Scientology critic adds volume to inquiry call

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A leading critic of Scientology is to travel to Australia to support Senator Nick Xenophon’s campaign for an inquiry into the tax-exempt status of the church.

Gerry Armstrong was an ardent believer in the church and its founder, the science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, until he began researching an authorised biography of his hero in 1980.

”There was all this material about him that had been discovered and I thought getting a biography published would be a a way of taking care of all the black propaganda, rumours and lies that had been published about him,” Mr Armstrong said.

”Of course I discovered that the lies that I was trying to debunk were actually the truth and that Hubbard had lied to me and to all of us Scientologists and to the whole world.

”His whole history was a lie. His education, his military record, the antecedence of Scientology, his inveiglement in the occult prior to his creation of Scientology, his family, his daughter, his wife, his expeditions.
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– Source / Full Story: Scientology critic adds volume to inquiry call, Nick O’Malley Investigations, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jan. 23, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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