Leah Remini revealed today that she left Scientology because it is a religion of lies and she wanted to protect her daughter from the type of life she had growing up in a roach-infested apartment provided by the church. She is not the first ex-Scientologist who attempted to escape what some might classify as the pure insanity of the man behind the movement: L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology has been reaching out to, and conning, celebrities for many years, and L. Ron Hubbard himself was diagnosed multiple times with severe mental illnesses, according to the non-fiction book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.
After reading Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright’s portrayal of Hubbard in Going Clear, it appears that Hubbard was a dynamic leader, but he was also a charlatan, a bully and an abuser who suffered from narcissistic personality disorder and, quite possibly, schizophrenia. It is alleged that he used brain washing techniques on his subjects, cheated on his wives, and beat his children. He had a tumultuous relationship with his son, Quentin, who was gay and who was subsequently found unconscious and naked in a parking lot, then died two weeks later under mysterious circumstances. When Hubbard heard the news, he screamed “That stupid f*****g kid! Look what he’s done to me!”
Hubbard was obviously a deeply troubled man with anything but a stable family. He was married three times and was alleged to have tormented his family both physically and psychologically. Hubbard had no formal training in any mental health discipline, yet he touted his first book, Dianetics, as a guide to achieving robust mental health and happiness. Hubbard often made false claims about himself and his accomplishments, most notably; he claimed to be a nuclear physicist. In reality, he only studied nuclear physics very briefly, and he failed the class. One web commenter says of Hubbard:
Hubbard was a petty thief; a wife beater; and sociopath; a drug-addicted, rum besotted schizophrenic who once begged the United States government for psychiatric help but was ignored, to the detriment of his many victims. One FBI agent wrote of Hubbard, “appears mental,” which is a short and accurate summation of Mr. Hubbard.
Still, despite his many shortcomings and possible insanity, and before his followers figured out how to swindle celebs like Leah Remini, L. Ron Hubbard managed to build a religious empire and realize great financial gain through his implementation of “auditing” classes. After he died, his followers carried on his efforts and managed to woo several major celebrities into the fold, including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirsty Alley, Leah Remini and others. Early on, Scientology leaders set up “celebrity centers” where high profile actors and actresses could spend their hard earned money learning how to clear themselves of what Hubbard called, (and what Scientology still continues to call) “body thetans.”
Before Hubbard fabricated Scientology, he was a science fiction writer, making pennies per word to craft pulp paperbacks and magazine articles. In fact, he wrote Battlefield Earth which was later made into a dreadful film by Scientology disciple John Travolta. The plot of the book is quite similar to the actual beliefs of Scientology, but no Scientologists seem to have caught on to the fact that their religion is based on a fictional book. Scientologists believe that all humans are possessed by alien beings called “body thetans” who traveled to earth from another planet, which was ruled by an evil overlord named Xenu. Xenu’s planet was over populated, so he froze thousands of inhabitants and put them on intergalactic vehicles. The pilots unloaded the aliens into active volcanoes located in Hawaii. The aliens all died when they came in contact with the lava, but their souls did not. Their souls were ejected out of the volcanoes and were then collected by Xenu via a large machine, and brainwashed. He then sent the souls back to earth, where they eventually made their way into human bodies. It is these alien “body thetans” that make humans feel emotionally unstable. The process of “going clear” involves getting rid of these thetans through a complex process that costs a lot of money.
Leah Remini had the unfortunate experience of growing up in the Church of Scientology, and she caused quite a commotion last year when she announced her departure. She reports that several Scientology friends she had have turned their backs on her, but she’s glad to be out of the church for her daughter’s sake. Revealing what lies behind the insanity of L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology may inspire other celebs to leave the fold, and to save their money.
An Editorial By: Rebecca Savastio
Book: Going Clear, Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.