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Scientology FAQ - Humorous but true
« on: October 23, 2010, 12:54 »
Apparently a student wandered into ARS or somewhere on Usenet with some homework questions.  Jommy Cross, a long-time poster to ARS, had some answers for him.  Certainly they're not the answers a practicing scientologist would give, but they're more honest.  Enjoy!
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Subject: Jommy's Offworlder FAQ
From: jommycross@[127.1] (Jommy Cross)
Date: 23 Oct 2010 02:36:39 -0000
Message-ID: <OJLCRMWY40474.4421180556@ reece.net.au>
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology

On 27 Sep 2004 20:03:30 -0700, netrichard<at>speedymail.org wrote in msg
<1096340610.950110.125770<at>h37g2000oda.googlegroups.com>:
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>could you please answer these questions for a homework assignment thanks

d00d, your questions come up soooo frequently in my demented opinion.
Let's make them a faq, huh?

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>How would you describe your religion?

First, it's not my religion. I share my clearly biased views with you
because more than once my ages long slumber has been disturbed by the
pesky $cienos. But I can substantiate what I say.

The religion that is the subject of this newsgroup is far from a
mainstream religion. It's a mish mash of pseudo science and marketing
implemented as a destructive cult. Many people deny it's a religion at
all. A lot of those people have been *inside* it.

It was invented by an indigent science fiction writer in 1953, as his
previous scam was wearing thin, and he had pressing wives to pay.

"If a man wanted to make a million dollars, he'd start a religion" L Ron
Hubbard (attrib.)

Some deluded culties demand it should have the same protections as any
other religion. Opinions differ on whether a bunch of sales driven
delusional kooks is the same as a religion.

The deluded culties themselves market the same old snake oil behind a
bunch of supposedly secular fronts with names like Narconon, CCHR, WISE
and ABLE.

So where's the religious?

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>Do you believe in a god or gods?

Scientologists seem reluctant to talk about them, though their Creed
explicitly refers to one which has told us all not to do some things.

If Scientology delivered what it claimed, the Scientologist would get to
be an omnipotent god in his/her own right eventually, so yes they do.

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>Does your god or gods command you to do justice unto each other?

Strictly speaking their leader, Hubbard, interprets the gods to the
culties in his reams of lovingly cross referenced documents. So it's what
Hubbard sez goes.

The Code of a Scientologist tells them "never fear to hurt another in  a
just cause", and they demand they are "the most ethical group on the
planet", so yeah, they go around with an idea of justice.

Be aware they might hurt you while they're pursuing it.

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>How do you worship your god or gods?

With dollars. Many, many dollars. Scientologists claim selling you books
and services is "worship". Some people disagree with them and spell their
name as $cientology.

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>Do you believe in an afterlife?

Yes, and also reincarnation.

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>If so, what do you believe determines what will happen to people in the
>afterlife?

According to L Ron Hubbard,  your soul drifts off to an implant station on
Mars, where you get roughed up some then reincarnated with little or no
immediate memory of your previous life/lives. The way to avoid this fate
and "go free" is to give Ron's marketing machine money.

Naturally, you also have a  bunch of prequel lives. Maybe you were
Napoleon Bonaparte or built the pyramids of Egypt or something. By paying
for $cientology services they claim you can gain access to memories of
these prequel lives. You'll have to sign this release form first, please?

Note the $cienos are not allowed to talk to each other about their prequel
lives. That must avoid some embarrassing conversations, huh?

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>What is the most important advice for living?

Buy more $cientology books and services, this is your only chance to go
free and escape this prison plant forever. Also cures asthma, cancer,
halitosis and depression (please read exclusions on attached schedule).

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>Do you have any rules about what can be eaten or drunk?

Only L Ron Hubbard was allowed pinks'n'greys with his rum? Just kidding.

Traditionally, deluded culties who accept the punishment their cult hands
out to them eat only rice and beans.

L Ron Hubbard had some odd advice about feeding the newborn. He says human
milk is almost worthless, much worse than barley water and honey. Don't
try this at home, kids!

