Cult attempts to influence WCCC, HRC, and other organizations in 1980's from their point of view
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Nazi propaganda techniques in Scientology
The cult feels that the only reason anyone could possibly not understand their "tech" (techniques, technology, practices) is due to an "M/U" (misunderstood word), so they conveniently provide The Official Scientology and Dianetics Glossary online.
(Spelling note: The word was apparently originally spelled "Xenu" by Hubbard, but "Xemu" is sometimes used as an alternate spelling, particularly in England.)
Scientology has the dubious distinction of actually having its well-known lawyer Helena Kobrin mentioned in a standard legal textbook on civil procedure, in an negative example showing the cult's incredible abuse of the legal system for its own ends. To view summary and bibliographical information on this legal text, or to order a copy of the 1996 or 1998 editions, click on the following link: Steven C. Yeazell, FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE, with Selected Statutes and Cases
Some examples of their use and abuse of the law include the so-called "'Ho letters", which are e-mails from Ms. Kobrin threatening legal action for such things as parodying Scientology on one's web site. They had a popular Finnish anonymous remailer, anon.penet.fi, shut down in 1996 for alleged infringement of the Los Angeles-based cult's rights after someone posted some of their "scripture" on the remailer. This and other "scripture" is easily available on the net and elsewhere and can hardly be considered a "trade secret", especially if the cult considers itself a relgion or philosophy and not a "trade".
As another example, the cult's home page graphic features the word "Scientology" with the "i" made with the "Scientology cross" adjacent to a registered trademark symbol. Do you know any legitimate religions which attempt to trademark a cross? And why use a cross when they consider Christianity to be a mere false "implant"? (The arrogance and cynicism of this is not atypical of Hubbard and his legacy).
It is not surprising, however, for this deceptive "religion" which actually promises to empty the adherent's "bank" while selling him or her the (trademarked, naturally) "bridge" -- would you buy a "bridge" from such an organization? (Explanation for non-U.S. residents: There is an old joke about selling the Brooklyn Bridge in New York: "do I have a bridge to sell you!" -- from this, the expression "selling a bridge to someone" refers to defrauding them, since bridges are not the kind of things that are usually sold to individuals on a whim). Other possible puns in their lexicon include the notion of "thetan"; despite officially claiming it is some kind of life force, it sounds just like lisped version of "Satan"; for more information, click here.
Naturally they claim trademark protection for many of the words in their bizarre lexicon, including Scientology, Dianetics and E-Meter (their $3000.00 lie detector that they claim is a religious tool). How many religions do you know whose very name is a trademark? And they have a separate affiliate, the "Religious Technology Center", which administers their aggressive litigation in order to attempt to silence critics. The cult does not deserve some lame "please don't sue me!" trademark disclaimer, but rather this:
Warning: cults like this one are severely harmful to your spiritual, mental and physical health, and may even be fatal! For God's sake, don't let them sell you their Bridge(tm) to Total Disaster.
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