Scientology Commits Fraud; No One Is Surprised

Ian-Fortey by Ian-Fortey on May. 13, 2013

It’s been a few years since the major backlash against the Church of Scientology began and the last really big story was about how Katie Holmes escaped with her daughter.  It’s funny that we live in a world in which a woman has to “escape” from a religion and her fanatical husband with the use of secret, untraceable cellphones and the assistance of friends to take her across the country and nothing is really done about it, but here we are.

Scientology is criticized constantly, and around the globe, for being a cult.  For numerous frauds, for stealing money, for waging campaigns of harassment, for treating regular people as slaves while they glorify their celebrity adherents and also for just being silly ass and believing in the goofy science fiction theories of a mediocre author who created a fake religion as a tax haven.  But nevermind that.  We all saw the Anonymous protests, the debacle that was Battlefield: Earth, the mental breakdown of Tom Cruise and some of us have read the articles about how Scientology isn’t even allowed to operate in European countries, how they’ve been prosecuted for felonies in numerous countries and how they routinely harass and seek to destroy any naysayers.

In a twist that surprises no one, there’s news out of Georgia that a Narconon facility, Scientology’s drug rehab program that has been described by various sources as “unsafe” and “quackery,” has engaged in massive, massive insurance fraud.  Which is to say no, Narconon probably can’t help you get off drugs except by making you go broke so you can’t afford any more drugs.

The facility in Georgia was just raided by cops and a ton of files were seized allegedly showing the facility had routinely overbilled insurance companies and doctors, some of whom never even saw the patients they were billed for.  Allegedly.  I say that so we don’t get sued.  Scientology loves to sue people (allegedly).

Scientology has tax exempt status in the US and that has basically allowed them to run hog wild.  The US government basically grew tired of dealing with them and gave up.  Scientology waged a war against the IRS, even hiring investigators to dig into the lives of IRS agents.  The leader of the Chuch had an unscheduled meeting with the head of the IRS in private and shortly thereafter, after denying tax exempt status to Scientology for 25 years, the IRS changed its mind.  What happened in the meeting?  No one has ever been told.  But it worked.  In the US, anyway.  They can’t pull that crap in Germany where Scientology is little more than a cult.

Given what everyone already knows about Scientology, and this latest crap with Narconon, we have to wonder why this organization is still tolerated.  Is it just that they’re dug in like ticks at this point so there’s no getting rid of them?  Is it that everyone loves Tom Cruise and really wants a sequel to his 1985 unicorn epic Legend?  Is it because the evil space monster Xenu is going to throw us all in volcanoes full of atom bombs and only John Travolta can save us?  We may never know.

Whatever the reason we tolerate Scientology’s continued presence it’s worth asking yourself would any other organization be allowed to operate in this fashion?  If Old Navy forced its employees to sign billion year contracts would anyone apply for jobs there?  If Wendy’s forced employees to sever contact with relatives who left the restaurant, wouldn’t someone contact their local comptroller or some such?  If the Amish spied on the Canadian government and were convicted of such by the government of Canada, would you wonder what the hell was wrong with the Amish?  Scientology does all of this stuff (allegedly, except that last one.  They really did get convicted of spying on the Canadian government).  They do it so often that when you hear about their drug rehab program committing fraud, you probably barely bat an eye and are not surprised.  But shouldn’t you be? 

If this was a mosque-run program we’d be outraged.  If it was a Catholic-backed program it would be a huge scandal.  Scientology is so good at being wrong, and so routinely does what they should not do, they’ve made us grow accustomed to it.  Is that normal?

81 comments
jackburton420
jackburton420 User

If every religion has a dark side component, ie Christianity/Satanism, then why has no one started the Imperial Temple of Xenu and began teaching the power of the darkside of thetans and the eventual release of our sovereign Galactic Emperor.

jackburton420
jackburton420

If every religion has a dark side component, ie Christianity/Satanism, then why has no one started the Imperial Temple of Xenu and began teaching the power of the darkside of thetans and the eventual release of our sovereign Galactic Emperor.

treyert
treyert User

Scientologists are brainwashed idiots with too much money and too little brains. However, they will pay eventually. No, not in Hell that also does not exist. They will overstretch and become a pain in the Federal butt and then they will be burned down like Waco compound, for their own safety. And I'll like it this time around!