The highly toxic "Purification Rundown" ritual demands the cultie eat up
to 5g niacin a day. That probably won't kill your liver right off, but it
won't do it any good.

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>Do you believe alchohol is acceptable?

I think they probably do. Naturally, if you're worried about the amount
you're drinking, $cientology can help you with that. Sign here, here and
here, please.

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>What is your position on sex before marriage?

If you're paying them you can do what you like, though bear in mind their
confessionals have been known to be made public.

If they're paying you, sex before marriage is theoretically out.

Marriage and divorce seem easy for staffers, possibly encouraged by the
nature of working for the Co$ enterprise.

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>On polygamy?

L Ron Hubbard was married several times, bigamously at least once.

What went for him probably doesn't go for the average $cieno, though.

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>On homosexuality?

One of L Ron Hubbard's sons committed suicide, very possibly because of
the stigma this condition of existence attracts in $cientology.

Hubbard was pretty 1950s about this stuff, demanding that homosexuals are
"low on the Tone Scale", which means verrrrry bad, and an opportunity to
spend money on $cientology books and services to 'cure' them of their
perverted ways.

It's also suckered in some celebrities, who are now 'cured' of their
homosexuality. Not that they were gay in the first place. No, rilly.

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>Do you believe that an immoral action can sometimes be justified by the
>circumstances?

Oh, probably. 'Never fear to hurt another in a just cause', remember?

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>Do you believe that people who have other beliefs will be punished?

They do indeed. The people who disagree with $cientology are, according to
Hubbard, criminals. They should be punished immediately, by any means
possible.

Anyone who decides Hubbard was a con man is obviously an enormous
criminal. Anyone who sets up in business in competition with Co$ is
clearly a criminal of cosmic proportions.

They mainly express this hatred through lawsuits and setting people up for
prosecution, spreading bad PR, and failing to pay any debts.

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>Do you believe it is your duty to convert others to your beliefs?

Oh *yeah*, "Clearing the planet" is what's kept the Co$ show on the road
for years.

According to Hubbard that's to make a planet "free from insanity".

In reality it's a crusade to relieve the gullible of their surplus money
by selling them $cientology books and services.

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>How do you treat nonbelievers?

As a sales opportunity. Those people resistant to sales are criminals.

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>Do you believe in just war?

No, they're theoretically working for a world *without* war.

On the other hand they had a Crusade for Religious Tolerance a while back,
so who knows?

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>Do you believe the world will soon be destroyed?

Some of them think there's a possibility we're about to be invaded by
aliens. Other than that I don't think "soon".

That said, the famous "downward spiral of society" is used to bait the
$cieno trap, so they're playing on people's fear of the future just the
same.

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>Do you believe in evil supernatural creatures?

That depends on your definition of supernatural. According to L Ron
Hubbard this stuff is all good science and just as true as e equals
emceesquared.

So, no.  Not supernatural. They just believe in evil space aliens.

Invisible evil space aliens attached to your body, yet. That you can pay
to have removed. How kewl is that, huh? Just sign here.

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>Do you believe that if a person is insane, he or she is responsible for
>their actions?

It depends.

First understand Hubbard and $cientology have an enormous fear and
loathing of psychiatry. Hubbard claimed his pseudo science religion would
*replace* psychiatry. So we could be dealing with several definitions of
"insane".

If your actions consist of opposing $cientology (in their opinion) you are
an insane criminal and you are responsible for the actions and you should
be punished.

If you're a paying $cientologist who goes insane they'll just declare you
an enemy and refuse to do business with you any more. If you go famously
insane they'll deny you were ever a $cientologist.

If you're a $cientologist staffer who goes insane, you would be a total PR
disaster, so you get hidden away, possibly confined against your will.

In at least one of these episodes the insane deluded cultie staffer died,
apparently due to involuntary confinement and worse care than your dog
would get at a veterinarian.

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>Do you believe that the ends can justify the means?

Haven't we done this one? "Never fear to hurt another in a just cause",
remember?

