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Followers singing the praises of Scientology literally

Title: Followers singing the praises of Scientology literally
Date: Saturday, 7 June 1986
Publisher: Clearwater Times (Florida)
Author: Wilma Norton
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CLEARWATER — Call this music cassette The L. Ron Shuffle.

A celebrity group of L. Ron Hubbard's followers — including John Travolta, Chick Corea, Karen Black, Leif Garrett and Sylvester Stallone's brother Frank — have put together a pop-music cassette of 10 songs whose lyrics and music are said to have been written by the Scientology founder before his death.

The cassettes have been mailed to more than 600 "various local people in Clearwater," Scientology spokesman Ludwig Alpers said, and will be sent to "quite a few more."

A 30-minute video of the recording session has also been played on Tampa Cable Television Inc.'s public access channel, Alpers said. A Tampa Cable spokesman said the Scientologists have a 30-minute weekly program on the channel.

The time is provided free to any "non-profit" group, the cable spokesman said.

This is the second time in recent months that the Scientologists have sent out cassette messages to Clearwater residents. In December, the organization mailed more than 200 90-minute cassettes titled, Can We Ever Be Friends?

The controversial Church of Scientology has maintained an international headquarters in Clearwater since 1975.

The music cassettes mailed this week were paid for by Scientologists who "thought others might enjoy learning more about Scientology," Alpers said. "L. Ron Hubbard made a musical statement about what music is all about."

The album was produced by celebrities who were friends of Hubbard, Alpers said. "It's got some good words."

The lyrics profess Scientology doctrines, such as the concept of "auditing" away problems in a person's life using a lie detector-like device called the E-meter. The cassette also contains comments against psychiatry and other principles disliked by Scientologists.

For example, the lyrics of "Why Worship Death," sung by opera singer Julia Migenes-Johnson and featuring jazz artist Chick Corea, talk of the deception perpetrated by "psychs and priests."

Why believe such cowards?
Why agree to cease to exist?
Why help their crazy purpose by keeping a mental cyst?

Or in "The Evil Purpose," sung by Stallone:

Terrorists, murderers, rapists, thieves, the very headlines give you the creeps,
People possessed or people obsessed, what's gotten into their very deeps?

The final line of the song suggests a Scientology solution to the problem — Give them the cans and audit it out! (During auditing, the user of an E-meter grips small metal cans connected by wire to the device.)

Travolta'and Black are featured vocalists on "The ARC Song." ARC is the Scientology acronym for affinity, reality and communication. According to the cassette jacket, "To Scientologists it has come to mean good feeling, love or friendliness, such as 'He was in ARC with his friend."

And Travolta, Stallone and teen idol Garrett are also featured on the title song, "The Road to Freedom," whose final verse says:

To you there is no limit, knowledge is your key.
Take the route of auditing and once again be free.