treyert
treyert

Scientologists are brainwashed idiots with too much money and too little brains. However, they will pay eventually. No, not in Hell that also does not exist. They will overstretch and become a pain in the Federal butt and then they will be burned down like Waco compound, for their own safety. And I'll like it this time around!

apefrommars
apefrommars User

I love it how people flip out when they hear about a very successful pyramid scheme, but they don't realize all religious organizations are just that in one way or another. The smart one always herds the sheep.

apefrommars
apefrommars

I love it how people flip out when they hear about a very successful pyramid scheme, but they don't realize all religious organizations are just that in one way or another. The smart one always herds the sheep.

assclowninyoface
assclowninyoface User

y'all are just jealous you can't afford 100's of hours of auditing... scientology promotes self-health, explains many of the pitfalls of modern society, and gives hope to many. Don't hate until you've tried it. peace :)

assclowninyoface
assclowninyoface

y'all are just jealous you can't afford 100's of hours of auditing... scientology promotes self-health, explains many of the pitfalls of modern society, and gives hope to many. Don't hate until you've tried it. peace :)

lillyandra
lillyandra User

Religions are all about bilking money out of people to make fancier buildings to attract more money yada yada yada.

lillyandra
lillyandra

Religions are all about bilking money out of people to make fancier buildings to attract more money yada yada yada.

Tony-Stark-613
Tony-Stark-613

Out here in Miami this cult would not stop sending me harassing mail to my house, until I recorded the phone conversation stating that the mail that was being sent to my house was harassing. I have also been under harassment to join them. They are micro-chipping selected targets to electronically harass them until they join and give up their "worldly possessions." This is a criminal organization!

doggin6
doggin6 User

theres no other way to put it.... religion is the root of all evil. always has been, always will be.

doggin6
doggin6

theres no other way to put it.... religion is the root of all evil. always has been, always will be.

smoke1383
smoke1383 User

mediocre author? Evidently Ian you have never read anything by him...hes probably one of the most brilliant sci fi novelists of all time 1)Frank Herbert 2)Robert Heinlein 3) L. Ron Hubbard. Not to mention he got millions to believe in that phony religion.

smoke1383
smoke1383

mediocre author? Evidently Ian you have never read anything by him...hes probably one of the most brilliant sci fi novelists of all time 1)Frank Herbert 2)Robert Heinlein 3) L. Ron Hubbard. Not to mention he got millions to believe in that phony religion.

onasphere
onasphere User

If there was a religion based on the works of JRR Tolkien, I would join them and give them all my money.

onasphere
onasphere

If there was a religion based on the works of JRR Tolkien, I would join them and give them all my money.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

" the articles about how Scientology isn’t even allowed to operate in European countries" - break.com 2013 There is a f ucking church of scientology in Oslo. Its the tests that they do which have caused the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services to consider prosecuting and banning some Scientology practices. Well done getting your information wrong once again, break employees.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier

" the articles about how Scientology isn’t even allowed to operate in European countries" - break.com 2013 There is a f ucking church of scientology in Oslo. Its the tests that they do which have caused the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services to consider prosecuting and banning some Scientology practices. Well done getting your information wrong once again, break employees.

freewaydog
freewaydog User

Think for your self, question authority.

freewaydog
freewaydog

Think for your self, question authority.

PremiumSaltine
PremiumSaltine User

How is every other religion any different? They are all cults. They get people to believe in invisible father-like figures in order to scare them into behaving a certain way.

Fortey
Fortey User

Hubbard was shit, I was being nice calling him mediocre,

megamonster
megamonster User

Hubbard's sci-fi is boorish crap for the unimaginative. crap like that. Philip K Dick, Issac Asimnov, Spyder Robinson, Orson Scott Card... There are literally thousands of sci-fi authors out there better than L. Ron Hubbard.

Fortey
Fortey

Hubbard was shit, I was being nice calling him mediocre,

megamonster
megamonster

Hubbard's sci-fi is boorish crap for the unimaginative. crap like that. Philip K Dick, Issac Asimnov, Spyder Robinson, Orson Scott Card... There are literally thousands of sci-fi authors out there better than L. Ron Hubbard.

