Mormonism and Scientology do not have much in common besides their strange beliefs in very different strange things like magic underwear or aliens in volcanoes. But the one thing they have in common in abundance is their leaders were both massive frauds. I don’t want to delve to much into Joseph Smith except to say that his fraud lead to his timely death by a mob of angry townspeople.
L.Ron on the other hand didn’t get killed by an angry mob, but he was noted as a fraud in multiple countries like the UK and France. Interestingly last year the Cult of Scientology got convicted for fraud a second time (that I know of) for fraud in France, guess fools never learn. But hey lets not trust the governments and lawyers lets look what L.Ron himself said and decide if this science fiction writer was a fraud. I will give my thoughts at the end. What follows are real quotes from L.Ron Hubbard.
"Foolishly perhaps, but determined none the less, I have high hopes of smashing my name into history so violently that it will take a legendary form even if all books are destroyed."
"You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion."
"The only way you can control people is to lie to them. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them."
"Leukemia is evidently psychosomatic in origin and at least eight cases
of leukemia had been treated successfully by Dianetics after medicine
had traditionally given up. The source of leukemia has been reported to
be an engram containing the phrase 'It turns my blood to water.'"
"When somebody enrolls, consider he or she has joined up for the duration
of the universe — never permit an "open-minded" approach... If they
enrolled, they're aboard, and if they're aboard they're here on the same
terms as the rest of us — win or die in the attempt. Never let them be
half minded about being Scientologists. ... When Mrs. Pattycake comes to
us to be taught, turn that wandering doubt in her eye into a fixed,
dedicated glare. ... The proper instruction attitude is, "We'd rather
have you dead than incapable."
If you read these comments and have read Dianetics and you still think L.Ron was a good honest man.....you need therapy. This man was a liar and a fraud who in my opinion got in to deep and could not get out without serious repercussions, but the fact is he created a religion based on science fiction to make money and that’s all there is to it.