20 grunner til at Scientologikirken er en kult og svindelaffære

Scientologikirkens advokat Eric M. Lieberman skrev et langt brev til to av TV-kanalen HBOs advokater, hvor han hevder at boka dokumentarfilmen Going Clear er basert på, Lawrence Wrights bok med samme navn, er basert på en fundamental løgn: at Scientologikirken er en kult og en svindelaffære.

En av Tony Ortegas faste bidragsytere, Jeffrey Augustine, dissekerer Liebermans brev og lister opp 20 grunner til at Scientologikirken nettopp er en kult og pur svindel: Guest post: 20 reasons the Church of Scientology is a cult and a fraud

Her er de fire første punktene:

1. Cult: The hallmark of a cult is that one person — the cult leader — has all the power and complete control of the money. David Miscavige is a cult leader who has all the power and complete control of the money. This was true of founder L. Ron Hubbard when he was alive.
2. Cult: There are no internal checks and balances on David Miscavige’s power.
3. Fraud: David Miscavige was never elected by Scientologists to lead the Church of Scientology. Rather, Miscavige is a dictator who clawed his way to power in a series of purges.
4. Fraud: The form of Church governance represented to the IRS in Scientology’s 1023 application was a fraud. The Scientology boards and directors represented to the IRS are rubber stamps without any actual power.