Here are a few super interesting links to some of the more important info on Scientology. The Church markets itself as a family-oriented, psychological self-help and humanitarian organization, but the core of Scientology’s beliefs and practices are much darker.
Here is a link to Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard (who was a moderately successful science fiction author before he started his religion) explaining Scientology’s view of the world. Apparently, many years ago the evil intergalactic warlord, Xenu, captured many of the citizens of his planet, flew them to earth in an airplane (minus the propellers), stacked their bodies up in or near volcanoes, blew them up with hydrogen bombs (not atom bombs mind you), and now the souls of these deceased aliens infest our minds and cause our psychological disorders, which only the Church of Scientology can cure, for a fee (but they use a sliding scale…whew). Thanks to Josh P.
Here is a documentary on how the Church of Scientology basically owns the city of Clearwater, Florida (including the police force). If you’ve ever been there and wondered what all the white lines on the ground are about, well…you’ll be appalled.
Here is the short version of the affidavit of Jesse Prince, a Scientology defector who was second in command of the senior branch of the Church of Scientology. His experience with the Church involved forced isolation from friends and family, a type of imprisonment, threats against his safety, and a forced abortion. You can also read the full affidavit here.
Hope you are as shocked and confused as rationality demands.