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Scientology donor Jim Mathers has your L. Ron Hubbard mantra for sending kids back to school

As kids begin to head back to school in various parts of the country, parents are naturally apprehensive about how their local district is going to negotiate our ongoing national health nightmare.

After four months cooped up at home, kids are bouncing off the walls, parents are at their wits’ end, and schools are trying to come up with plans that won’t endanger teachers and staff, and won’t infect students with the coronavirus to take home to mom, dad, and grandma.

Surely, no one would blame schools for caring about everyone’s safety at a time like this, right?

Well, you might be surprised.


We heard previously from colorful Scientology million-dollar donor Jim Mathers, who said about COVID-19 that “healthy people don’t get sick” and other magical thinking.

And now, perfectly timed for those back-to-school sales, Mathers offered up portions of an L. Ron Hubbard lecture at his Facebook account that had his Scientology friends cheering. We thought you’d also like to see it…


The finest way in the world to make an accident-prone would be to talk somebody into being careful. The finest way in the world to make a bunch of complete nuts and nitwits in a society would be to teach them safety in schools. That would be a certain method of creating a psychoneurotic society — an absolutely certain method. Now, that it is being done does not make it right.

By the time you have taught a child thoroughly to be utterly and completely careful, you have made somebody who will avoid all impacts. Care of the body, care of the body, care of the body. If you can just get a child to care for his body sufficiently, it will be in good shape. Or will it be? Or will he become so frightened of impacts himself, that whenever the body itself has an impact, he will withdraw from communication with the body and so will not heal his body? The latter is the case.

If you make a child frightened of impacts and make him terribly careful, he will no longer go into communication with painful areas and so will become unable to withstand the bumps and rattles of existence and will get into a condition which is, to say the least, awfully normal.

A child could be guaranteed an utter failure of his endocrine system, if he were trained thoroughly to avoid all impacts. If he were trained thoroughly to avoid germs, to avoid illness, to avoid conditions which are described as highly detrimental to him, he will then be made to close terminals with those conditions. Why? Because he is cutting communication, cutting communication, cutting communication, cutting communication. You see that? He’s saying, ‘I mustn’t communicate with, I mustn’t communicate with,’ which is to say, ‘I have no control over, I have no control over, I have no control over.’

Now, just as soon as he learns thoroughly that he mustn’t go into contact or communication with impact, with germs, with this, with that, he just gets, as a thetan, smaller and smaller, withdraws more and more, is less and less alert, is less and less in communication with things and finally will be unable to heal any part of his body.

This would be a sure method of making the American Medical Association (a small club in Chicago) rich. It’s a small club in Chicago dedicated to no experimentation and terrific amounts of practice.

The main thing I’m trying to point up here is that a society gets headed in the direction of avoidance. It gets headed in the direction of fear and so becomes controllable. It is an overt mechanism on the part of anything or anyone seeking to control a society, to cut the communications of that society.

The way to guarantee a slave society–guarantee it–would be to teach safety across the boards. That’s just one method. But that method, all by itself, would make successive generations of children more and more difficult in their own sphere of operation. They would be afraid to go into communication with. And when you say, ‘Be careful, don’t do this, don’t do that, stop here, stop there,’ you’re saying, ‘Don’t go into communication with, don’t go into communication with, don’t go into communication with. You mustn’t communicate with.’ And this is dramatized, ‘Don’t communicate with little Johnny, he stutters and therefore, you’ll stutter. Don’t go into communication with Bobby. He’s got bacteriosis and that will be the end of you. Don’t go into communication with that nasty old man down the street who carries that dirty candy around in his pockets, because it’s dirty and this will make you very ill.’

Until it is considered to be so, it is not true that an impact is very damaging. Until it is considered to be so that an illness can take place, no illness can take place. This is the mechanism of the society. — L. Ron Hubbard, 7th ACC, Lecture 9, 28 June 1954, EXTERIORIZATION

If anyone has any clue what Hubbard is blathering on about here, please let us know.


In the meantime, keep your kids safe, and let’s get through this together.


Bonus items from our tipsters

While Scientologists like Mathers keep up the “COVID is a hoax” line, one Scientologist finally brought up a rather obvious point…


Meanwhile, in Hawaii…



Source Code


“Do you realize the value of auditing is not measurable in dollars and cents to a person who is being audited properly? It is just not measurable. A hundred thousand dollars an hour would be something he would talk about. Got the idea? He would talk about. He might not be able to pay it but he could consider it. Now, that’s quite interesting. He could consider it, without gaping and jumping out the window and so forth.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 29, 1958


Overheard in the FreeZone

“LRH describes in the Philadelphia Doctorate Course taped lectures, that one can ‘scan’ the time track of a room or a house. LRH scanned the past track and the future track of the room he was doing the lecture at.”


Random Howdy

“I want a cheap E-meter so I can sec-check my cats and I can get to the bottom of mysteries like, why do you chew on plastic bags? Why do you eat your own hair? Why do you refuse to help me do the dishes?”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Arraignment scheduled for September 18.
Jay Spina, Medicare fraud: Sentencing is set for August 27 in White Plains, NY
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments set for August 30 at 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: Sept 4 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
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, trial set for Nov 9, 2021


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

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

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?



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[THREE years ago] Jon Atack: The biggest thing L. Ron Hubbard got wrong about Buddhism
[FOUR years ago] Arlene Cordova, 1933-2016: In her 80s, she took on Scientology and reunited with her daughter
[FIVE years ago] How Scientology schools prepare young minds for the rigors of the Sea Org
[SIX years ago] VIDEO: Scientology gets a grilling at Chautauqua
[SEVEN years ago] Jim Lynch, Scientology’s Shill, Dies at 59
[EIGHT years ago] “Tom Cruise Worships David Miscavige Like a God”: The John Brousseau Story, Part Two
[NINE years ago] Scientology’s Hollywood Landmarks: More from THR Reporter Daniel Miller


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 2,013 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,517 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,037 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,057 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 948 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,255 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,123 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,897 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,701 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,017 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,583 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,502 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,670 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,251 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,512 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,550 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,263 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,788 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,318 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,878 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,018 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,338 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,193 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,312 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,668 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,971 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,077 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,479 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,351 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,934 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,429 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,683 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,792 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 29, 2020 at 07:00

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