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>Do you believe that a husband must submit to his wife, or vice versa?

Neither. The weak get to submit to the strong, mainly.

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>Do you believe that it would be ethical to kill innocent children if your
>god or gods commanded you to?

Probably. The innocent children get reborn, so it's not like it's a  huge
problem.

Hubbard was constantly ranting on like some low rent Nietzsche.

In their explorations of their prequel lives $cientologists seem to find
themselves enslaving populations and vaporising whole star systems pretty
often.

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>Do you believe that good will always triumph over evil?

It depends. On some level $cientologists believe we're only playing a game
here, so the concepts of good and evil are meaningless.

On another level we're engaged in a cosmic struggle to "clear the planet"
so we can escape from our horrible degraded conditions, and the outcome's
unknown so far.

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>Do you believe that, on the whole, the world is becoming worse or better?

The downward spiral? Oh yes. Only L Ron Hubbard and $cientology can save
you. Sign here. And here.

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>Do you believe in capital punishment?

Only for people resistant to $cientology processing.

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>Do you believe that your god or gods have complete control over the
>events of your life?

When a $cientologist becomes an "Operating Thetan" that person would have
total control over matter, energy, space and time.

So yes, if you pay enough money you can have complete control over the
events of your life.  In theory.

But you have to sign this release form first. Sign here. And here. And
here.

Incident zero: Ron trolled them

Ever yours in fandom,
Jommy Cross


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Re: Scientology FAQ - Humorous but true
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010, 04:34 »
heh heh, I enjoyed that.

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Re: Scientology FAQ - Humorous but true
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 22:09 »
Good, that makes me happy.   o>--<
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Re: Scientology FAQ - Humorous but true
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010, 12:04 »
That's one of Jommy's best posts. Usually he's cranky, lol

Wonder if there was a reply? hehehe

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Re: Scientology FAQ - Humorous but true
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2010, 16:51 »
I like his Incident zero tagline - it changes from "Ron trolled them" to "Ron trolled you" when he thinks he's talking to a scientologist (of any stripe).   :D

The only reply in the thread was me saying that I'd posted it here, and giving a link.  Then he replied and suggested I post Hartley's FAQ which I should do since it gives some history and info about ARS (plus, he links to us in it).  So for any of our readers who are curious about this strange ARS (alt.religion.scientology) place some of us speak of, here's some more info:

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From: Hartley Patterson <hpttrsn @daisy.freeserve.co.uk>
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,alt.answers,news.answers
Subject: alt.religion.scientology critical FAQ 2.0.8
Message-ID: <MPG.2682ea9c24c7aa4a9896df @eu.thundernews.com>
Organization: News from Bree
Summary: This posting is intended for newcomers, covering the history of ARS and giving URLs for further information
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 15:06:12 +0100

Archive-name: scientology/skeptic/faq URL:
http://www.newsfrombree.co.uk/faq.htm Maintainer: Hartley Patterson
<hpttrsn @daisy.freeserve.co.uk> Posting-Frequency: monthly

An Alt.Religion.Scientology FAQ (2.0.8)

1. What's an FAQ?

FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions. Newcomers to popular
newsgroups, forums and websites often have the same questions they want
answered, a FAQ is intended to be an aid to those who get bored of
repeating the same answers every week.
This FAQ expresses the author's views not those of any other ARS poster,
though on occasion he does state what he believes to be the majority view.
FAQs do not require unanimous approval of every word in them, just
sufficient truth not to get buried under a mountain of abuse. ARS has no
Charter so it does not have an 'Official' FAQ. The author is not nor has
ever been a scientologist and is a critic of the Church of Scientology
(CoS).
Internet URLs are signalled by ***. If you cannot use them as links
directly, cut and paste into your browser.

