The Church of Scientology vs. the Net:
Other sources of online information
This page created by Ron Newman.
Last major revision on July 29, 1996; a few links added or corrected
on March 17, 1997. I have not had time to keep this page up to
date in recent months; for a much more up-to-date (though less
descriptive) list, see Marina Chong's
Web Page Summary.
For more online information on the Church of Scientology,
check out all of the following:
- the newsgroup
can be noisy these days, but it's also where all this started,
and it's often more up-to-date than any Web page can be.
- The IRC channel
#scientology, described in
this web page
by Jessie Blalock. Many of the regulars in the newsgroup
as well as authors of other web pages on this subject,
often hang out on this IRC channel.
- Andreas Heldal-Lund's
Clambake page contains pointers to Scientology's Secret Scriptures,
as well as late-breaking news. Andreas is much more conscientious than
I am about keeping his site up to date.
- Marina Chong's
Web Page Summary
- Jim Lippard and Jeff Jacobsen's
article on Scientology and the Internet, in the
June 1995 isue of Skeptic magazine.
- Tilman Hausherr's collection of
by various people who are current or former members of the
Church. I especially recommend the story of
a South African woman who left the Church as a result of the Internet.
- Chris Owen's web site
which contains, among other things, official government
reports on Scientology from Australia, Canada, and the
United Kingdom; Judge Latey's child-custody ruling
involving Scientology; and reports on Scientology's support
for apartheid in South Africa.
- William Sims Bainbridge's
description of Scientology's "Training Routines",
from his 1978 book "Satan's Power"
- William S. Burroughs' experiences
as a Scientologist, from his book "Naked Scientology", a
collection of essays written in the early 1970s
- My online archive of newspaper and magazine
articles about Scientology
- Paulette Cooper's 1971 book
- There are lots of other web pages critical of Scientology,
seemingly more every week. Consult Marina Chong's
Web Page Summary for
a comprehensive (though necessarily incomplete) list. Here are
a few I particularly like:
All of these pages contain pointers to many
other interesting documents, as well as to yet more web pages that I
don't know about or haven't listed here.
- Jim Lippard's
Lindsay's Non-Scientologist FAQs. (Don's FAQs predate
all of the web sites on this subject, including mine.)
- Martin Hunt's
and Acronym Guide
(an essential resource in dealing with the cult's strange vocabulary)
- the FTP sites of Jeff Jacobsen and
- an incomplete collection of
the on-line 'zine that reveals some of Scientology's innermost secrets
- The Fishman Papers page,
maintained by Dave Touretzky of Carnegie-Mellon University. Steven
Fishman, a former member of the Church, deposited a large number of
"secret Scientology scriptures" into public court records. Copies of these
papers may or may not be available at this web site, depending on how
CMU reacts to Helena Kobrin's barratry. If they
are not available at this site, you can probably find pointers there
to places where they are now available.
- the Church of Scientology's three official web sites:
well as the semi-official web page of
the Church's Media Relations director.
See also the Church's propaganda rag
Tilman Hausherr has collected a comprehensive
pro-Scientology web sites, the number of which seem to be growing.
- Another good, but increasingly outdated, source of
official pro-Scientology information is
Brian Wenger's FTP site.
(Beware: the list of Scientology organizations is over 18 months old.)
- a bibliography of magazine &
newspaper articles on Dianetics and Scientology, published
between 1950 and 1969.
Cults in general
For information on cults in general, try some of these:
- Steve Hassan's home page.
Steve Hassan is an ex-Moonie who has become an expert on cults and
the mind-control techniques that they often use. On his page
you'll find an ad for, and short excerpts from, his book Combatting
Cult Mind Control.
- the Cult
Awareness Network memorial page. Scientology managed to
cripple this organization through abusive lawsuits, then
purchased its name and trademark after forcing it into
- Teodor Vaananen's page on destructive cults
Recovering Former Cultists Support Network
- the Ex-Cult Archive
- American Family Foundation, publishers
of the Cultic Studies Journal and Cult Observer
- Watchman Fellowship
is a rather right-wing Christian anti-cult group. I don't agree
with them very much either theologically or politically, but they have
had interesting run-ins with Scientology.
- Trancenet, a site
containing material critical of Transcendental Meditation
Free expression on the Internet
The Digital Future Coalition
represents libraries and others working to prevent the U.S. Congress
from passing legislation favoring the interests of copyright holders over
those of the general public.
For information on preserving free expression on the Net,
browse the web sites of the
Electronic Frontier Foundation,
Center for Democracy & Technology,
Voters Telecommunication Watch,
Electronic Privacy Information Center,
American Civil Liberties Union,
and MIT's Student Association
for Freedom of Expression (SAFE). See also the page for
Hal Abelson's MIT class on
"Ethics & Law on the Electronic Frontier".
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