"If Scientology were not a scam" I originally posted this title on alt.religion.scientology, but I feel it has some relevance here now. Comments and expansion of the theme are welcomed by those who have the correct info. ************************** If Scientology were not a scam how would they behave? What would be their modus operandi? Here is a first batch of indicators that contrast the PR with the reality; 1. CURRENTLY Scientology charges people to train to audit. This penalizes a person who is productive unfairly. If it were not a scam it would PAY people to train to audit, whoever they are wherever they want to audit. They would validate the activity which, apparently, is the most important one to achieve their purposes. 2. CURRENTLY Scientology asks for donations to finance wars on psychologists. psychiatrists, and all of which are conflicts CREATED by Scientology. If it were not a scam it would rekindle its sub-goal of eliminating war and stop creating constant conflicts with people who are going about their own business. It would take measures to first and foremost prevent the eruption of its very own group's wars, insanity, crime and sicknesses before attempting to do that on non-Scientologists and groups outside its own walls. 3. CURRENTLY Scientology pays tens of millions of dollars per year to lawyers to indulge in usless litigation which they often have to settle anyway (in order to increase their fees as the more they keep up conflicts the more they receive). This is validation of a down statistic. If it were not a scam they would pay these millions of dollars to its Sea Org members, staff and solo auditors to audit, audit, audit. They are the ones furthering Scns purposes, not lawyers or OSA's manufactured chaos. The biggest "Merchnt of Chaos" is OSA. (Office of Special Affairs, Scientology's own CIA) 4. CURRENTLY Scientology has a management strata that lies, has committed financial and business crimes and hides the money flows from its own membership. If it were not a scam management would be genuinely honest, transparent, helpful and sincere and money flows and usage would be known by members, specially those who donate the funds. If celebrities knew what their huge donations actually purchased I think that they would be shocked beyond belief. 5. CURRENTLY Scientology encourages new public to join, donate, comply, "go up the Bridge", "go OT" when they know full well that the promises of OT powers are not there to be delivered, per all past stats. I went as "OT" as you can get (New OT 8 !!! woweeeee ; )) and I never witnessed any OT powers happening anywhere anytime such as the ones advertised in the old "Advance" magazines. If it were not a scam it would stop advertising things that it can not deliver and advertise some more realistic services, not more. 6. CURRENTLY Scientology uses celebrities like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and other similar personalities to use star-power to recruit new members and to give "Public Relations" sound bytes ingeneral. The P.R is verbal. If it were not a scam it would show Scn results on real prosperity of all its members, how friendly and compassionate a "Homo Novis" could be, and OT powers BY EXAMPLE, EXAMPLE AND MORE EXAMPLE,...not just words in thin air to cover up an empty andfactually mean-spirited cult mindset. 7. CURRENTLY Scientology's own membership is misled as to the actual non-expansion of the group. Glowing false reports at events and standard hackneyed one-liner PR phrases such as "Scientology is the fastest expanding religion in the world"" (I heard this just the other day at a Scn street booth!)keep members, including its celebrities, blind to the truth. If it were not a scam its members woud be openly shown the truth so they could act in accordance. OSA PR's time, place form and events data would actually be accurate and up-to-date. They might actually be able to get some expansion if they knew the truth and acted accordingly. 8. CURRENTLY Scientology excludes God from its teachings, yet calls itself a religion. God gets a passing mention and Hubbards touts HIMSELF as "Source", taking God's place. Hubbard wrote a book "Hymn of Asia" designed to give the (false) impression that HE was the long-awaited "Messiah". It also says that ANY OTHER RELIGION WHATSOEVER IS INVALID, INCLUDING CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM, EASTERN RELIGIONS, MORMONISM, ETC. It clearly states that Scientology is the ONLY way to Freedom, not God or any other religion. If it were not a scam God would be included as more than a passing mention if Scientolgy wants to actuall BE a religion. If it were not a scam Scientology would stop touting a fraud like Hubbard as the "Messiah". It would also grant beingness to any positive spiritual endeavor, as would that not be aligned with its stated goals?? 9. CURRENTLY Scientology attacks, belittles, denigrates, harasses, fair-game-attacks and even litigates (with huge abuse of process) to total financial and social ruin any ex-members who are vocal in exposing the scam. I am one of those, and have been since I left the cult in 1997. If it were not a scam there would be no such people to be in conflict with. The presence of alt.religion.scientology internet newsgroup and other mainline websites like lermanet.com, xenu.net, etc. are a direct and steadfast symbols and result of the scam in action. Thank you to Google.com for archiving it all for the protection of generations to come. The 1,000,000+ postings on a.r.s. Google groups archives about Scientology are the direct result of Scientology's lack of result. 10. CURRENTLY I, and many, many thousands of former very able and extremely devoted Scientologists are permanently estranged and alienated from Scientology. I certainly have no desire whatsoever to return to the cult. If it were not a scam we would all be delighted. If it were not a scam we would still be in it. I do not expect Scientology management to read and correct its behaviors as a result of this posting. I believe they are way too far gone to ever self-inspect or self-correct. If they are, however,somehow replaced (as they did to the former managaement group) maybe some improvement might occur for current members? This posting might, however, be useful in giving a reality check to some people who may be thinking of devoting time, money, efforts etc.. to going across a "Bridge To Total Freedom" which is really the "Pier to Total Flotsam". It may also save some families from being destroyed, some permamently. I invite other people who know the real score, and who are sincere, to post further examples such as the above...maybe about families, money, brainwashing, e-meters, reactive mind, OSA front-groups, etc... and many more I have not remembered as yet. Michael.