2. What is Scientology?

This is an FAQ for ARS not for Scientology so the answer will be very
brief:

American author L Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), founder of Scientology, first
presented his ideas in the bestselling book "Dianetics - the Modern
Science of Mental Health" (1950). Scientology, an expansion of Dianetics,
followed in 1952, the Church of Scientology appeared in 1953. CoS
headquarters are in Los Angeles and its main training facility is in
Clearwater, Florida. The CoS claims to have branches in 64 countries;
about half of CoS members are believed to be US citizens with another
third in Europe.
The CoS also claims to have over 10 million members, however its own data
and independent sources suggest an active membership of 50-100,000. In
addition there are scientologists who practise their faith outside the
Church. Some have set up their own organisations, though the CoS remains
the largest group. The CoS considers them all to be 'squirrels', the
scientology term for heretics.
There are a number of CoS enterprises that promote Hubbard's teachings
such as Narconon (anti-drugs), Criminon (anti-crime), CCHR
(anti-psychiatry), Applied Scholastics (schools) and WISE (business). When
convenient the CoS claims that it does not control these groups,
internally circulated documents show otherwise.

There is a wealth of information about Scientology on hundreds of Internet
websites, more than you will ever have time to read. Type 'Scientology'
into a Search Engine such as Google and you'll find them. Please try
Searching first for answers, only when you can't find something specific
should you post questions to ARS.
*** Wikipedia, the Internet encyclopaedia, has a wide range of referenced
articles about Scientology:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology As an exercise you might like to
open your web browser now and put any words or phrases you don't
understand in this FAQ into a Search Engine.

3. What do scientologists believe?

Scientology is an 'applied religious philosophy'. It is not directly
derived from Christianity or any other religion, being an original belief
set devised/researched by L Ron Hubbard. Concepts that are considered
important in some religions such as a personal relationship to God do not
exist in Scientology. The CoS sometimes claims that Scientology is
compatible with other religions. This is untrue. A common mental block is
assuming that the organisation and the beliefs are the same. The Catholic
Church and Christianity are not the same, and neither are the CoS and
Scientology.
These are important points that newcomers often take some time to grasp as
they try to fit Scientology into preconceptions of whose existence they
are not aware.

4. I have some questions for scientologists, are there any here?

Ordinary members of the CoS do not usually post to ARS and are discouraged
from doing so. It is also likely that they could not answer the questions
you want to ask for doctrinal reasons. Scientologists are not encouraged
to discuss Hubbard's teachings amongst themselves or to explain them to
outsiders but to read them and advise others to do so.

5. Can someone please Email me a copy of the secret scriptures?

You are referring to those unpublished writings of L Ron Hubbard that
constitute advanced courses in Scientology such as the OT (Operating
Thetan) levels. Anyone considering trying out Scientology should be aware
that the CoS holds that these levels should be studied in order and that
premature contact with the secret scriptures could result in serious harm.
According to Hubbard, he almost died whilst researching them. The
copyright to all Hubbard's writings is owned by the CoS. If you know how
to use bittorrent searching for this file may allegedly be of interest:
*** Scientology-Dianetics-LRonHubbard-Complete The esoteric language used
in advanced courses is not comprehensible to beginners. Really, honestly,
you should search the Internet for summaries rather than going for the
original texts. *** OT III Scholarship Page
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/OTIII

6. What is a newsgroup?

Newsgroups (most of which form Usenet) are part of the Internet. They are
not forums or discussion boards, which use webpage based software.
Specialised newsreader programs include Agent and Gravity; Email programs
such as Microsoft's Outlook Express have integrated newsgroup readers, so
you don't need any new software to access them. *** Wikipedia on Usenet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newsgroup To access newsgroups with a
newsreader you need to connect to a newsgroup server. If your Internet
Service Provider (ISP) does not provide one then free access to
scientology newsgroups is available from nntp.lightlink.com. *** Reviews
of Newsgroup access providers http://www.newsgroupreviews.com
Portals such as Google offer newsgroup access on webpages but we don't
recommend them unless you have no alternative. Google Groups in particular
is unstable and difficult to read.
*** How to set up a newsreader
http://www.newsfrombree.co.uk/stolgy_19.htm If you have technical problems
accessing ARS then it is definitely On Topic to ask for help. We have a
team of geeks awaiting your call.

