Scientology Cult in Gross and Wilful Violation of Federal Judge’s Order

The Scientology cult was ordered by US Federal judge Gerhardt Gesell in 1971 to place very explicit and detailed warning labels on each of their special gizmo “E-Meter” devices, as well as on all documents and publications in which the E-Meter is mentioned. The E-Meter is just a primitive lie-detector machine, but to Scientologists it is simply a fantastic apparatus. After a brief initial gesture of compliance, Scientology proceeded to disregard virtually every aspect of Judge Gesell’s ruling.

Some questions and answers.

* Is it important to adhere to a Federal judge’s ruling? Yes.
* Who said Scientology could drastically modify the judge’s explicit order about the warning labels? Nobody.
* Who said they could ignore many aspects of the order? Nobody.
* Is stress a health condition? Yes.
* Who said Scientology could resume using the e-meter as a device for diagnosing health conditions? Nobody.
* Is a sidewalk stress-test with a passers-by “pastoral counseling”? No.
* How about “bona-fide religious counseling”? No.
* Is it “secular use”? Yes.
* Do Scientology web pages and printed materials about the E-Meter and auditing provide the required warnings? No.

Scientology’s E-Meter warning labels of the year 2008 have an extremely mild and watered down version of what Judge Gesell had ordered, and it is affixed to the bottom of the gadget, where no-one is likely to see it anyway. Doing it this way helps Scientology with one of its main cash-cow businesses and recruitment strategies, offering free “Stress Tests” to people on city sidewalks, street-fairs, and other such venues. After the “stress test,” in which the subject is told that yes, he or she is indeed under stress, and that bad things are probably going to happen. The solution, they say, is to buy a copy of their “Dianetics” book for $23, and then come on down to the “org” for some more auditing.

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