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Scientology's Front Groups

Organizations that might be interested in the services provided by Non-Profits in Search should be aware of the following:

Church of Scientology operates, supports - or is otherwise involved in - a number of front groups used to promote Scientology's controversial teachings and practices.

For example, one of these front groups, WISE (which stands for "World Institute of Scientology Enterprises") promotes the use of the so-called "L. Ron Hubbard Management TechnologyOff-site Link."

The late L. Ron Hubbard was a science fiction author and the founder of the Church of Scientology. Over the years, his inability to tell fiction apart from truth has been well-documented on websites such as The Uncensored L. Ron Hubbard PapersOff-site Link, Ron The "War Hero"Off-site Link, and the The H-FilesOff-site Link - an archive of documents from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation relating to L. Ron Hubbard and the Dianetics and Scientology movements which he founded.

Hubbard's writings, viewed as scripture by the Church of Scientology, include the following statement:

The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.
Source: L. Ron Hubbard, A Manual on the Dissemination of Material, 1955 (See: The Purpose of a Lawsuit is to HarassOff-site Link)

Nowhere has Scientology's misuse of the legal system been more clearly in evidence than in the cult's fight against its online critics:

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Scientology vs. the Internet

For the Church of Scientology, the Internet is a mixed blessing.

On the one hand, the organization uses the Internet to market its expensive coursesOff-site Link to untold millions of people around the world.

On the other hand, Scientology's critics - including many of its former members - are using the InternetOff-site Link to expose the organization's philosophies, actions and secret teachings.

The Scientology organization has tried to squash online criticism and discussion in various ways, generally employing the hate- and harassment tactics prescribed by its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

For example, Scientology has

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• Subject: Non-Profits in Search
• First posted: Aug. 11, 2004
• Editor: Anton Hein
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