You may think you know the basic facts about L. Ron Hubbard. And you probably do have a general idea of Scientology history. In fact, there's a good chance you've seen a documentary or two, because they're so damn fascinating. But some of the frightening things L. Ron Hubbard did haven't gotten mainstream media coverage. Part of this is because Hubbard died in 1986 and the new leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, gets a lot more attention. But that doesn't mean we should forget just how scary L. Ron Hubbard could be.
Egotist, racist, music destroyer, this list of L. Ron Hubbard facts will make you see just how terrible he is, in a really well-rounded way. Because it wasn't just Scientology; he was just a really f*cked up dude. Keep reading to learn more about the man some have accused of starting one of the most prominent cults in history.
Prevented People from Getting Psychiatric Help
Hubbard's second wife, Sara, once accused him of being a paranoid schizophrenic, and that incident sparked one of the major tenets of Scientology: no psychiatric treatment. Ever. No talk therapy, no medication, no professional help in any capacity at all. But this means that people who are in desperate need of mental health treatment don't receive it. A former Scientologist told Vice how the church handles those who are mentally ill:
L. Ron Hubbard said when people are in this state, you take them somewhere quiet and try to keep them calm until they straighten out. But if you want to make someone feel like they’re nothing, just ignore them.
This has caused some tragic incidents that could have been avoided if the perpetrators were given proper treatment. Elli Perkins was murdered in 2003, stabbed by her son Jeremy over 70 times. Jeremy was a schizophrenic but, because his parents were Scientologists, he was never diagnosed. After the murder, he told a psychologist, "My mom, I thought she was out to get me. Like sometimes she'd be totally normal and then she'd have that face again."
Kept People from Getting Medication While Popping Pills
L. Ron Hubbard's drug use is a classic example of his hypocrisy. Despite insisting on clean living and even prohibiting followers from taking necessary medication, Hubbard loved to party. Ronald DeWolf, L. Ron Hubbard's son, told the News-Herald that his father took amphetamines, hallucinogens, and cocaine. In fact, Hubbard himself said in a letter to his wife, “I’m drinking lots of rum and popping pinks and greys."
Created the 'Disconnection' Policy
You've probably heard of Scientology ripping families apart, but it's not just a matter of one person believing and another not. It's actually a church policy instated by Hubbard called "disconnection," where you stop communication with "suppressive persons," or dissenters against the Church.
Hubbard stated, "If one has the right to communicate, then one must also have the right to not receive communication from another. It is this latter corollary of the right to communicate that gives us our right to privacy."
There are two things evident from that statement: Firstly, Hubbard is not great at logical reasoning. Secondly, he's not telling you the whole story. While the Scientology website says that this is not a mandatory policy, numerous reports on the Church show forced disconnection and isolation. In fact, one internal document reads:
To fail or refuse to disconnect from a suppressive person not only denies the PTS(person connected to a Suppressive Person) case gain, it is also supportive of the suppressive – in itself a Suppressive Act. And it must be so labeled.
Created the 'Fair Game' Policy
Established by Hubbard in the 1950s, the "Fair Game" policy one of the most virulent of the Church's policies. Anyone who speaks out against the church or any "Suppressive Persons" - "anti-social people who want to destroy anything that benefits humanity"- are open to any level or means of harassment by the church. Of course, they don't describe it that way. The basic idea of the Fair Game policy is that those people are no longer entitled to protection by the church:
By FAIR GAME is meant, may not be further protected by the codes and disciplines of Scientology or the rights of a Scientologist.
The families and adherents of Suppressive Persons or Groups may not receive processing. It does not matter whether they are or are not Scientologists. If the families or adherents of Suppressive Persons or Groups are processed, any auditor doing so is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The reality is much more sinister. The harassment can be intense and debilitating. In fact, when asked about the scariest part of the Church, former Scientologist Leah Remini said in a Reddit AMA, "I would say the 'church's' Fair Game policy, and how they systematically go after anyone who publicly speaks out against them. Anyone who speaks out against the 'church' is seen as an enemy."