Revisiting the C word . I realized after writing Propaganda by Reversal of Meaning in Scientology http://mbnest.blogspot.com/201... that with a simple innocent seeming phrase Ron Hubbard and the Scientology cult gain a tremendous influence on entire populations .
By calling something its exact factual opposite Hubbard( via a method he learned from Orwell's 1984 ) can obfuscate( hide the truth ) regarding certain terms and concepts and more importantly the reality they describe .
First take the word Scientology - created earlier to mean an unthinking devotion to a doctrine . The word serves as a confusion inducing contradiction in itself . It SOUNDS like "science" combined with "technology" to create a doubly scientific seeming term - like an engineering with observation and testing and validation by observation backed by theoretical consistency - a super science if you will. Okay , keep that concept that the term by its construction implies.
Now Hubbard knows this and is careful to , for a time , push the subject as completely scientific and developed by scientific methodology - even going to tremendous rhetorical methods via KSW and throughout Scientology doctrine to equate the terms Scientology and technology .He cleverly later has Scientology ,this most scientific sounding of terms ,redefined as a religion - the exact opposite of a science !
The term is meant to confuse and remain undefinable forever . Hubbard even adds the " applied religious philosophy " definition to further confuse the issue . All religions fit that if you really examine it. They all are applied in some way and include philosophy .
Okay , so the term Scientology alone is meant to confuse thoroughly .Now whether a group believes in spirits or God or Gods has no bearing on if a group is a cult or not . Cults are abusive groups that exercise so high a level of control over their members that it reaches an extreme definable level . Cults - regardless of spiritual beliefs or not-try to control all or nearly all of the decision making of their members who take on the role of victims/slaves .
The cult leader or founder takes on the role of an abuser/slave master/power holder .To the degree a cult succeeds in establishing this dominant control it can be said to be a hypnotic relationship where the master's will supplants the victims . When this is fully achieved the victim in fact has their own identity suppressed and replaced by the master's ( as they perceive it in their mind ).
So , I want that idea that a cult is a group of any kind that practices totalism - completely acting to control all thought , emotion and action by its victims - to be perfectly clear .
A religion is a group that has spiritual beliefs that may include spirits or God or Gods and similar concepts . Almost everyone knows this as what a religion is . People get the meaning of religion . They do not get what a cult is . Just because no one took the time to explain it .
So when you call something a church you , whether you mean to or not , are telling them it is a religion . And if it is in fact a cult you are hiding that and helping Scientology hide it too.
So when you use the phrase " Church of Scientology " you are giving a pile of implications and contradictions and lies that help the cult tremendously .Hubbard knew by calling things their exact opposite you could confuse people . That phrase has it several times and baffles many as they assume falsely that Scientology is just a new or kooky or small religion ; so that is why it gets "picked on " . Also the scientific sounding name contradicts religion TOO for another level of perplexing complexity .
The effect this creates in many people's minds - maybe most- is sufficient cognitive dissonance and discomfort that they simply avoid Scientology as bizarre or baffling and this complete rejection takes the subject and dissonance away . This helps the cult as being hidden is needed to avoid social regulation and responsibility.As a cult's actions are deplorable crimes they MUST avoid close examination .
This is why the terms religion , church , ecclesiastical, and anything similar should always be avoided . If you cannot use and thoroughly define cult and totalism then use a neutral term like group . If you say Scientology , if you can , explain it intentionally seems scientific but has no scientific methodology or validation .
If someone cannot get past the religion idea simply say a group cannot hide crimes behind saying " I have religious beliefs and COULD be discriminated against , so learn ALL my beliefs and completely DISPROVE that before you LOOK at me - or you are a bigot ! " That is the red herring filled position the Scientology cult uses . Oh , and they neglect to mention that Scientology has a reported thirty five million words of doctrine !! Good luck on a quick study brush up !
So , all of that perplexing misdirection is why I try to always call Scientology a cult - and it is routinely seen as the very highest control group ever by academics . I will attempt to explain some of the reasons for that in another post .