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Dianetics at 70: Scientology’s bible, endorsing child molestation since May 9, 1950

Seventy years ago today, L. Ron Hubbard published the book that changed his life and sparked a movement, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

Two years later, after the brief Dianetics boom had gone bust (along with his second marriage), Hubbard regrouped in Phoenix and, with the name “Dianetics” stuck in banktruptcy, called his new idea “Scientology,” replacing a focus on recovering memories in the womb (a central part of Dianetics) with recovering memories from past lives.

But even as Scientology grew and went in many strange directions, Hubbard’s 1950 bestseller Dianetics has remained, even today, “Book One” for Scientologists, and the bedrock text that the movement rests on.



Dianetics is a vile book. In it, Hubbard imagines that most of our problems are the result of unfaithful women and uncaring mothers who torture their unborn fetuses or warp their children’s future minds by having rough sex while pregnant. Oh, you didn’t realize that? That’s because Scientology doesn’t want you to know what’s in Dianetics until you buy a copy.

We saved you the trouble by blogging this book from cover to cover in 2013, finding all sorts of ridiculous nonsense in this misogynistic and anti-scientific book.

But even as we went through the book for that experience, we managed to miss a shocking passage that was brought to our attention later by one of our readers. Since then, we’ve been trying to get the word out that this incredible passage exists.

In our 1950 first edition the passage appears in Book Three, Chapter IX, Part Two, under the subheading “Differences” on page 336…

The seven-year-old girl who shudders because a man kisses her is not computing; she is reacting to an engram since at seven she should see nothing wrong in a kiss, not even a passionate one. There must have been an earlier experience, possibly prenatal, which made men or kissing very bad.

We’ve checked, and that same passage is present in every unabridged edition of Dianetics to the present day. Here it is, for example, in the “Basics” edition of the book published in 2007, supposedly after Scientology leader David Miscavige made sure that every word in these early works was gone over meticulously for a set of reprints…


Scientologists don’t like that we highlight this passage, and they turn themselves into pretzels trying to explain it away. Those of us not in Scientology just can’t understand the real meaning of the passage, they’ll tell us, when there’s simply no question that L. Ron Hubbard is saying that there’s something wrong with a seven-year-old girl who recoils from a grown man’s passionate kiss.

Scientology itself tried to explain it away by making the astounding claim that in 1950, the word “passionate” carried no sexual connotation at all…



Not only is this ludicrous, the evidence for what Hubbard meant by “passionate” can be found in another part of the same book, when he explains how a fetus can be traumatized when it gets tossed around like in a washing machine when mom and dad get amorous…


Of course Hubbard means passionate in a sexual way when he criticizes that seven-year-old girl for spurning a grown man’s advances. But it’s such a sick, matter-of-fact statement, it’s hard to believe that in the seventy years since this book has been published in repeated editions that the Church of Scientology has never got around to removing it.

So keep that in mind as Scientology celebrates the book today and no doubt manages to find a few municipalities or mayors or other gullible figures to go along and proclaim today a great landmark in the history of mankind.

Isn’t 70 years long enough for this vile book and its endorsement of child molestation to be in circulation? When are bookstores and libraries going to take a stand against this shocking statement of child predation?


Jon Atack’s channel

Reconsidering Ron’s ‘tech’…




Source Code

“The US in a Masterpiece has officially stated it has no responsibility for its money. They can say that twice. The scoop is that genius Nixon’s Federal Reserve Board lowered bank rates in the US, causing US investment money to flee to Europe. Nazi bankers caught the ball so deftly tossed to them by their US agents and began a smash attack on the dollar. Exchange is still 3.8 francs to a dollar in Switzerland. It should be 4.3. Costing us our shirts. We don’t dare deposit and lose. Somebody in the US Federal Reserve is working very hard for his Iron Cross First Class.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 9, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I realize now what I am exhibiting with all my wins; unbelievable, incredible, so many wins in such a short time… are all happening for a specific reason. That reason is, I am exhibiting a complete and accurate alignment of my basic purpose. My basic purpose on the whole track is to communicate Ron’s discoveries. To explain what the tech does for a spirit in a way that is easy for anyone to understand.”


Random Howdy

“David Miscavige is a South Philly street punk: rude, lewd, and crude. He wants to be Vito Genovese but he’s John Gotti instead. All flash and bravado with no real depth or vision.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing was set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for October 7 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: July 8 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), August 31-Sept 1 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), amended complaint filed
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Erika Christensen, Ethan Suplee, and Juliette Lewis]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Death in the Timor Sea: The darkest war secret of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard
[TWO years ago] Early witness Don Rogers on Hubbard and ‘prior lives’: ‘Nothing but a parlor hypnosis trick’
[THREE years ago] Danny Masterson hires Michael Jackson criminal defense attorney Tom Mesereau in rape probe
[FOUR years ago] 66 years ago, L. Ron Hubbard transubstantiated from pulp writer to god among men
[FIVE years ago] Scientology answers Garcia motion: We are definitely a bona fide worldwide religion!
[SIX years ago] Ryan Hamilton adds Colorado in new lawsuits against Scientology’s rehab network
[SEVEN years ago] Search Warrant Affidavit: Scientology’s Atlanta Drug Rehab Billed $3 Million in Insurance Fraud


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,932 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,436 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,956 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 976 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 867 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,174 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,042 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,816 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,590 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,936 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,502 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,421 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,589 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,170 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,431 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,469 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,182 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,707 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,237 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,797 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,937 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,257 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,112 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,232 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,587 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,890 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,996 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,398 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,270 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,853 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,348 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,602 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,711 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 9, 2020 at 07:00

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