A Childhood in Scientology!
"Eine Kindheit in Scientology"
by Joe Cisar
Interpreting Note:The Hubbard quotes in the following text are non-literal. They are not Hubbard's exact words, but a translation from English to German back to English. The sources of the quotes are given, though, so if you want his exact words, you know where to find them if you can find an English-language source. In doing so, the page numbers may not be exact, as they are those of the German-language editions. If anyone wants to take the time to find the literal quotes and send them to me or post them, they can be included in a future revision of this work. This especially applies if you have access to "Have you lived this life before?" or "The Fundamentals of Thought."
A childhood in Scientology means children who were born into
system or who were brought into it when their parents joined the
They were raised according to the fundamentals of this organization and
grew up doing the drills of Scientology. From the time they are infants
they were quashed by a prefabricated thought system that isolated them
from social contact and human interaction in society outside of
Many Scientology parents endeavor to get their children into Scientology's elite Sea Org unit, and to have that be their children's "career." Contained within the Sea Org elite is the RPF Rehabilitation camp, which is the equivalent to a Chinese re-education camp. That is where children are sent when they commit "crimes" in the Scientology sense of the word.
From the above it can be concluded that children are to be punished just as severely as adults and that they would receive punishments which are just as harsh as they are for grown-up.
See also "Brainwashing in Scientology's RPF" page 46
Since the sample directives apply to children as to adults,
to Hubbard, children are monitored and handled with the same policies.
As reported by a young women who left Scientology about her work in the Saint Hill Sea Org, after she finished her 8 am to 4 pm Sea Org courses there was manual work, during which time she was not allowed breaks. Throughout the day there were two breaks to eat, half hour each. Walking was frowned upon - they were urged to jog so that maximum production could be achieved. She practically never went to school, instead she and her friends worked to help build a sauna. In doing so they quite often labored the whole night through, and with little or no sleep would go back to the course the next morning.
Even when she was sick she had to work and take her courses
she was told,
When she tried to flee, she was apprehended by supervisors and locked in a room for hours. Her telephone conversations were listened in upon and her mail was read. She herself had been a part of this system, had monitored other people and opened their mail. She succeeded in getting vacation in Germany by giving the excuse that her father was sick. With the support of the local police and the German authorities, she was able to leave Scientology afterwards, never to return to the Sea Org again. Her story is here, in English:
On page 65 of his book, "Cult Children" ["Die Sektenkinder,"
Verlag, 1996], Kurt-Helmut Eimuth wrote under "Scientology: Conquering
the World with Children" the story of an eleven year old girl who had
be carried away from the "Purification Rundown."
Scientology considers and treats children as Thetans in small
therefore there is no place for childhood in the Scientology system.
such as auditing and dubious communication training exercises, such
at people, is also done by children; in all likelihood it leads to a
of reality and social problems.
In "Child Dianetics," Hubbard said of auditing children:
Auditing for Children
The most telling question of this interrogation
the first one:
Now these first six questions alone are enough by far to give children between the ages of 6 and 12 years a bad conscience, but there are 99 of them, each one of which is suited to give the child a bad conscience.
Here are a few more:
19. Do you have a secret?
35. Have you ever done something you
when you were supposed to be in bed or asleep?
70. Have you ever cried when you
L. Ron Hubbard "Security Checks Children" HCO WW
8 of 21 September 1961
How important it is in Scientology to indoctrinate children at
age to become uncritical fanatics is shown in the following quote:
For the child in question, a childhood in Scientology is the
of no childhood at all. It is more like suiting the child up with a
system and its often brutal, ruthless regulations and directives. In
case the question could be asked of whether freedom of belief might not
have its limits?
very informative Links on this theme:http://lisatrust.bogie.nl/stories/free.htm
(Especially Astra Woodcraft's report)
Child in the hold of Scientologists