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Scientology front: The Way to Happiness

201 E. Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 254-0600

Founded: 1980

Scientology PR: “A stunning two-thirds of the world’s governments are riddled with serious corruption. Almost a quarter of today’s emerging leaders are convinced they need to behave unethically to get ahead. To reverse this decline and restore fundamental morals and values, L. Ron Hubbard wrote The Way to Happiness: A Common Sense Guide to Better Living. Entirely nonreligious, its 21 precepts may be used by anyone regardless of race, culture or creed to foster kindness, honesty and the basic skills of living.”

The year was 1980, and the Church of Scientology was in a world of hurt. A 1977 FBI raid and the prosecution of 11 top Scientology officials had revealed just how underhanded and vicious the organization really was, with its spy wing conducting a yearslong infiltration of the US government. A shocked public wondered, just what do those Scientologists believe, anyway? And so L. Ron Hubbard hastily threw together a short pamphlet with statements about morality ripped off from other traditions — murder is bad, cleanliness is good — and called it “The Way to Happiness.”

Hubbard was so happy with his creation, he established a foundation that does nothing but denude whole forests putting out millions of copies of the booklet, and claiming that its distribution ends wars, solves homelessness, and a dozen other outlandish claims based on no evidence at all. Mostly harmless, the foundation is simply proof that Scientologists will do whatever Hubbard demands, even decades after his 1986 death.



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