What does the Church of Scientology believe about Freedom of Speech?
The Creed of the Church of Scientology says, in part:
We of the Church believe:
That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others;
The Church of Scientology strongly supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.
The Declaration says, in part:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Scientologists, naturally, agree with the Church of Scientology in its support of this Declaration and the principle of Freedom of Speech.
Hubbard often made quite critical remarks about other religions. He had a very low opinion of most religions and was not shy about expressing this. Many members of those religions have been extremely insulted by Hubbard’s comments, but it cannot be denied that it was his right to have those opinions and to express them.
Anyone who supports Freedom of Speech would agree that people should not be punished for having and expressing opinions, whatever they are. Even if those opinions do not agree with the Church of Scientology. Even if those opinions are critical of Scientology.
Is this not reasonable and proper?
Is this not Freedom of Speech?
Is this not what the Church of Scientology and all Scientologists say, in no uncertain terms, that they believe?
So, why does the Church of Scientology declare everyone who dares to criticize the church an “enemy” of the church, a “suppressive person” who may be “lied to, tricked, injured, or destroyed.”
Why does the Church of Scientology carry out a systematic plan to silence and, ultimately, destroy its critics? Why does it secretly try to frame its critics for crimes they did not commit? Why does it work hard to sue them to bankruptcy on questionable grounds? Why is the church’s biggest expenditure, by far, for lawyers and private investigators–who are assigned the job of tracking down and silencing critics?
The church’s Creed “to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely” is equivalent to the Declaration’s “without interference“. And that concept is exactly the opposite of what the church does. The Church of Scientology seriously interferes with these freedoms as a matter of policy!
No, the Church of Scientology does not support Freedom of Speech. The Church of Scientology attacks Freedom of Speech every single day!