Sunday, June 17, 2012

Scientology vs Psychology/ Psychiatry

A psychologist learning that he is evil incarnate.

I don't write a lot about Scientology on Purgatory, but that doesn't mean I don't keep an eye on it. One of the blogs I follow is Moving On Up a Little Higher. The writer is Mark "Marty" Rathbun, and Marty is not what one would call an orthodox Scientologist.

Scientology has been taken over by a self-appointed dictator, David Miscavige, who has turned the Creed of the Church of Scientology, the Code of a Scientologist, and the Credo of a True Group Member on their heads and instituted the virtual practice of Reverse (Black) Dianetics.
I think you get the flavor of Marty's position about the Church of Scientology. What is interesting to note that many religious arguments remind me of episodes of really bad reality shows like Mob Wives or Jersey Shore. If real science ran like Scientology we would still have problems between Lamarckians and Darwinists.

But I digress.

I was reading through a recent post: Scientology Inc. versus the Psychs, and thought that this wackiness needed to be shared. Most of us know that Scientology dislikes psychiatry. But how did the grudge match between the cult and the profession start?

L. Ron Hubbard was clearly not keen on the subject of psychiatry. 
But, it wasn’t always that way. In the late forties and early fifties Hubbard put a lot of effort into selling the psychiatric profession on the virtues of Dianetics. In response, he was not only rebuffed but targeted by a well- financed campaign directed by the “very best” psychiatrists to expose Hubbard and Dianetics as alleged frauds. That campaign gained momentum for a couple of decades as it was joined along the way by numerous Federal and State agencies.
L. Ron went the route of many new faiths and attempted to sell his ideas to already existing groups. Christianity was originally pitched to the Jews, and most of them didn't buy the 3 gods in 1 math. Mohammed tried to sell Jews a better monotheism, but they declined. And those who don't buy are competitors.

Increasingly, Hubbard fought escalating fire with escalating fire. He gradually came off his original, soft conclusion from his first book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, that psychiatrists and psychologists did not achieve results mainly because they did not possess a workable mental technology. In the early fifties he often poked fun at the unworkability of psychiatry, psychology and psycho-analysis (their practioners collectively referred to as ‘psychs’ in Scientology) in his lectures. Then he began to deride mental health professionals as working not to help humankind but instead to control it. 
Eventually L. Ron went into complete Crusader/Jihadi mode on mental health professionals. OK, no one was burned at the stake or head was cut off, but read this and tell me what you think.

From the isolation of the seclusion he imposed upon himself for the final five years of his life, in 1982 Hubbard pronounced as a matter of church policy and doctrine that psychiatrists constituted a special, identifiable type of evil spirit. That is, no person within the ranks of psychiatry or psychology was anymore simply a person who wanted to help others but was misguided into unworkable fields. Instead, psychiatrists and psychologists were a special breed of being who had been psychiatrists lifetime after lifetime, for millions of years, and were programmed to create chaos and destruction to earth. His final pronouncement on the subject directly contradicted and tore the heart out of essential basics of the philosophy he had created over three decades in that it adjudicated a class of people as inherently evil. Hubbard pronounced that the sole cause of crime on earth was psychiatrists – “There’s only one remedy for crime – get rid of the psychs. They are causing it!” 
Talk like that gets pogroms and gulags started. Once a person becomes seen as inhuman, then you can do whatever you want to them. Any atrocity committed against such individuals are justified because they are innately evil. If we didn't have a strong secular state and Scientology  so weak, in comparison to other faiths, I assert that we would have had a few purges of psychiatrists and psychologists by now.

In case you doubt that assertion...

In the year 2011 corporate Scientology leader David Miscavige announced “Global Vengeance” campaigns against “psychiatry”, receiving wildly enthusiastic ovations from his core contributors.
That is crazy.

This is Purgatory.

1 comment:

  1. Quite complicated! If Scientology has veered toward mind control and cult-like tactics to cower its members into remaining affiliated with the organization, then it has lost its birthright—originally rooted in the notion that individuals make choices, and that their choices must be freely made, with all the insight you can help them attain - without bullying them or buying them.


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