The Power of the Word

Scientology’s unique manipulations of language seduced the novelist Sands Hall and kept her bound to the church. Michael Friedrich The Nation April 12, 2018 In 1986, after years of illness, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard died, leaving the church to his key deputy, David Miscavige. Under its new leader, Scientology changed its image dramatically: Hubbard’s ...

A Mother’s Heartbreak: How Scientology Destroyed My Family

A Mother’s Heartbreak: How Scientology Destroyed My Family
“In this gut-wrenching story of anxiety, loss and steadfast love, the author shares her personal struggle to regain her relationship with her children severed by the Disconnection Policy of the church of Scientology.” “As she discovered, she is not alone in her sad circumstance. Many other families have fallen victim to the manipulative powers of ...

Scientology and Its Discontents

October 2, 2011 Scott Lauder, Hulton Archive, Getty Images In 1968, L. Ron Hubbard used his Electrometer to determine whether tomatoes experience pain. He concluded that they “scream when sliced.” Enlarge Image By Seth Perry This past spring, in a course I called “American Scriptures,” my students and I listened to excerpts of a recording ...