7. So who's in charge?

No one. A few newsgroups are Moderated: contributions are diverted to an
Email address where a human or robot moderator removes unwanted posts such
as spam. Most, including ARS, are not ? what you post is what everyone
will see. Think before you press Send! That's not to say anarchy rules:
normal laws such as libel and copyright apply and your ISP may well have a
clause in its Terms of Service (TOS) about causing offence on the
Internet.

8. Can I delete or change my posts?

You cannot edit posts once sent, you can try to delete them but some news
servers ignore the Cancel command - another reason for thinking before
posting. There is a searchable Usenet archive currently hosted by Google.
If you posted something really embarrassing, you can delete it from the
archive.

9. Can I post anonymously?

Usenet doesn't check to see if you are using a real Email address so you
can post as anon@nowhere.net if you like. Please try to pick a unique
nickname and address so you won't be confused with someone else. There is
a normally invisible Header (some newsreaders can display it, there are
two examples below) attached to posts that gives details of where you
posted from, if you want to hide that as well you can use Anonymous
Remailers, a system that is in practical terms untraceable. A simpler way
is to ask someone you trust to post your message for you. By default, your
ISP customer services department is staffed by idiots who know nothing
about the law or customer care. They will reveal your identity to anyone
sending them an Email full of legal phrases.

10. What are all these strange words?

Scientology has a lot of jargon that inevitably gets used here. We're not
going to apologise for this any more than alt.fan.tolkien posters should
apologise for talking about mathoms and ringwraiths. There are several
glossaries available on websites.

11. Wasn't ARS started as a joke by someone using a fake Email address?

The creator had serious intent, but here is his setup post:

* From miscaviage@flag.sea.org Wed Jul 17 12:46:28 1991 * Path:
rpi!zaphod.mps.ohio-state.edu!think.com!snorkelwacker.mit.edu!ai- *
lab!flag !miscaviage
* From: miscaviage@flag.sea.org (David Miscaviage) * Newsgroups:
alt.religion.scientology.ctl * Subject: newgroup alt.religion.scientology
* Message-ID: 80235@flag
* Date: 17 Jul 91 08:06:31 GMT
* Control: newgroup alt.religion.scientology * Sender: news@ai.mit.edu
* Lines: 0
* Approved: miscaviage@flag.sea.org

ARS was little used for a while, but as the Internet spread ex-
scientologists discovered it and the CoS became increasingly concerned
about the 'false and derogatory' information being posted. When extracts
from its 'secret scriptures' were posted beginning around Christmas 1994
the CoS retaliated with lawsuits and raids against the suspected posters.
At the same time forged cancels began to hit ARS. The forger, nicknamed
'Cancelpoodle' after the legitimate spam canceller 'Cancelmoose',
attracted the attention of the wider Usenet and Internet community ? no
one had seriously tried to wipe out a newsgroup like this before.

12. Didn't a CoS lawyer try to delete ARS?

*** Here you go:
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.config/msg/a8bbf4ca497633c6

* Control: rmgroup alt.religion.scientology * Newsgroups:
alt.config,alt.lotto.players,alt.lotto.players.ctl * Path:
uunet!cs.utexas.edu!howland.reston.ans.net!ix.netcom.com! * netcom.com!hkk
* From: hkk@netcom
* Subject: cmsg rmgroup alt.religion.scientology * Message-ID:
* Followup-To: alt.config
* Sender: hkk@netcom.com (Helena Kobrin) * Organization: NETCOM On-line
Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest) * Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995
22:52:23 GMT * Lines: 17
* Xref: uunet control:1568915
*
* We request that you remove the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup from *
your site.
* The reasons for requesting its removal are: (1) It was started with a *
forged message; 2) not discussed on alt.config; (3) it has the name *
"scientology" in its title which is a trademark and is misleading, as *
a.r.s. is mainly used for flamers to attack the Scientology religion; *
(4) it has been and continues to be heavily abused with copyright * and
trade secret violations and serves no purpose other than condoning * these
illegal practices.
* Please confirm that you have removed this newsgroup from your system. *
Helena K. Kobrin Counsel for trademark and copyright owner

As mentioned earlier 'Path' above reveals that Helena was posting from
Netcom, as is also shown by her Email address.

