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Monday, May 3, 2010

Child Dianetics: Don't Trust this Man with Your Children

In 1951 L. Ron Hubbard wrote a book entitled Child Dianetics: Dianetic Processing for Children.  Actually, "wrote" is not quite the correct word; compiled would be more accurate.  It's a short work derived from his earlier writings, his lectures, and the work and research of uncredited others. (Apparently the 1951 edition's first page included a list of "thank you"s but this page has been removed from subsequent editions.)

Here are a few gems from Child Dianetics:

How would you like to be pulled and hauled and ordered about and restrained from whatever you wanted to do?  You'd resent it.  The only reason a child "doesn't" resent it is because he is small.  You'd half murder somebody who treated you, an adult, with orders, contradiction and the disrespect given to the average child.  The child doesn't strike back because he isn't big enough..." (page 10)

Care for a child? - nonsense!  He's probably  got a better grasp of immediate situations than you have. Only when he's almost psychotic with aberration will a child be accident prone" (page 15 -16)

A child is perfectly logical.  (page 48)

Grandparents should not be permitted into the home of their grandchildren until they have learned to behave themselves dianetically. (page 48 - yet the church of scientology denies that they "disconnect" families...)
LRH didn't think of children as children. To him, they were already immeasurably old Thetans trapped in not-yet-adult bodies (though this book was compiled before the Thetan concepts of Scientology were fully developed).  Children didn't need to be corrected or restrained or disciplined.  Just loved.  LRH encouraged parents to let their children be fully "self-determined." 

But after reading some of the biographies of LRH's life (Bare Faced Messiah - Russel Miller, A Piece of Blue Sky - Jon Atack, L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman - Bent Corydon & Ronald DeWolf (a.k.a. L. Ron Hubbard Jr.) I'm not sure that I would trust this man with children.

LRH sired 7 children with his 3 wives. Of them -
-Ronald DeWolf (LRH jr) was cut off by his father and has subsequently spoken out against his father and the Church of Scientology
-LRH  kidnapped his daughter Alexis from her mother and fled with her to Cuba until her mother agreed to retract her claims that he had abused her.  When Alexis attempted to reconnect with her father as a young woman, she was rebuffed. LRH denied paternity and refused to see her.
-Quentin Hubbard committed suicide at the age of 22. Some who knew him say that Quentin was homosexual, and LRH did not have anything kind to say about homosexuals. When LRH was told of his son's suicide he is reported as shouting , "That stupid f***ing kid! Look at what he's done to me!"

For a period of years LRH lived at sea on the Apollo. During that time there were numerous reports of abuse to the children of Scientologists who lived and worked on the ship.  Here is one:

And that kind of abuse didn't end with LRH's death in 1986.  There is a veritable flood of recent news reports of child abuse and child labor within the Chruch of Scientology. This is just one.

Don't trust this man or his "church" with your children.

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