Fortey
Fortey User

Shiretology

Fortey
Fortey User

That meant some countries, not all countries.

Fortey
Fortey

That meant some countries, not all countries.

BrokenoseGeraldo
BrokenoseGeraldo User

Scientology is a scary cult. People have disappeared and died under the care of the church.

asshole1000
asshole1000 User

And real religions are usually based on some sort of scriptures like the bible or the torah and/or the teachings of a visionary/prophet. Scientology (and mormonism while we're at it)is clearly just a crazy load of made up bullshit by some nutcase based on nothing

legacy27
legacy27 User

Difference is that you are usually allowed to leave most of them.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

That was so not clear. There's not much wiggle room to interpret it in other ways than how that sentence was written. There are two alternatives. 1: They do not operate in Europe. 2: They operate in Europe, but do so illegally. I know these articles are not the main focus of break.com, but come on. Links to references would be appreciated, in the future.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier

That was so not clear. There's not much wiggle room to interpret it in other ways than how that sentence was written. There are two alternatives. 1: They do not operate in Europe. 2: They operate in Europe, but do so illegally. I know these articles are not the main focus of break.com, but come on. Links to references would be appreciated, in the future.

turdsandwich666
turdsandwich666

I questioned your mom last night to make sure she wasn't HIV positive

turdsandwich666
turdsandwich666

I questioned your mom last night to make sure she wasn't HIV positive

jackburton420
jackburton420 User

It's all crazy made up bullshit by some nutcase, i.e. dead people don't come back to life (Christianity) and burning shrubbery rarely says anything of use (Judaism and Islam).

Outkast34
Outkast34 User

Your definition of scientology and Mormonism summed up all religions nicely.

Warped_joe
Warped_joe User

Oh wait, wasn't the bible written by men? just give the Scientology store a couple thousand years, haha

winsinh
winsinh User

LOL give it a couple thousand years and who's to say that they don't have prophets and their teaching aren't from scripture? How narrow minded are you?

Billyraymontana
Billyraymontana User

Not to mention that 99% of Atheists have never read the Bible so they have no idea how AWESOME it is. Even if it is made up it's the greatest literary accomplishment of all time. People CHOOSE to go to church to read the Bible, kids are FORCED to learn about evolution.

LouDaddy
LouDaddy

oooo... fight, Fight, FIGHT!!!

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

It's nice to know that someone is paying attention to her. Even with her manly features. That may be what lit the fire in your heart to begin with, no?

d33f4wl7
d33f4wl7 User

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

The-Langolier
The-Langolier

It's nice to know that someone is paying attention to her. Even with her manly features. That may be what lit the fire in your heart to begin with, no?

d33f4wl7
d33f4wl7

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

jackburton420
jackburton420 User

Hey genius, kids are forced to read the Bible, go to church, and believe some dead jew on a stick saved the world. And it's not the greatest literary accomplishment of the world, it's the greatest scam ever perpetuated.

treyert
treyert User

You poor dumb fück!

Skeptic10787
Skeptic10787

99% of atheists have never read the bible? Wrong. Not sure where you got that figure but most religious entities don't even claim that. Atheists and agnostics actually have a better understanding of the bible than most christians, because they choose to be informed rather than blindly believe what they're told by someone else.

Shea-Prescott-538
Shea-Prescott-538

I became an atheist once I read the bible, not before. Some of the shit in there is bat shit crazy. People just ignore the bad, and focus on the good. Hippocrites all of them.

BrokenoseGeraldo
BrokenoseGeraldo User

You can't beat the Bible for some of the best fairy tale\sci-fi stories ever. It's too bad they never told any dinosaurs stories in it though.

Shawn-Hicks-25
Shawn-Hicks-25 User

And you rather FORCE them to Learn about the Bible right? You want them to learn about your invisible people right? not what really happen?

redrobinyum
redrobinyum User

yeah my kids just loooooove church

bastian38
bastian38 User

Thats the most bullshit thing ive ever heard!! So you dont think religion is forced on children by their parents? Like you said. the bible is made up, symbolism written down telling normal stories. Not that im in to scientology, their book is probably thesame. just that it came later...?