*** Wendy M. Grossman's article 'alt.scientology.war' (1995) covers the
early days:
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/3.12/alt.scientology.war.html *** and
on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_versus_the_Internet

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Re: Scientology FAQ - Humorous but true
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2010, 16:51 »
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continued from previous post...

13. And the CoS is still hostile to ARS?

ARS is nowadays just a minor front in a still expanding 'war' between the
CoS and its critics which includes pickets, media exposure, law suits and
other activities outside the scope of this FAQ. In 1998-9 another attack
on ARS was made, thousands of spam posts each day that forged the names of
real posters and were dubbed 'sporgeries'. Its only lasting effect was to
attract the attention of more Internet users, as regular readers quickly
learnt how to filter out the spam.

*** Google has some stats on ARS (most frequent posters, monthly number of
posts) at
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/about

14. This is a hate group trying to destroy the Scientology religion.

Was that a question? The CoS says so, yes. Naturally no one here is going
to admit to being a hatemonger or a religious bigot! You'll just have to
read ARS and make up your own mind on this. Amongst critics, opinion
differs about the 'destroy' bit. Some say they are here to stop the
alleged abuses committed by the CoS and are not concerned with scientology
as a set of beliefs. Others do not believe the two can be separated ? any
scientology based organisation is bound to end up as bad as the CoS.
Critics presently have no formal organisation; such bodies have in the
past provided the CoS with targets to infiltrate, undermine and destroy as
was the fate of the Cult Awareness Network and the Lisa McPherson Trust.
The sometimes referred to 'ARS Central Committee' does not exist, being a
humorous reference to CoS paranoia about imagined plots against it.

15. I want to spread the bad news. Is there some simple information I can
pass on to others?

*** What Scientology Won't Tell You: An Information Pack
http://www.xenu.net/archive/infopack/

16. Will posting on ARS cause the CoS to make trouble for me?

If you are a CoS member, post without permission and disagree with CoS
policy or doctrine you will probably be Declared. If you are not a CoS
member or ex-member then simply expressing your opinion is safe enough,
the CoS has too many critics nowadays to pursue them all. The CoS has
however a documented history of attacking its perceived enemies, sometimes
in long term and carefully planned 'dirty tricks' operations. Before doing
anything other than posting you should find out about these.

17.  So what is On Topic for this newsgroup?

Anything connected with Scientology or the Church of Scientology; since
this is supposed to be a newsgroup, news and new information are
particularly on topic.
Posts that are just long reprints from webpages or books about scientology
are on topic but not encouraged, it's better to put in a hyperlink or a
reference.
Some people have been posting here for a long while, have become friends
and can wander off topic to discuss cats, cookery or life on Mars. This is
normal human behaviour.
You may see posts about psychiatry. Scientology beliefs include a strong
dislike of psychiatry; opinion differs on whether this makes psychiatry a
suitable topic for ARS. The posts seem to be intended as spam, as the
posters are not interested in actually discussing psychiatry.

18. Are there do's and don'ts for posting?

*** A page of Netiquette
http://www.newsreaders.com/guide/netiquette.html Crossposting (posting to
several newsgroups at once) is not encouraged; we have enough traffic
without sharing off topic threads with other newsgroups. Please trim or do
not reply to crossposts unless they serve a genuine purpose.
The more readable your post, the more people will read it. This means
doing simple things like not reposting the full text of a long article
just to put a short comment at the end of it (or worse, in the middle),
quoting at least a few lines so it is clear to what you are replying,
separating your text into paragraphs, etc.
If you repost from elsewhere please give full attribution ? author, URL,
date ? preferably at the top. This is polite and saves others from
replying to a quoted writer who doesn't actually read ARS. Please don't
post anything but plain text at less than 75 characters width. No
pictures, no binaries, no HTML, no Word files. Researchers appreciate
easily located Subject lines. Ideal examples for Picket and Media reports:
   Picket report: London, UK 4 December 2007 [UK Media] The Guardian 4
   February 2008 Hackers declare war
Please make allowances for posters who are not native English typists.
Offering fallacious or fraudulent arguments attracts abuse and flaming on
ARS.
*** Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit:
http://www.xenu.net/archive/baloney_detection.html

