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Scientology Kills


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«Scientology Kills » is the leitmotif of critics. They print and wear T-shirts with this slogan, register domain names with it, use it abundantly on their picket signs, etc. The case of Lisa McPherson is used as an example. In fact, it is being thrown at every second arguments in ARS. This case is supposed to illustrate how the Scientology « standard tech » kills. Other cases are being searched, gathered and assembled in web pages.  These include about any rumor that is even remotedly linked to Scientology, people who "considered suicide", abortion cases, and even L. Ron Hubbard himself.

Truth

From the fundamentalist Christian who beats his son to death do drive the devil out, to Jehovah Witnesses who refuses blood transfer, superstition, ignorance or plain stupidity can kill. In the case of Lisa McPherson, it is important to determine exactly what happened and take all the possible measures to avoid similar casualties in the future. The latest news is that she died accidentally from a blood clot, but the case isn't closed yet.

Fallacies

Scientology has been around for the last 50 years. During this time, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of persons have gone through one form or another of Scientology processes. If "Scientology Kills", as critics affirm, critics would by now have tens of thousands indisputable cases to substantiate their claim. As it turns out, they don't. Even in the case of Lisa McPherson, which they promote as a typical example, medical experts dissagree with critics' assertions. Of course, to read that the CoS is «a criminal establishment that kills its own members» or that it «ties people up and starves them to death», or that this is "how the cult treats people they have no further need of", is a common and typical occurrence in ARS. It hardly reflects more, however, than critics' tendency for gross exaggerations and distortions, unwarranted assignment of malice where incompetence would do just as well, and, overall, their rather shameful exploitation of this dramatic incident.

Conclusion

"If Scientology kills", says Rebecca Hartong in a very good debate on this topic, "it must not be very good at it. Considering the 50 or so years that Scientology's been around, you'd think there would be mountains of bodies piled up. No, Scientology doesn't kill. Stupid and/or cruel individuals kill."

The "Scientology Kills" slogan itself, as well as the sensationalism, generalizations, and exploitation many critics indulge into reflects much more their own propaganda effort to shed the most lurid and frightening light possible on Scientology than anything that is actually happening in Scientology at large.



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This web site is NOT created by a Scientologist. It is created by a Scientology EX-MEMBER who is critical of Scientology. However, this ex-member is ALSO critical of the anti-Scientology movement. This does not make him a Scientologist, nor a defender of Scientology.

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