NONFICTION REVIEW: "Inside Scientology"

  • Article by: PATRICIA HAGEN , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 5, 2011 - 9:03 AM

The inside scoop on Scientology, the steeped-in-secrecy religion of L. Ron Hubbard.

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mananuiAug. 7, 1112:26 AM

I read the book. I have been a Scientologist for 45 years and under David Miscavige's leadership I have seen the Church expand and become very active in social issues such as drug abuse, drug education, human rights education and in fact we have the largest non-governmental education programs on these subjects. Also David Miscavige has opened over 20 new Churches in the last 5 years--in the same time Reitman said she started her book. How come she never, in those 5 years asked to interview the leader of Church staff??? Never toured these new Churches? In terms of her "sources" only ONE Scientologist appears in her book and about 85 expelled members, anti-Scientologist including members (plural) of the cyberterrorist group Anonymous who are her star sources. TOTALLY off the charts. It is OUTSIDE SCIENTOLOGY and a complete joke of a work. Note, page 1 chapter 1 she got the date of the death of L. Ron Hubbard wrong by a year (slick fact checking). I saw it was #500 on Amazon's list--that sort of tells you what American readers think of it too.

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dcourtneyAug. 7, 1110:10 AM

I've read the book, and I'm not a Scientologist. The previous commenter is part of an organized campaign by Scientology to discredit Reitman's excellent journalism. As an independent observer I can say that Reitman's book is fascinating for its insight and very balanced. Reitman herself makes the observation that Scientology is incapable of change. And what they will never change is the lies and deception. The previous commenter (mananui) didn't challenge the fact that top Scientologists were convicted in largest infiltration of the US government in history, or that L. Ron Hubbard begged for psychiatric help after his disgraced service in WWII, or that Scientology holds its own members prisoner in labor camps for punishment. These are the facts. This is why Reitman's work is so important.

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loyalofficerAug. 7, 11 4:11 PM

Under David Miscavige the cult has declined drastically in membership. Miscavige has bought lots of buildngs at the ever increasing expense of the remaining cult members with ever more demands for their money! Recently Jan Meyer (AKA Jan Eastgate, President of the cults CCHR (Human Rights Organization) was arrested in Australia for covering up child sex abuse! The cult of scientology is under investigation by the FBI. Reitmans's books DID interview members of the cult, most of whom have LEFT the cult due to Miscavige's violence. Numerous ex cult members have come forward about his violent and psychotic behavior. The cult is being sued more and more often. The fraudulent Narconon is being sued, Scientology is being sued for child labor, etc. Reitman barely even wrote about "Anonymous" which is NOT recognized as a terrorist organization. In 2006 a scientologist was arrested for aiding al-qaeda. The Xenu Galactic Overlord story about blowing up aliens on Earth which stick to people and cause all their problems is well known now (OTIII). You can try to audit those crawling Body Thetans at 1,000$ a pop all you want and you will probably end up like Hubbard, on psychiatric drugs and babbling about Body Thetans. Pathetic.

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specialfrogAug. 8, 11 3:24 PM

@Mananui: Apart from the date you mentioned (already corrected as you can see by using the Look Inside feature at Amazon) what specifically does she get wrong? You have "reviewed" this book dozens of times and have yet to demonstrate that you have read it and merely repeat the same lie that she didn't ask to interview the head of the church. I have read the book and you are flat wrong. Please come up with some new material.

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