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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

And then it gets weird.

Warning: put away all beverages before reading.

Clayton Cramer has this to say about Scientology:

There is not a religion on this planet that even begins to approach Scientology for weirdness--and I am including every pagan belief you can think of when I make that statement. I have long suspected that Scientology was a scam for separating fools from their money--but I had no idea how bizarre Scientology theology really was:

75 million years ago, Xenu was the ruler of a Galactic Confederacy which consisted of 26 stars and 76 planets including Earth, which was then known as Teegeeack. The planets were overpopulated, each having on average 178 billion people. The Galactic Confederacy's civilization was comparable to our own, with people "walking around in clothes which looked very remarkably like the clothes they wear this very minute" and using cars, trains and boats looking exactly the same as those "circa 1950, 1960" on Earth.


Xenu was about to be deposed from power, so he devised a plot to eliminate the excess population from his dominions. With the assistance of "renegades", he defeated the populace and the "Loyal Officers", a force for good that was opposed to Xenu. Then, with the assistance of psychiatrists, he summoned billions of people to paralyse them with injections of alcohol and glycol, under the pretense that they were being called for "income tax inspections." The kidnapped populace was loaded into space planes for transport to the site of extermination, the planet of Teegeeack (Earth). The space planes were exact copies of Douglas DC-8s, "except the DC-8 had fans, propellers on it and the space plane didn't." DC-8s have jet engines, not propellers, although Hubbard may have meant the turbine fans.

When the space planes had reached Teegeeack, the paralysed people were unloaded and stacked around the bases of volcanoes across the planet. Hydrogen bombs were lowered into the volcanoes, and all were detonated simultaneously. Only a few people's physical bodies survived.

The now-disembodied victims' souls, which Hubbard called thetans, were blown into the air by the blast. They were captured by Xenu's forces using an "electronic ribbon" ("which also was a type of standing wave") and sucked into "vacuum zones" around the world. The hundreds of billions of captured thetans were taken to a type of cinema, where they were forced to watch a "three-D, super colossal motion picture" for 36 days. This implanted what Hubbard termed "various misleading data" (collectively termed the R6 implant) into the memories of the hapless thetans, "which has to do with God, the Devil, space opera, etcetera". This included all world religions, with Hubbard specifically attributing Roman Catholicism and the image of the Crucifixion to the influence of Xenu. The interior decoration of "all modern theaters" is also said by Hubbard to be due to an unconscious recollection of Xenu's implants. The two "implant stations" cited by Hubbard were said to have been located on Hawaii and Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

And then it gets weird.

I've reproduced 90% of his post because, frankly, I just didn't know where to cut it. Here is the Wikipedia article that he is quoting from.

Here is the pic of the "Space DC-8" sans jet engines -

Artist's impression of one of Xenu's space planes, per Hubbard's description.

As they say, read the whole thing.


Blogger Aviatrix said...

I heard that Scientology was the result of a bet. Something like:

"I bet I could make up a religion, no matter how weird, and I could still get people to believe it."

"No way."

"How much do you want to bet?"

I LOVE the interstellar DC-8.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Old Blind Dog said...

Heh, heh. I can't say one way or the other whether it was a bet but it wouldn't surprise me. It is amazing how seemingly intelligent people can buy into stuff like this.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if you think that's weird, try - there's much more to it than Xenu...

6:47 PM  

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