Where prejudice exists it always discolors our thoughts -Mark Twain
L. Ron Hubbard has left behind a legacy of racism in his writings and recordings, and even in some of his followers. One can argue that Hubbard was a product of his environment and that his racially "indelicate" words may be overlooked on those grounds: it's a different world now than it was in 1950 when such ideas were common (in dominant white culture!). But even if we were to accept this, it does not negate the fact that Hubbard's prejudices are forever preserved in Scientology's inviolable scriptures.
Racism is only part of Scientology's personality. Church ethics dictate that whatever keeps Scientology working is "good" and whatever stands in its way is "bad". This redefines certain unscrupulous behavior, such as lying, as officially approved action in the pursuit of the Church's goals.
We view the activities of most other religious organizations as examples of beneficial contributions to society (it is on this basis that the IRS grants tax-exempt status to churches, not because they are "bona fide religions"). The Church's motives are, in the least, completely self-serving and often disturbing. Infiltrating organizations, businesses, media agencies, even government offices to influence operations is not an action normally ascribed to "churches". But this is commonplace as Scientology strives to achieve its primary purpose: to clear the planet and impose its authority worldwide. People who oppose its goals are considered suppressive and Scientology would dispose of them quietly and without sorrow.
Why does a church behave in such an unprincipled manner?
To Keep Scientology Working. To gain favorable public opinion. To legitimize and validate itself. To prove the superiority of its "technology". To clear the planet.
Once the world is Clear — a nation, a state, a city or a village — the Scientology-organization in the area becomes its government! And once this has taken place the only policy accepted as valid is Scientology policy.
-L. Ron Hubbard
As more minorities move into and beyond middle-class status, the Church acquires new potential customers to exploit. Scientology benefits doubly from aligning itself with minorities by gaining wider acceptance among this new customer base (thus increasing its possible sources of revenue) and enhancing its visibility in the wider population (thus expanding its influence in society).
But in Bare-Faced Messiah , author Russell Miller writes:
…[L. Ron Hubbard] publicly espoused sympathy for the plight of black majorities in both Rhodesia and South Africa, while privately admitting contempt for them. Blacks were so stupid, … that they did not give a reading on an E-meter.
And in Scientology's Fight for Apartheid: The Secret History of Racism in Scientology , author Chris Owen reports:
The London Daily Mail similarly reported that Rhodesians to whom [L. Ron Hubbard] had spoken had quoted him saying that Africans wouldn't qualify for Scientology membership because their I.Q. was too low.
It is disingenuous of the Church of Scientology to use minorities to further its goals and incredible that the NAACP, representing the very people the Church is exploiting, honors it for doing "so much around the world to help our people".
L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, and Dianetics