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Dateline NBC, June 16, 1998 approximately 20 million Americans were introduced to the concept of Scientology linked with evil.
Here is one relevant excerpt from the transcript
Mr. Minton: At the core of Scientology is a very evil vein.
Hockenberry: An evil disguised as a church? Bob Minton has lots of terrible things to say about a group that simply claims to offer a path to success and enlightenment....
An evil disguised as a church--a well chosen analogy, Mr. Hockenberry!
Here are some more observations on the evil that is Scientology:
Do you know a good thing when you see one? Everyone likes to think so, donít they? Discerning the difference between good persons and bad, right choices and wrong choices is the most important thing our minds do for us. If our minds are successful, and discern efficiently and accurately, then weíre successful. If we canít discern the difference, our choices can be no better than random. Itís that simple. Random behavior isnít very effective for achieving goals. Not only that, an inability to distinguish good from bad is what drives people crazy. If you canít know that what you bring close to your heart is going to be good to you --- not bad --- then life on Earth, which can be a Heaven, turns to Hell.
We all know about bad things. Bad things hurt. Bad things cause pain and suffering. Bad things lead to degradation and death. Bad things disrupt the orderly nature of our minds and bodies, twisting them, distorting them, changing them into something that serves another purpose or no purpose at all.
When we identify a bad thing we want it out. We want it to go away. Out and away. Out of our space, out of our minds. We build walls to keep the bad things out. We build walls to keep the bad things in a different place, out of our place.
So there the bad things sit, out and away, wondering what to do with themselves. Some of them look over at us and suddenly a realization strikes. The bad one thinks, "If I could just make myself look like a good thing, the walls would come down, wouldnít they. Well, what do ya know about that?" And sure enough, they do. The walls are designed to prevent the bad things in or out, but not the good things. In this realization evil is born.
Evil is a bad one who becomes a master of disguise. Evil fills an apple with razor blades and hands it out with a kind smile to a child on Halloween. Evil prepares food that looks and tastes delicious, then laces it with deadly poison. Evil invents a drug that would make you feel happier than youíve ever felt before, while in the meantime, it causes you to destroy your life. Evil is a pitiful stranger who tells a heart wrenching story of woe and plaintively asks for help, waiting patiently for your trust to grow and your guard to drop --- then suddenly changes character and mercilessly and ruthlessly takes you for everything youíve got.
The soul of evil is bright and shining. The soul of evil is filled with happiness and hope and love. But deep inside, hidden away at the end of a maze of illusions, is the stuff of nightmares. Pure evil is hate wrapped up in a pretty package of love.
Scientology is an incarnation of the soul of pure evil. As such, Scientology is very capable of driving people insane. Not the ones that donít suspect. Only the ones that have become aware of the hidden secret. Only the ones that walk all the way to the end of the maze. Only the ones that arenít fooled by the pretty illusions.
For the poor unfortunates that finally realize what it truly is, Scientology brings a lasting doubt that perhaps nothing that seems good is truly good; perhaps hiding behind every seeming goodness is a ruthless predator waiting to pounce. If L. Ron Hubbard, "Mankindís greatest friend" can turn out to be a monster, what does that say about the average person on the street? This doubt about goodness --- what is really good, is there anything that is really good? --- is the stuff of which insanity is made. The evil of Scientology, once revealed, is capable of driving people insane.
Such was the fate of Lisa McPherson.
But not everyone dies. Lisaís case was an "aberration". Scientology is only designed to drive its breakaways into a poor, suffering, miserable, horrified silence.
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