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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-05 01:52 PM
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Phil Spickler, Mimi Rogers' dad, former Scientologist, on L. Ron Hubbard
http://www.radaronline.com/fresh-intelligence/2005/06/2...

Scientologys Catholic Guilt

Before Katie Holmes devoutly Catholic parents officially sign their daughter over to the Church of Scientology, they might want to get in touch with Philip J. Spickler. One of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbards original disciples, Spickler is the father of Mimi Rogers, Tom Cruises first wife and the person responsible for recruiting him into the cult in the mid-80s.

Like his daughterwho, at her most pious, worked for the Church full-timeSpickler has since left Scientology. Unlike his daughterwho spent last week on the talk-show circuit spinning her exs increasingly unhinged behaviorhe has quite a bit to say about the sect.

Of particular note to Martin and Kathleen Holmes might be Spicklers firsthand account of L. Ron Hubbards virulent anti-Catholicism. Although Scientology publicly portrays itself as compatible with Christianity, in one of a series of emails he has written to friends and associates since his defection, Spickler writes that Hubbard often referred to the Pope as Dr. Pious, and the priests as his witchwater boys.

In addition, Spickler writes, Hubbard ironically dismissed Catholicism as a very successful operation to control the spirit, minds, and bodies of those who fell under its thrall before they attained an age where they could reason and discriminate and choose for themselves. Unfortunately, the ex-Scientologist could not be reached by press time for his perspective on the newly affianced couple, and a rep for Rogerswho traded her cult membership for a prominent seat on the celebrity poker circuitdid not return calls for comment.

http://www.radaronline.com/fresh-intelligence/2005/06/2...

Hubbard in 1973:

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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-05 01:55 PM
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1. I had no idea who L. Ron Hubbard was or what Scientology was until...
I started doing some programming work for an orthodontist. He made me buy the book and I don't think I ever read it. After hearing his "philosophy" it was all I needed to know that I didn't want to read it. It came off sounding like the Amway of religions.
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freedomburn Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-05 02:04 PM
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3. "The Amway of Religions" that's so perfect. It fits
and it fits very well from all I have read.

And damnnn!

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That is one UGLY dude.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-05 02:04 PM
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2. Ah, I knew there was a reason for my apprehension about Mimi....nt
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-05 02:10 PM
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4. "The man on the cross? There was no Christ" - L. Ron Hubbard
Edited on Mon Jun-27-05 02:10 PM by ET Awful
Yup, that's a direct quote.

Contrary to his assertions, Scientology and Christianity (or any other religion for that matter) are not compatible.
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-05 02:13 PM
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5. Yes, and that's not even the worst of it.
All of the "leave Tom Cruise the fuck alone" folks on DU owe it to themselves to read OT VIII, in which Hubbard revealed who he was, why he was here, and how he'll be coming back.

http://www.lermanet.com/cisar/russia/ot8.htm
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