"Somebody some day will say ‘this is illegal.’ By then be sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not." - L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 4 January 1966, "LRH Relationship to Orgs"
Not so fast there, Ron. On 24 June 2013, in Luxembourg – The FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council adopted certain new EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief. In some very important ways, it will protect religious institutions from bigotry and hate, but it will also protect persons from unlawful human rights abuses caused by certain religious institutions. These guidelines make it quite clear that religious institutions and churches are not persons and that human rights are held to be above the rights of institutions. The Council comes straight to the point with it's Reason for Action:
1. The right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, more commonly referred to as the right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is a fundamental right of every human being. As a universal human right, freedom of religion or belief safeguards respect for diversity. Its free exercise directly contributes to democracy, development, rule of law, peace and stability. Violations of freedom of religion or belief may exacerbate intolerance and often constitute early indicators of potential violence and conflicts.
2. All persons have the right to manifest their religion or belief either individually or in community with others and in public or private in worship, observance, practice and teaching, without fear of intimidation, discrimination, violence or attack. Persons who change or leave their religion or belief, as well as persons holding non-theistic or atheistic beliefs should be equally protected, as well as people who do not profess any religion or belief.
The Council, in it's briefing, stated that it is not defining what a religion is or is not, going so far as to say that the EU is not aligned with any specific religion or belief. It makes quite clear that there will be investigations and sanctions against institutions that violate human rights per Articles 18 of both the Universal Declaration of Human rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Council further states that :
In line with these provisions, the EU has recalled that "freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, applies equally to all persons. It is a fundamental freedom that includes all religions or beliefs, including those that have not been traditionally practiced in a particular country, the beliefs of persons belonging to religious minorities, as well as non-theistic and atheistic beliefs. The freedom also covers the right to adopt, change or abandon one's religion or belief, of one's own free will."
One of the big problems for Scientology here is that Hubbard claimed that anyone who publicly abandoned Scientology would be put under the SP Order (Excommunication). Then, in Hubbard's own words:
"ENEMY SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."- L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 18 October 1967
SP = Suppressive Person a.k.a. critic of Scientology.
In another policy letter, Hubbard states for the record:
"A truly Suppressive Person or group has no rights of any kind and actions taken against them are not punishable." - L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 1 March 1965, HCO (Division 1) "Ethics, Suppressive Acts, Suppression of Scientology and Scientologists"
Yes, some of you may be saying that these is no more Fair Game rule in Scientology and refer to the policy letter that says:
"The practice of declaring people FAIR GAME will cease. FAIR GAME may not appear on any Ethics Order. It causes bad public relations. - L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 21 October 1968, "Cancelation of Fair Game"
But at the bottom of that policy letter it clearly states:
"This P/L does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP."
This alone may ensure that Scientology will face more legal battles than it is already facing, but wait, there's more. The Council makes it clearly understood that:
26. Certain practices associated with the manifestation of a religion or belief, or perceived as such, may constitute violations of international human rights standards. The right to freedom of religion or belief is sometimes invoked to justify such violations. The EU firmly opposes such justification, whilst remaining fully committed to the robust protection and promotion of freedom of religion or belief in all parts of the world. Violations often affect women, members of religious minorities, as well as persons on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
27. In dealing with possible violations, use will be made of existing EU human rights guidelines, notably the guidelines on the promotion and protection of rights of the child, on violence against woman and girls and combating all forms of discrimination against them, on human rights defenders, on torture and on the death penalty, as well as the forthcoming EU guidelines on the enjoyment of all human rights by LGBT persons, and on freedom of expression on line and off line.
In regard to the LGBT community, there is Scientology policy on this. According to Hubbard, people in the LGBT Community fall in the category of 1.1 on his tone scale and Hubbard states:
"In any event, any person from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind, because by abusing those rights he brings into being arduous and strenuous laws which are oppressive to those who need no such restraints." - L. Ron Hubbard, SCIENCE OF SURVIVAL, 1989 Ed., p. 145 [The "Tone Scale" is Scientology’s measure of mental and spiritual health.]
"There are only two answers for the handling of people from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale, neither one of which has anything to do with reasoning with them or listening to their justification of their acts. The first is to raise them on the Tone Scale by un-enturbulating some of their theta by any one of the three valid processes. The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow." - L. Ron Hubbard, SCIENCE OF SURVIVAL, p. 170
"The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals occupying the lower bands of the Tone Scale from the social order would result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have entered." - L. Ron Hubbard, SCIENCE OF SURVIVAL, p. 170
Further, the Council has stated that:
Violence or the threat thereof – such as killing, execution, disappearance, torture, sexual violence, abductions and inhuman or degrading treatment – are widespread phenomena that have to be addressed.
Scientology's Ethics policies and The Sea Organization's Prison Camp (The Rehabilitation Project Force or RPF for short) depend on threats, intimidation and degrading treatment. It is clear that David Miscavige, the reigning king of Scientology is in an unenviable position. If he makes certain concessions and changes policy in Europe (which is forbidden by Hubbard), then he will also have to make those changes world wide because Scientology policy must be practiced in a 100% standard way across the world.
These are interesting times for Scientology. The only question now is will Scientology be able to survive in 21st Century Europe? Comments? I will be glad to hear them. Thank you for reading long post.
HUBBARD IN HIS OWN WORDS