Scientology Critical Information Directory

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An Introduction to Scientology from a critical perspective

«Perhaps you've read about Scientology in one of the many fancy publications of the Church of Scientology, or perhaps you've learned about the war between Scientology and the Internet in a magazine, newspaper, or Webzine. You may be curious about Scientology because some of its members are famous celebrities, including John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Jenna Elfman, Isaac Hayes, and others. (Cruise in particular has become more and more vocal in his criticism of psychiatry and psychiatrists, based upon his Scientology beliefs.) Perhaps you read Usenet, and you heard about Scientology from your favorite newsgroup. Whatever your reasons for coming here, rest assured that you have found what you are looking for. The links provided on this Web page will provide you with all the information you ever wanted to know about Scientology and its war against the Internet.»

What is Scientology

«Since the fall of 1994, the denizens of the Internet have been eyewitnesses to an online battle, the likes of which have never been seen before – and which has opened the eyes of a great many people. While many people still think the Church of Scientology is just a weird religion, the truth is being revealed online. While Scientology has always denied this, critics charge that there is another side to the Church of Scientology. A side, they say, that the Church has been trying to keep hidden from the world for over forty years. A dark and sinister side, rife with greed, corruption, and a lust for power and control.»

The War between Scientology and the Internet

«Notable Magazine and Newspaper Articles»

Scientology and the Legal System

«These documents contain stories and testimonials by former members of the Church of Scientology, taken under oath in the course of various trials involving Scientology within the past few years. The stories of horror described here will turn your stomach and curl your hair. The Church of Scientology does not want you to read these documents! NOTE: These documents are quite large, and some Web browsers may take a long time to load them. Thanks to Bob "Da Sloth" Bingham for translating them to hypertext.»

Church of Scientology Home Pages

«These are the official home pages for the Church of Scientology. (These sites are extremely graphics-heavy, and they will take a long time and a lot of patience to load with any graphics-oriented Web browser.) Here you will find the "official" information that Scientology wants you to know: they portray themselves as good, pioneering, and loved by all. In fact, every single aspect of this entire site seems designed to convince the reader that Scientology is the greatest force for good and truth that the world has ever known. A funny thing about these pages is that while they will let you in, you won't find any links leading anywhere on the Web or the rest of the Internet, except to other sections of this same World Wide Web site. It's as if Scientology is afraid of letting you go anywhere that might lead you to discover information critical of the organization.»

Is Scientology a religion

«The actions of the Church of Scientology have brought a storm of criticism upon the organization. Scientologists frequently compare the criticism of Scientology to the persecution of members of the Jewish faith, but the many actions of the organization have been decidedly non-religious in nature.»

Operation Wideawake

«The gap between the "real world" and the Internet may be the last, best hope for Scientology. The Church knows that if people read alt.religion.scientology, they will learn the truth about Scientology. Therefore, the Church is taking another course of action: they are trying to keep the existence of alt.religion.scientology a secret.»

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