Q: What is the “Int Ranch” or “Happy Valley School”?
The actual name of this school was Castile Canyon School and it existed from 1990 to 2000 in California. The school was called the “Int Ranch” by its students, all of them kids of Church of Scientology staff members. The school made a media appearance when ex-Scientologist and “Posse” member Jenna Hill pushed out ridiculous claims about her time there. There is a whole website on this at http://castilecanyonschool.org so I won’t go into much more detail.
Endnotes do not save ‘Going Clear’
Friday, January 25, 2:58 PM
Lisa Miller’s Jan. 20 review [“ There are fads and cults. Then there’s Scientology ,” Outlook] of Lawrence Wright’s book “ Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief ” decried bias against religious minorities, yet Wright’s book represents exactly that. Forty pages of endnotes may have impressed Miller, but what they refer to are a collection of stale, unfounded tabloid stories, decades-old false allegations and rank speculation mostly sourced to a handful of bitter individuals kicked out of the church a decade or more ago.
The Church of Scientology has identified more than 200 errors so far in the book, ranging from the wrong year for the marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to the erroneous claim that the church owns a bank and schools in Clearwater, Fla., a claim Wright could have at least attempted to verify via public records. Wright also regurgitates news clippings without mentioning that the claims were later recanted — some under oath — or tossed out during judicial proceedings. So much for “endnotes.”
Miller’s review also failed to note that Wright’s United Kingdom and Canadian publishers chose not to publish the book, which speaks to the quality of his facts, allegations and sources. If a book tells the truth, would any publisher worry?
Millions of Scientologists around the world embrace the religion. Their experiences of happier and more fulfilling lives fuel the church’s international expansion, and our humanitarian programs help thousands daily. Since Wright began his research, we have opened 30 churches worldwide, a dozen in 2012 alone, and a National Affairs Office a half-mile from The Post. Those facts were not in Mr. Wright’s book or his endnotes.
The writer is director of public affairs for the Church of Scientology
Given the insane media reporting today, I wanted to repost something that went on ScientologyMyths.info about a year ago. Here it is:
Church Expansion and Fundraising Activities
Scientologists contribute voluntarily and generously to the Church both for the religious services in which they participate as well as to support the opening of new Ideal Scientology Organizations and the implementation of large‐scale humanitarian and social programs around the world.
A great number of international Church programs, particularly in the fields of drug education and rehabilitation, raising literacy standards and advancing human rights, are funded by grants from the International Association of Scientologists, which raises donations from its members without regard to their participation in any services.
Scientologists contribute because they want to receive the benefit of L. Ron Hubbard’s technology and they want millions of people world over to benefit from it too and thus achieve the Aims of Scientology.
The result of these efforts is unprecedented expansion in the actual delivery of Scientology religious services—an increase of 40 times over previous levels—and the religion now measured in terms of more than 10,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.
It is no surprise this individual is complaining, with orgs reaching into their communities at unprecedented levels. L. Ron Hubbard (LRH) covers this in a Bulletin of 1 May 58 called SIGNS OF SUCCESS:
Whenever we’re really winning, the squirrels start to scream. You can tell if somebody is a squirrel. They howl or make trouble only when we’re winning. — LRH
What follows are applicable LRH references in response to specific claims made by some squirrels who, while claiming to be a “auditors” or “trained”, never did any of the Golden Age of Tech line up, never did the Basics Books and Lectures and wasn’t even around for the ACCs release.
3. Using Policy to Stop
4. International Association of Scientologists
5. Ideal Organizations
6. Donations for new buildings
7. PCs or Pre-OTs doing an Return/Advance Program
8. Length of time on Lower Grades
“Going Clear” is a goal that many Scientologists have. Not so anti-Scientologists like Lawrence Wright and the gang of haters he listens to. They prefer throwing mud and lies on honest and well-meaning people. How lame is that.
Enough said. Those interested, check this out: lawrencewrightgoingclear.com
Update (I opened the comments too):
This is rather amazing information about L. Ron Hubbard that I never knew (no, I won’t thank Mr. Lawrence Wrong for this, but wow…!):
>> Statement: [Pages 23-24]
Wright dredges up a false allegation from a book written over two decades ago that L. Ron Hubbard only went to China once: “Hubbard made two voyages to visit his parents in Guam. One trip included a detour to China… His trip to China, which was organized by the YMCA, lasted only ten days.”
>> True Information: Mr. Hubbard took two trips to Asia.
The first was in May 1927 as he covers in his journal, shown in The L. Ron Hubbard Series, Early Years of Adventure, Letters and Journals. His journal entries are confirmed with ship manifests of the Gold Star. During this voyage, a young L. Ron Hubbard visited ports in Guam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kobe (Japan) and Manila (Philippines). He returned to the United States in July 1927 aboard the USS Nitro as shown in the same L. Ron Hubbard Series volume. (It goes on over some pages, read it yourself: http://www.lawrencewrightgoingclear.com/wright/chapter-2/trip-to-china.html)
Or this one, a nice “fact-checking” failure: http://www.lawrencewrightgoingclear.com/wright/chapter-3/broken-arm.html
And thanks for visiting this blog! I put it up to give you the opportunity to ask questions, about Scientology, Scientologists, David Miscavige and whatever you feel is related to that. If you are here to make statements or raise a fuss, you are violating the only rule this blog has. Otherwise I am very interested about your questions and will do my best to answer them, using documentation and all I know about the subject.
For common questions (“Aliens?,” “Cult?”) be sure to check out ScientologyMyths.info as well.
There were some recent reports about an “Alien Space Cathedral” that Scientogists built. Now if you are a Scientologist you might laugh it off (“aliens”? “cathedral”? WTF?) but keep in mind that most non-Scientologists have no clue about Scientology and just believe about anything. So here is some information: The symbol talked about in the media is the Church of Spiritual Technology’s corporate logo. Because the facility is in such a remote area, the only way to it is by way of a nearby airstrip. The corporate logo is carved into the ground to help pilots find the airstrip, as there is no control tower or air traffic control. The logo is NOT visible from space!
The full story: http://www.scientologymyths.info/aliens/alien-space-cathedral.php