Many people have compared 'Amway' with 'Scientology'. The fact that 'Amway India' is now desperately trying to infiltrate traditional culture by steadfastly pretending to support a road safety campaign
In the late 1960s, the instigator of 'Scientology' , L. Ron Hubbard, bought a large manor house in the quiet S. English town of East Grinstead. Hubbard read in the 'East Grinstead Courier' that East Grinstead had been unable to fill a vacancy for a Road Safety Organizer, so he put himself forward for the job. He steadfastly pretended to the East Grinstead Road Safety Committee that he was anxious to make a contribution to the community and he felt that the experience he had gained serving on 'numerous' road safety committees in the United States could be put to good use in East Grinstead. He even explained road safety campaigns in the United States and listed ideas on how to reduce accidents locally, before confidently answering questions. L. Ron Hubbard was unanimously elected as the town's new Road Safety Organizer by an enthusiastic committee.
David Brear (copyright 2010)
25 years later (Thursday 26th. July 1984), the East Grinstead Courier published the following article:
Scientology "Dangerous and Corrupt"
East Grinstead Courier,
A HIGH COURT Judge has made the most outspoken condemnation yet of the Church of Scientology, which has its British headquarters in Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead. He condemned it as "corrupt, sinister and dangerous".Its founder, former, American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and his Wife Mary Sue were condemned by Mr Justice Latey as "charlatan and worse."
And the sect, said the judge was "both immoral and socially obnoxious."
Hubbard and his helpers were said to be "grimly reminiscent of the ranting and bullying of Hitler and his henchmen".
Sir Geoffrey Johnston Smith, former East Grinstead MP and now representing [illegible] is to ask the Home Secretary if, in view of the judge comments, he will order a departmental inquiry into the activities of Scientology.
"I have had people quite recently come to see me concerned about the effects this organization is having on their family relationships," said Sir Geoffrey.
Scientology, which has been struggling to improve its image with a series of widely publicised reforms, found itself in the na tional newspaper headlines on Tuesday, after considerable exposure on radio and television the night before.
The judgment by Mr Justice Latey in the High Court came unheralded. He had been hearing in private a dispute about the custody of two children. Then he went into open court to order a father, aged 32, who is a Scientologist seven-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter to their mother. She is 28 and had fought for almost six years to be reunited with them after she broke away from the Scientology.
The judge ordered the Church of Scientology to stop intimidating and harassing the mother, warning that failure to do so would be dealt with, with the "utmost severity."
The father has since remarried.
Mr Justice Latey said Scientology was corrupt "because it is based on lies and deceit, and has as its real objective, money and power for its founder, his wife and those close to him at the top.
"It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices, both to its adherents who do not toe. the line unquestioningly, and to those outside who criticise or oppose it.
"It is dangerous because it is out to capture young people, especially children and impressionable young people and indoctrinate and brainwash them so that they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living and relationships with others."
The judge praised the mother's courage in escaping from the "tight and unrelenting" hold of Scientology and its ruthless discipline.
He said the children were at a school controlled by Scientologists where the "baleful influence" was ever present and the objectives were to capture the child's mind. It would be a grave risk to leave them with the father, but they still loved him — and he loved them — regular visits should be arranged.
Mr Justice Latey's reason for giving judgment in open court he described as "a warning to others."
The judge made a detailed attack on the character of Hubbard. He was not, as claimed wounded in the war and decorated. It was false to claim that he had been crippled and blinded, then cured by Scientology techniques.
Hubbard, said the judge, had disappeared and was being sought by US police.
L. Ron Hubbard was a well-known figure in East Grinstead where he established Saint Hill as the world headquarters of his movement. In August 1983 the Scientologists announced that they had "kicked out" 12 key members of their UK headquarters staff at Saint Hill as part of a policy change.