The Church of Scientology is known for making quite grandiose claims for their technology. According to their press releases and statements, every single thing produced by L. Ron Hubbard or David Miscavige is the best thing, ever!
Sometimes they include intentionally vague statements. Here is an example as noted on studytech.org:
In New Zealand, students in a girls school showed an increase of twelve IQ points on the Otis Lennon Mental Ability Test after completing a course based on Mr. Hubbard’s learning methods.
As pointed out in the careful analysis on that site, the “proof” is carefully worded so that it cannot be verified. Which school? Which students? When? What were the parameters, what were the checks and processes of verification? Nothing can be verified.
However, most times, the church’s bare-faced claims just hang out there in their press releases, unsubstantiated, unverified, unprovable.
- “Scientology works!”
- “People are helped!”
- “The community has benefited … !”
- “Scientology was honored … !”
- “People welcomed Scientology … !”
- “Ten million Scientologists … !”
- “100,000 Volunteer Ministers … !”
- “Effective drug solutions … !”
And, we have to ask, “Why is all proof for the church’s claims missing?”
Why doesn’t the Church of Scientology just go ahead and provide the proof. They claim their technology is so fantastic; they claim Hubbard used “scientific principles” in developing Scientology; they claim they have many “case studies”; they claim the results are 100% attainable by anyone; they claim all those fantastic results and benefits are verifiable. Well, they must have some proof of this. They wouldn’t make such sweeping claims if it weren’t true, would they?
This, by the way, is one of the primary benefits of cloaking Scientology as a religion, they don’t have to toe the line on the “false advertising” laws. They can claim a whole lot of blue sky things without having to actually produce those results.
They never, ever, ever provide any proof of anything they say. Now, isn’t that odd? (Yes, that was tongue-in-cheek.)
Now, of course, this isn’t about some person’s individual, spiritual, now-I-feel-wonderful sensation after something Scientological. That’s personal belief and, by definition, unprovable. If someone believes they had that kind of result, well, that’s fine, and it’s not what we’re talking about.
We’re talking about the Church of Scientology’s fantastic claims about Hubbard’s Study Tech. We’re talking about their claims for Hubbard’s “Way to Happiness” booklet. We’re talking about their claims for Narconon and Hubbard’s detoxification “Purification Rundown” and we’re talking about so many more of the church’s “We’re saving the world!” claims.
We’re talking about all those claims that have no proof!
There are some stories about this.
A number of years ago, when I was safely in the bosom of the church, we were electrified by some “confidential news” (accompanied with, of course, a request for more money). The church was setting up a real, independent, scientific study of the Purification Rundown! This would definitively prove to all those doubting critics that Hubbard’s Purification Rundown really works! Oh, yes, this would do it!
Months passed. Then more months. Then we forgot all about it. It was only after I left the bubble that I heard what happened. The story is that the real, independent, scientific study actually had been done. And the results had shown, without any doubt, that Hubbard’s Purification Rundown simply did not work!
Mind you, the church didn’t stop selling the Purification Rundown. They didn’t stop claiming that it amazingly detoxified people. It is still mandatory for all Scientologists who want to go “up the Bridge”, even when their very own scientific proof says it doesn’t work.
There is another rumor of a “highly confidential” and expensive expedition to “clear Hubbard’s good name.” Hubbard had claimed to have sunk two Japanese subs off the U.S. West Coast during World War II. An official inquiry at the time found that there were no submarines and that Hubbard had made a major and embarrassing mistake. The story is that the Church of Scientology mounted a secret expedition, armed with the very latest technology, to locate the remains of those subs and vindicate their founder. But, as hard as they tried, the expedition found absolutely no proof. Big oops! These results have been kept secret because what they did end up proving was that Hubbard was incompetent! Super big oops!
And so it goes. Every time the church tries to create real, independent, verifiable, scientific proof, they fail. Worse, they end up proving the opposite of what they claimed! You’d think they would get the idea and, at least, scale back a bit on their grandiose claims. You’d think.
But, no. They can’t produce any evidence that their claims are at all valid so … they fake it! They continue with their broad, sweeping, bloated claims, carefully worded to imply there is proof, but never, ever, ever providing any.
Only a Scientologist, trained to never question, trained to never look, trained to ignore any contradictions, is consistently fooled by these church pronouncements.
The well-substantiated proofs of the Church of Scientology’s lies, crimes, abuses and fraud exist all over the Internet.
The claims of the Church of Scientology’s vast benefits are also spread widely by the church, but what is blatantly missing is any Church of Scientology proof of their claims!