19. There's a lot of rubbish on ARS, how can I get rid of it?

Newsreaders have a facility for blocking posts from people or about
subjects; this is called killfiling. Google Groups does not. Most ARS
readers have a carefully maintained killfile, this is an unfortunate by-
product of the popularity of the Internet, along with spam filters, virus
checkers and firewalls.
ARS has its share of trolls, the Usenet equivalent of children who throw
stones at windows and then run away. They are best ignored unless in
answering them you have something of interest to say. Some trolls
crosspost as well.
*** A special killfile minibrowser for Google Groups:
http://holysmoke.org/ggf/index.htm
*** A Google Groups killfile addon for the Firefox browser:
http://www.penney.org/ggkiller.html
OSA (Office of Special Affairs in the CoS) remains interested in ARS,
maintaining one or more 'OSAbots' here whose posts are intended to confuse
and deter casual readers. Some pretend to be critics and accuse real
critics of being fake. When a 'flap' is on (some event upsetting to the
CoS) these posts increase for a few days in the hope that they will swamp
normal traffic.
*** A list of suspected OSAbots:
http://home.primus.ca/~ronsharp/circlejerk.html As above, they thrive on
attention. Please only reply to them if you have something new to say
("Scientology sucks!" is not an original concept to this newsgroup); often
they are not actually reading ARS anyway, only posting to it.

20. What is Anonymous?
*** Anonymous is an Internet based community with no leaders or structure:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_%28group%29 Its interest in
Scientology surfaced in a January 2008 YouTube video which set off another
wave of Internet activism against the CoS that entered the Real World the
following month with worldwide monthly protests.

21. Are there other Scientology newsgroups?

alt.clearing.technology (ACT) discusses the beliefs and their application.
It is little used at present.
de.soc.weltanschauung.scientology discusses scientology in German.
free.it.religioni.scientology is in Italian. alt.binaries.scientology
(ABS) is for pictures and such, the others being plain text only
newsgroups. A post to ARS saying 'new picture of Saint Hill Manor on ABS'
is OK. It has poor distribution but you can access it free through
http://www.usenet-replayer.com/groups/alt.binaries.scientology.html There
are also a number of web based discussion boards about Scientology, you
may find these more to your liking than ARS as they are moderated to
remove rubbish:
http://ocmb.xenu.net/ocmb/ the oldest board, closed to new members
http://forum.exscn.net mostly ex-members
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/ Anonymous activism
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/XSO/ ex-Sea Org members only
http://reachingforthetippingpoint.net/
http://www.exscientologykids.com/eskforums/ for younger members/ex-members
http://foros.hispavista.com/cienciologia/57/ Spanish language forum
http://www.scnforum.org/ discussion of the tech and beliefs

22. Is this the only Usenet Scientology FAQ?

No, there have been a number of them in the past;
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/scientology/ archives thirteen of them! Most date
from the mid-1990s and the information in them is nowadays to be found on
web pages or is out of date. There is also a fake unarchived FAQ posted by
OSA.

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Special thanks to Homer Smith for lightlink and the secret masters of
Usenet for keeping ARS alive and kicking the cult since 1991. Reprinting
this FAQ is permitted, encouraged even, provided nothing is omitted
including the header which points to the latest version.

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Re: Scientology FAQ - Humorous but true
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2010, 10:23 »
Good for posting that! When I was posting a lot at ARS, I used to link people to that when they were obviously new and had questions or were confused. It's good for anyone wanting to know more about CoS.
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