“Scientology is a religion based upon the research, writings and recorded lectures of its founder L. Ron Hubbard, which collectively constitute the scriptures of the religion. A Scientologist is one who recognizes the writings and recorded spoken words of L. Ron Hubbard as providing the fundamental keys to an understanding of his or her existence.”
“Scientology is a very exact faith and a fundamental doctrine of the religion is that its religious services must be orthodox. This doctrine holds that spiritual salvation can be attained if and only if the path to salvation outlined in the scriptures religious technology is followed without deviation. This path starts with the applied religious philosophy expounded in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health which Mr Hubbard wrote in 1950.”
Both of these statements are from The Church of Scientology Attached Statement to the IRS, Form 1023. They are important because they clearly define what is considered “scripture”.
Scripture that must be practiced without deviation, without question.
Hubbard’s collection is held so sacrosanct that an entire top secret base, CST, exists solely for the eternal preservation of all his works. Etched on golden disks and stored in argon gas filled vaults by a select few who must pass the most rigorous of testing before they are permitted to cross through the gates.
Scientology notes in Form 1023 that the foundation upon which the entire religion rests is Book One: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
Hubbard’s Dianetics “scripture” includes this passage: “The first axiom is of interest to the auditor in his work because with it he can clearly establish whether or not he is confronting a rational reaction. The seven-year-old girl who shudders because a man kisses her is not computing; she is reacting to an engram since at seven she should see nothing wrong in a kiss, not even a passionate one. There must have been an earlier experience, possibly prenatal, which made men or kissing very bad.”
Auditing is the process whereby one delves deeply into some triggering past event, reliving it over and over until one no longer reacts emotionally. This is repression and it is not a healthy way to deal with traumatic memories.
From Hubbard’s example one extrapolates that the auditor’s job then, is to bring the 7 year old little girl to a place where she no longer reacts to having a grown man passionately kiss her.
Her initial shudder of revulsion was a normal, reasonable reaction to being molested. It was both a physical and emotional response to an uncomfortable, inappropriate situation. A way to recognize the need for boundaries to protect herself.
She should see nothing wrong in a kiss, even a passionate one.
Here, buried in Scientology’s “scripture” are the seeds of abuse, proof of a mindset that is unequivocally injurious to children and adolescents being raised within the cult.
Thus there is a compelling, though admittedly circumstantial, argument for classifying Scientology auditing of (and by) minors as child abuse.
For years former members have described traumatic childhood sexual abuse while in Scientology. Miriam Francis, Saina Kamula and Serge Gill are only a few of the abused, their heartbreaking revelations stemming from Scientology’s toxic, twisted doctrine.
Scientology, of course, denies every claim leveled against them.
Denial does not create reality, however much Tom Cruise may insist otherwise.
Nor does it counter years of credible first person testimony of neglect and abuse that covers the most sinister violation of each conceivable human condition.
Every insidious form of emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, spiritual, financial and social destruction pervades the very fabric of Scientology.
Destruction that is not relegated to the cult’s past, but because of its strict demand of unstinting, immutable obedience to Hubbard “scripture” continues today unchecked.
It cannot do anything else because L. Ron Hubbard demanded it to be so.
Of greatest concern are the children trapped within this never ending nightmare. Their own parents willing participants, sacrificing them on the altar of Hubbard’s hate fueled mental illness and David Miscavige’s insatiable greed.
Taught from birth to believe they deserve anything bad that happens to them. Children in Scientology are shamed into silence, blamed for accident, illness or worse. Told that they are responsible, they “pulled in” the negative event because they committed crimes in a past life.
These innocent, most vulnerable of victims have no voice, no oversight and no protection. Kept hidden from, and ignorant of, the laws designed to protect and safeguard, many minors in Scientology are destined for a life of grievous mental illness and despair.
L. Ron Hubbard declared toddlers “Suppressive”.
Aboard the Apollo he insisted that children were in reality adults in small bodies, a belief still held today by Scientologists. Hubbard cruelly punished the youngest under his demented control, imprisoning them in the ship’s chain locker where they sobbed in filthy darkness for parents who never came.
Scientology has a documented history of child abuse that no amount of denial can sweep away. Given this track record it is unreasonable and irresponsible to believe that minors are treated any less cruelly today.
In the face of growing exposure by former members one thing is certain; like any bully COS has only worked to find new, more creative ways to hide their actions.
Including using the shield of religion.
It is beyond time to stop pretending that Scientology has a First Amendment right to treat their members as tools. Raising children in toxic, dangerous disregard guaranteed to damage their mental and emotional health in perpetuity is not the way to spiritual freedom.
For many of these child victims there is no one ritual in Scientology more detrimentally fraught with the potential for emotional and psychological peril than auditing.
This series of articles will attempt to outline why auditing is not a religious ritual and why auditing qualifies under the legal definition of sexual abuse and Obscenity.
Part 2: The Realities of Auditing; Religious Ritual or Ground Zero for Abuse?