. Ron knew this and used it as an entry point to get people to agree, little by little, with other pieces of Scientology — such as, “you have to be trained to teach it properly.”
From there, it’s just a hop, skip, and jump to “why don’t you send a few people over to our place for the training they’re going to need.” Once Scientology gets their hands on them, the indoctrination can take root for real.
When I was in, I used to try to get them to see the benefit in applying all this oh so wondrous technology to help under-served black children in the U.S. — you know, do something with it that would be a real service to the community. But if you weren’t white and financially well-off, they wouldn’t give you a second glance.
Seems like that would have given me a clue, right? But no-o-o. Young and stupid as I was, I actually asked to be on staff. This was after I found out you could get all this marvelous training and processing for “free,” if you signed a 2-1/2-year contract. And I really believed “the tech” would do what Old L. Ron said it would.
It never occurred to me to wonder why they weren’t actively recruiting me the way they were pounding on everybody else to join staff at the old Founding Church in DC. Knowing what I know now, I should have thanked them for that.
But FCDC had an unwritten “No Nig” policy — and yeah, they actually called it that. I overheard it after I’d hung around for a while and become “one of the family,” which rendered me invisible. If you ask any of them about it though, they’ll deny it — similar to the way holocaust deniers do. Ashamed of their history, they attempt to rewrite it.
I’ve mentioned it to a “friend” of mine from back then, and he “never heard of such a thing.” I suppose that old logical fallacy applies here — since he never heard of it, it didn’t exist.
And of course, by now everyone knows Old L. Ron was infamously racist himself.
At that time, DC’s population was 90% black, while FCDC was attempting to maintain an island of lily-whiteness in their midst. What could possibly go wrong?
Eventually, a few years later, those chickens came home to roost, when eleven co-conspirators were convicted and sentenced in the Operation Snow White case by an all-black jury and a black judge. So some justice was done. They didn’t get everybody though. There are still unindicted co-conspirators running around loose. And they are still, in their own eyes, some kind of “master race.”
So trying to get a foot in the door in Samoa is hypocritical in the extreme. But now that the rich white people know about Scientology’s fraud and abuses, what’s a vicious, deceptive cult to do? They have no choice but to go after non-white people with limited internet access, who have not yet been inoculated against Scientology’s abuses and fraudulent claims. These are the people most likely to believe the lofty sentiments Old L. Ron (aka Ron the Con) wrote about in his books — just like I did.
One can only hope that the recent exposure to Scientology in Samoa does not lead to a contagious outbreak. Perhaps some kind of quarantine is in order here too, like the one on the Scientology ship Freewinds.