The Scandal of Scientology
Harassment tactics

By Paulette Cooper

"This letter was received by a man in the mid-west whose son took $550 worth of courses but only paid for $200 of them. The father was then billed for the balance in a letter saying he had "agreed" to pay the other $350. The father wrote back saying he hadn't "agreed" to any such thing, and reported the Scientologists. On October 13, he received the following threats and accusations from a Scientology Reverend:

"Rather than let my lawyers have *all* the fun, I will
write to you this once and straighten you out. I
have a great urge to beggar you to your last pair of
socks, but I will curb the desire a little longer. If
you had the wit of a demented swineherd you
would have read those pieces of literature I so gra-
ciously had sent to not judge people by
yourself. Not everyone is a mass murderer like
yourself. Yes, I know quite a bit about you and
your various projects during the war. And how do
you sleep at night? I hope tis ill...I am expert at
harassment, try me and find out. You are not
strong enough. You are not smart enough. You
haven't the funds to go through long lengthy court
battles. We have. Bigger men than you have done
their best to stop us. They failed. So will you be-
cause you are a blatant moron in comparison. We
joust only with our peers, others - like you - we
will simply gobble more word out of
you and I'll have you investigated. I might anyway.
I have never seen one person yet that resisted
Scientology who didn't have a great deal to hide.
And you evidently won't look at free books sent to
you, so you must, perforce have a great deal to

"The letter continued with more accusations of guilt on the part of the father, along with praise of Scientology and concluded on this ominous note:

"If you want to start a Donnybrook, Buddy, wail
away; to use the argot of the streets I'll just start
my people to work on you and then before long
you will be broke, and out of a job and broken in
health. Then I can have my nasty little chuckle
about you and get back to work...You won't
take long to finish off. I would estimate three
weeks. Remember: I am not a mealy mouthed
psalm [sic] canting preacher. I am a minister of
the Church of Scientology! I am able to heal the
sick and I do. But I have other abilities which in-
clude a knowledge of men's minds that I will use to
crush you to your knees. You or any other wretch
that stands in our way. Cause the list is long, but
their careers are very short of those that have
jousted with us.

"The letter, written on the Church of Scientology letterhead, was signed "with the utmost sincerity possible" by the Reverend Andrew Bagley, organizational Secretary. There was a short P.S. appended: "Don't reply to this letter. If I want to get in touch with you, I'll be able to find you. Anywhere."

P.S. The father paid the bill. P.P.S. His son took approximately $4,500 worth more courses in Scientology, paying for them himself the next time from a $5,000 inheritance."

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