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Does Scientology engage in brainwashing or mind control?
Not only is this question insulting, it is made even more offensive to Scientology since the exact opposite is true. Scientology makes people spiritually free and enables them to think for themselves. Indeed, one of the maxims used in the Church is that a parishioner should not just believe, but should observe the veracity and workability of Scientology for himself and only accept it when it is true for him.
The people making such accusations hold the opposite view. They seek to change opinion through “deprogramming,” a violent form of faith breaking which frequently involves kidnapping, forcible restraint, food and sleep deprivation, assault, battery and rape. These same people refuse to even allow Church representatives to show them the true information about Scientology or engage in any form of meaningful dialogue whatsoever.
Millions of Scientologists from literally all walks of life have attested to the positive benefits received from their religion. A common theme to their personal success stories is that they are now more in control of their lives than they ever have been.
Then, too, L. Ron Hubbard was one of the first to discover and expose actual mind control and brainwashing experimentation conducted by United States military and intelligence agencies during and after World War II. He called these techniques “pain-drug-hypnosis.”
In his 1951 book, Science of Survival, he wrote:
“There is another form of hypnotism ... This form of hypnotism has been a carefully guarded secret of certain military and intelligence organizations. It is a vicious war weapon and may be of considerably more use in conquering a society than the atomic bomb. This is no exaggeration. The extensiveness of the use of this form of hypnotism in espionage work is so wide today that it is long past the time when people should have become alarmed about it. It required Dianetics processing to uncover pain-drug-hypnosis. Otherwise, pain-drug-hypnosis was out of sight, unsuspected, and unknown.”
Not only did Mr. Hubbard uncover and expose such blatantly destructive experimentation, but the technology he developed, Dianetics, can undo the effects of pain-drug-hypnosis and free a person from the grip of mind control.
Years after Mr. Hubbard learned of and exposed these government-sponsored psychiatric mind control experiments, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act detailed the extent to which these techniques were being used—many of them on unwitting citizens. Release of these documents also resulted in Congressional investigations and actions to ensure necessary safeguards were established to prevent the recurrence of such abuses.
Is Scientology like hypnotism, meditation, psychotherapy, or other mental therapies?