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February 19, 2007

Scientology vs. Christianity

On of the many lies told by Scientologists to potential converts is that their “faith” is compatible with membership of other religions: just think, you can be a Scientologist and a Christian too! Anyone gullible enough to take a personality test usually swallows this hook, line and sinker—after all, most turn to Scientology only after another religion has failed them. The result isn’t pretty:

Craig Gehring is nearly everything one might expect a Scientologist to be: young, enthusiastic and almost famous.
He is also one thing unexpected: a professing Christian.
Describing him as famous is likely going too far, but the 20-year-old does have his own weekday radio show on a Baton Rouge gospel station, and in 2003 he was profiled in The Advocate after getting a rare perfect score on the ACT.
Instead of turning that score into a successful college career, he pursued immediate opportunities to help others through the Church of Scientology.
Today, he is training to become a minister while serving as a full-time employee at the church’s Baton Rouge mission, where he draws on the apparent contradictions in his own life to explain an often-misunderstood religion.
Gehring grew up Lutheran and still considers himself a Christian, although of a more nondenominational variety.
“Personally, I believe (Jesus is) the son of God — son of man, but like I said, that Scientology doctrine. There isn’t a doctrine about (Jesus) in Scientology.
… “I believe very much in the Christian message,” he said. Jesus “says time and time again, ‘the kingdom of God is at hand.’… And that is a message you will find any Scientologist working toward.”

Any Scientologist, that is, except founder Ron Hubbard, whose tolerance of other religions was close to zero, and whose hatred of Christianity in particular is well-documented—although not exactly well-publicized by Scientology’s cheap-suit brigade. To set the record straight, here are a few choice Hubbardisms on Christianity, starting with this (from Professional Auditor Bulletin #31, in the 1950s):

Religion does much to keep the assumption in restimulation, being basically a control mechanism used by those who have sent the preclear into a body. You will find the cross as a symbol all over the universe, and the Christ legend as implant in preclears a million years ago. […] A few operating thetans—scarcity—
could lead to trouble. Witness the chaos resulting from the activities and other determinism technology of one operating thetan, 2,000 years ago. It is despicable and utterly beneath contempt to tell a man he must repent, that he is evil. Those who talk most about peace on earth and good-will among men themselves carry forward the seas of unrest, war and chaos.

Hubbard believed that Christianity was a “false idea” implanted in human beings by—stay with me here—the evil intergalactic warlord Zenu. This, uh, logic led Hubbard to view Christians as “victims” in every sense. As he wrote in an HCO (Hubbard Communications Office) bulletin dated 18 July 1959:

The whole Christian movement is based on the victim. Compulsion of the overt-motivator sequence. They won by appealing to victims. We can win by converting victims. Christianity succeeded by making people into victims. We can succeed by making victims into people.

Hubbard wraps it up nicely in another bulletin, dating from 1980, that accuses Jesus of being a gay pedophile:

[F]or those of you whose Christian toes I may have stepped on, let me take the opportunity to disabuse you of some lovely myths. For instance, the historic Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure he has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred that belied the general message of love, understanding and other typical Marcab PR. You have only to look at the history his teachings have inspired to see where it all inevitably leads. It is historic fact and yet man still clings to the ideal, so deep and insidious is the biological implanting.

All of which ought to put Scientology in a whole new light for the “almost famous” young Gehring. But probably won’t.

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