|HCO Info Letter: Terror Stalks|
Hubbard announces his findings as to why Scientology is fought. Dispenses with all criticism of him personally to ignorance. Says brainwashing was introduced by the Russians, with no protest from the US or UK. Says that the protests against Dianetics and Scientology boil down to peoples' terror about Scientology's postulates (intentions.) Gives the solution to this terror: ask people why they are terrified about Scientology.
HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICEBPI
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO INFORMATION LETTER OF 13 APRIL 1961
Until May, 1950 I received only favorable publicity—on expeditions or comings or goings. In May 1950 there was a concerted shriek from people who (a) had not read the books and (b) who knew nothing bad about me. These howls came from both conservative and liberal groups alike—the AMA—the commies, the Socialists, the Roman Catholics.
Thus we can rule the following facts out of all the protests and "bad publicity" of the past eleven years:
1. That it stems from any knowledge of the subject;
2. That it is a concerted effort by any one group; and
3. That it is based on any knowledge of myself.
And now let us look further:
6. Many truly dangerous practices have risen up amongst man such as a
new Indian version of whirling dervishism now rampant in England;
7. Brainwashing was introduced in the past eleven years by the Russians;
8. A dozen violent and harmful psychiatric treatments have been developed.
And no sustained protest has continued to be made in the press against these. Indeed the US government adopted brainwashing calmly and the British government and people of the US have accepted new psychiatric treatments, organizations and propaganda without real protest.
Looking at all these things, then it would seem that protests against Dianetics and Scientology do not stem from a knowledge of myself, they do not stem from a knowledge of the substance of the work, they do not stem from conservative or liberal groups and they are not a protest against philosophy, philosophers, or evil practices, and they are not an effort to protect the public.
If you look this over with cold dispassion, examine it thoroughly from the light of the facts, only one explanation seems to remain.
They are terrified of our postulates!
This analysis places a fantastic dissemination weapon in our hands. The
terror in the protest is obvious since it is misemotional and is not based on
To any attack by anyone, we can reply, "Why are you terrified of Scientology?" or "Why are you afraid of Hubbard?" or "Why are you frightened of Scientologists?" For plainly this is the case. People don't even know we reach for withholds— yet terror! Protest! Screams!
Now I'll admit to having plied philosophy before within the whole track memory of Earth dwellers. Harm did not result. But evil was destroyed. And I'll admit that evil men sense the germs of their own destruction.
But, of this we are certain, We inspire terror in some men. "Why are you terrified of Scientology?" is the best answer, it as-ises the condition.
— L. Ron Hubbard
HCO Information Letter 13 April 1961 Terror Stalks pdf
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