Archive Message - 1995

Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From!!simtel!!!!rnewman Mon Jul 10 17:00:38 1995 Path:!!simtel!!!!rnewman From: rnewman@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Ron Newman) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Re: The Scandal of Scientology--REVIEW Date: 7 Jul 1995 03:01:43 GMT Organization: Massachvsetts Institvte of Technology Lines: 18 Message-ID: <3ti82n$ru1@senator-bedfellow.MIT.EDU> References: <3thnnn$> NNTP-Posting-Host: In article <3thnnn$>, henry <> wrote: >whenever reading a book on scientology, the tendency is to >compare it to _a piece of blue sky_ by jon atack, which is indeed >the most complete book on scientology from an informational >perspective. Allow me a friendly disagreement here. The best book I know of on the subject is Roy Wallis's _The Road to Total Freedom_ (Columbia University Press, 1977) which is one of the few done from a detached, outside viewpoint. Wallis was a sociologist who carefully documented the early days of Dianetics, as well as the later history of Scientology. It was his book that first made me recognize Scientology's pattern of trying to sue or harass hostile books out of existence. (They tried it with him too, but he was savvy enough to reach an agreement with the Church that the Church actually obeyed!)


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