A Childhood in Scientology!

a translation from the frist version of my Article
"Eine Kindheit in Scientology"

by Joe Cisar

[Child drawing]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 Thetan assumes a baby's body usually about the time it takes its first breath."
L. Ron Hubbard:  "Have You Lived This Life Before?" page 50

A childhood in Scientology means children who were born into the Scientology system or who were brought into it when their parents joined the organization. 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 Scientology.
  Maturing with Scientology's ideology is supposed to be guaranteed in the organization's private kindergartens and schools, where the children are "educated" and "counselled" according to Scientology's point of view. At the earliest possible age, children are drilled by Scientology that Scientology itself and working for Scientology takes top priority. 
This amounts to nothing less than the "clearing" of the planet.

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.

"Any law that applies to the behavior of men and women also applies to children."

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, according to Hubbard, children are monitored and handled with the same policies.

"A child is a man or a woman who has not yet attained full growth."
L. Ron Hubbard, Child Dianetics, Copenhagen 1983

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 because she was told,
"A Thetan can do anything."

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:

"Tanya's Training as the perfect machine"

On page 65 of his book, "Cult Children" ["Die Sektenkinder," Herder Verlag, 1996], Kurt-Helmut Eimuth wrote under "Scientology: Conquering the World with Children" the story of an eleven year old girl who had to be carried away from the "Purification Rundown."

"She cried and, as she later told a doctor, had not been "in control of  her body." She said she had "seen herself from above" and felt like "one  who had died." The girl had    her father to thank for this "out of body" experience. He is a member of Scientology. Every day he had dragged Dorothea and her brother, one year older than herself, to the Scientology center at Karlsruhe. That is where the children say they took courses and the "Purification Rundown." This torture consists of sweating in a sauna for from three to five hours while swallowing handfuls of vitamins. Finally their grandparents told a children's doctor. "The doctor determined that the girl, at such an age, was being cared for mentally and physically in a wholly inadequate manner."

Scientology considers and treats children as Thetans in small bodies, therefore there is no place for childhood in the Scientology system. Procedures such as auditing and dubious communication training exercises, such staring at people, is also done by children; in all likelihood it leads to a loss of reality and social problems.

In "Child Dianetics," Hubbard said of auditing children:

" Of course this technique can be used only after the child has learned how to talk enough to give a coherent account of what he is thinking and feeling."

Auditing for Children

"Children are interrogated about the details of their environment, such as conflict situations at school and with their family, with the questions of the "Security Check Children," used from ages 6 to 12."

 The most telling question of this interrogation is probably the first one:
    1. What has somebody told you not to tell?
    2. Have you ever decided you didn't like some member of your family?
    3. Have you ever taken something belonging to somebody else and never given it back?
    4. Have you ever pretended to be sick (ill)?
    5. Have you ever made yourself sick (ill) or hurt yourself to make somebody sorry?
    6. Have you ever wanted something very much but never told anybody about it?

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:
    14. Have you ever pestered older children or grown people who were trying to work?

    19. Do you have a secret?

    35. Have you ever done something you shouldn't when you were supposed to be in bed or asleep?
    36. Have you ever told others bad stories about someone?
    37. Have you ever tried to make others believe that your parents or teachers were cruel to you?
    38. Have you ever offered as an excuse for something you have done wrong that you are only a child or that you
haven't grown up yet?

    70. Have you ever cried when you should'nt have?
    71. Have you ever been a coward?
    72. Have you every made too much fuss over a little hurt?
    73. Have you ever tried to make your parents believe you were doing better in school than you were?
    74. Have you ever told on anyone?

  L. Ron Hubbard "Security Checks Children" HCO WW Security Form  8 of 21 September 1961

In Scientology-think, children are regarded as the bodies for the next generation:

" It has been been clearly proven that a Thetan is immortal, cannot really experience death nor have it erased by forgetting about it. It is appropriate for the Thetan, who is going to live again, that he urgently try to create something for the future in order to have something to which he can return. Out of this comes the concern about sex. There have to be more bodies for the next life."
L. Ron Hubbard, "The Fundamentals of Thought," page 77

 "This is approximately the spiritual state of mind in which a Thetan usually has discovered that his body is dead. His main thought is take up another body. He can do that by finding a small child that he resurrect to life. But normally he goes into a body at the point in time that we describe as the assumption. In most cases, the assumption occurs several minutes after birth. The baby is born,  and then the Thetan takes the baby.That is the usual procedure. But the Thetan has perhaps already been in the area for a long time. How do Thetans behave who find that they suddenly no longer have bodies? The behave like people. They hang around people until they see a  pregnant woman and then follow her along the street."
L. Ron Hubbard: "Have you lived this Life Before?" page 50

How important it is in Scientology to indoctrinate children at an early age to become uncritical fanatics is shown in the following quote:

"Scientology for children could in practice very well be the most important single area in this religion's efforts."
L. Ron Hubbard: "Handbook for Ministers" Kopenhagen 1980 auf Seite 449

"The cases of tomorrow are the cases of children today. Whole civilizations have changed because somebody changed the children."
L. Ron Hubbard: "Techniken für Kinder Prozessing" in "Ability"  Ausgabe 110 aus 1959 (deutsche  Ausgabe)

For the child in question, a childhood in Scientology is the equivalent of no childhood at all. It is more like suiting the child up with a totalitarian system and its often brutal, ruthless regulations and directives. In this case the question could be asked of whether freedom of belief might not have its limits?

very informative Links on this theme:

(Especially Astra Woodcraft's report)
Child in the hold of Scientologists

UNICEF - Child rights in action

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