L. Ron Hubbard Answers Scathing KABC-TV Report on Scientology

We here in one of the least-respected professions in America talk often about the "news hook" when kicking around story ideas. It's a term pregnant with high-minded concern for the readers and why a story matters. Or, it's a way to justify writing about crap we personally find interesting.

But the Church of Scientology and its chumbucket of woes really needs no news hook. Village Voice editor Tony Ortega's chronicling of Scientology demonstrates that the organization has become its own news cycle, with tales of alleged corruption, financial misdeeds and abuse.

That said, news outlets in Southern California,  a region that's home to the church's international headquarters, out of which allegations of abuse have spilled for years, have by and large been silent about the goings-on in Scientology. This is especially true of local TV news. Car chases and structure fires are more important, to be certain, but is there an angle that could inspire anchors and anchorettes to report on what many consider a dangerous cult founded by a science fiction writer?

Yes! A celebrity divorce!

KABC-TV on Monday featured a report by Marc Brown that led with this:

"The bombshell divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes has put Scientology back in the spotlight, with many people wondering what marriage is truly like inside the famously secretive church. Tonight, the story of a Southern California couple who met, fell in love and married in the Church of Scientology."

In the news world, if a reporter wonders something, his thoughts must be shared by "many", and therefore a story is born -- if he has the time and desire to do it. Or if it's Los Angeles and celebrities are tangentially involved.

Brown's report was quite good. Tanja and Stefan Castle were high-ups in the organization who were allegedly isolated from each other by the church, and eventually pressured to divorce when Stefan left the organization. The Castles told Brown how Stefan rescued Tanja in the dark of night from the church's International Base in Hemet. Really good stuff.

But what would L. Ron Hubbard say in response to Brown's reporting? Thanks to a magazine celebrating the opening of Orange County Ideal Org's grand opening last month, we know.

Here's some wisdom in a Page 4 column -- originally published in The Auditor Journal -- from the man himself, in which he says for the first time in history, there is something that in one lifetime delivers the answers to the eternal questions and delivers immortality as well:

"Without in any way condemning or scorning any man's beliefs, Scientology arose from the ashes of a spiritless science an again asked -- and answered -- the eternal questions.

That the answers have the force of Truth is attested by the results. Instead of the sickness of religious India, Scientologists are seldom ill. Instead of internal warfare such as the riots of Alexandria, Scientologists live in relative harmony with each other
and have skills that respire re;atoms rapidly."

Would he get an amen from Stefan and Tanja Castle?

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Marc Abian
Marc Abian

Josh, Hubbard pretty much gave us an a pretty good idea of his reaction to a situation like this in his conduct of his own life.  Being an intensely paranoid individual, Hubbard ordered "Operation Snow White," where the Church engaged to infiltrate the US government with the goal to obtain and destroy every document deemed to be critical of Scientology.  While they didn't find a whole lot of information, they were successful in running the largest spying operation against the US of all time. When the FBI came after the Church, Hubbard and his 3rd wife, Mary Sue, what did Hubbard do?  Why the gentlemanly thing, of course!!  He ditched her and went into hiding, leaving her to take the rap, never to be seen by her again.  'Cause he was just that kind of hopeless romantic!  

Raymundo Garcia
Raymundo Garcia

The funny thing L. Ron Hubbard is not even the true founder of the church of Scientology but  Don Purcell was the true founder. I think it was 1954 LRH sued Don Purcell over the copyrights to the book both Purcell and Hubbard wrote Dianetics. Hubbard won and in winning he also won control of the group known as Scientology. Which were started by Purcell and Purcell alone. When Hubbard won control of the groups he had to figure out a way to control them and make them his followers so he wrote another book called Science of Survival this book would be used as a bible to control the members of Scientology. Oh one other thing both Hubbard and Purcell dropped LSD a new and it was during the high that they came up with and wrote Dianetics. The moral of what I just wrote is anyone can drop a few hits of LSD and write about it and turn it into a religion.

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