The clear and distilled nature of Jamie DeWolf’s writing and performance above lays bare the origins of the Church of Scientology, chronicles the abandonment of the Church by DeWolf’s grandfather, which led L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. first to flee, then change his name, and finally go after the Hubbard estate in court.
The Church of Scientology hates it when it’s in the news. Thanks to the defection of a famous actress, everybody is talking about them again.
Actress Leah Remini left the Church last month with much publicity, because she really, really wants answers as to the whereabouts of her missing friend, who just happens to be Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife Shelly– last seen in 2007.
What is Scientology? Here’s the opinion of L. Ron Hubbard’s son, from an interview in Penthouse magazine in 1983:
Penthouse: And what is the Church of Scientology?
Hubbard: It’s one of my father’s many organizations. It was formed in 1953, basically to avoid the harassment of my father by the medical profession and the IRS. The idea of Scientology didn’t really exist before that point as a religion, but my father hit upon turning it into a church after he started feeling pressured.
Penthouse: Didn’t your father have any interest in helping people?
Hubbard: My father started out as a broke science-fiction writer. He was always broke in the late 1940s. He told me and a lot of other people that the way to make a million was to start a religion. Then he wrote the book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health while he was in Bayhead, New Jersey. When we later visited Bayhead, in about 1953, we were walking around and reminiscing –he told me that he had written the book in one month.
Penthouse: There was no church when he wrote the book?
Hubbard: Oh, no, no. You see, his goal was basically to write the book, take the money and run.
(full interview here, with Scientology rebuttal)
Great-grandson DeWolf, calls Scientology’s methods “flat-lining your brain.”
All very sad. And as weird as Xenu, Evil Overlord of the Universe, in which Scientologists believe.