Captain’s Log 5,229
I watched the A&E special series on Scientology last night. Once again, I found the whole thing terrifying. And the more I considered it, the more parallels I drew between Mr. Hubbard and Trump. They both wanted to dupe the people so they just made up a bunch of stupid shit. And people believed them. It worked for Hubbard and it’s definitely working for Trump. It’s all about frightening people so you can control them.
Scientology houses its global headquarters in Hemet, CA. Located about 60 miles north of San Diego, it covers a sprawling 520 acres. It has a full movie studio on campus, several castles for high-end visitors (i.e. Tom Cruise) to use, plus many other things…..including Hubbard’s famous Sea Org group. The Sea Organization is a religious order for the Scientology religion and is composed of the singularly most dedicated Scientologists—individuals who have committed their lives to the volunteer service of their religion. The Sea Organization is a fraternal religious order and is not incorporated. Members of the Sea Organization are therefore wholly responsible to the Church of Scientology to which they are assigned and are responsible, as are all other staff, to officers and directors of that Church. When they are accepted, they sign a billion-year contract to serve the church.
Now….here’s the interesting part. Hemet is also used as a discipline facility to get any wrong-doers back on track. Some people might say “prison.” I would agree with those people. Some have actually managed to escape from the movement, and the stories they tell about the Hemet facility are beyond horrendous.
All 520 acres are surrounded by fencing with barbed wire and other deterrents. They are more designed to keep people IN than to keep people OUT. Kinda like a prison. An undercover reporter for the LA Times got this photo of the perimeter fence a few years ago.
Inside the compound is on the left. Outside is on the right. Get the idea?
I have to say, with Trump looming on the horizon as our next President, I also see our country falling into rule by fear. People who are deemed unpatriotic will be stripped of their citizenship? WTF? If that madman is allowed to pursue his delusions, people WILL be locked up for disagreeing. People WILL be registered for their ethnicity and/or religious beliefs. It’s all in the cards, yet so many people want to give this maniac a “chance” to make good on his promises. He hasn’t ever kept a promise in his entire life, so why should he start now?
Scientology….Donald Trump….Adolf Hitler. WAY too many things in common for me to feel at all comfortable in my own skin. We are headed for very dark times.