Essay on The Church of Scientology

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“I'd like to start a religion. That's where the money is.” L Ron Hubbard

The Church of Scientology began in the year 1953 and is one of the world's newest religions. In this essay I will address three questions: Who was L Ron Hubbard? What is the doctrine of Scientology? How does Scientology qualify as a religion?

Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was born on March 13, 1911 in the town of Tilden, Nebraska and died on January 24, 1986. His nickname growing up was “Flash,” but later in life he was referred to by his initials “LRH.” Since his father was an US naval officer he moved frequently and traveled extensively in Asia and the South Pacific.

Hubbard was admitted to George Washington University in September 1930 to study
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According to the Church Hubbard was a war hero and suffered combat injuries including blindness and near total paralysis.

He was commissioned as a Lieutenant (junior grade) in the US Navy on July 19, 1941. He briefly commanded an antisubmarine ship in the coastal waters off Oregon and California where he claimed he disabled or sunk two Japanese submarines in May 1943. A Navy investigation could not find any evidence that any submarine had been destroyed. Hubbard was relieved of his command when he conducted unauthorized gunnery practice off the coast of Coronado Island. According to the Navy he was “lacking the essential qualities of judgment, leadership and cooperation.” The Church claims that he received military medals that were not even in existence during the time he served in the military.

While serving in the navy, LRH met Commander Joseph C. “Snake” Thompson a polymath and medical officer who exercised a tremendous influence over him. It was from him that he picked up the ideas that “If it's not true for you, it's not true,” and “Psychiatry is the sole cause of decline in this universe.” Thompson also introduced Hubbard to the study of Freudian psychoanalysis and criticized the American psychoanalytic establishment for straying too far from Freud.

Some time after he left the Navy in August 1945, Hubbard moved to Pasadena and
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