Blog: Church of Scientology: 285% Profit Margin on E-Meters - 2014-07-04
The dishonest and greed-driven Church of Scientology purchases dubious "experts" as needed to bolster its phony claims. For instance, the late Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty took a big Scientology payday to argue that L. Ron Hubbard's military records were "sheep-dipped" and that Hubbard had actually won 27 war medals including two Purple Hearts. The fact is that Hubbard never saw one day in combat and was never wounded in combat. Aside from his mere assertion that Hubbard's records had been sheep-dipped, Prouty absolutely failed to ever produce even one shred of evidence to back up his opinion concerning Hubbard's military records. To give the reader an idea of the profundity of Prouty's larger intellectual deficiencies, he denounced both Evolution and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle as being amongst, "the greatest propaganda schemes ever put forth by man." This can be found in Prouty's controversial book Beyond Our Consent, Secret Power, Deception, Abandonment of Freedom in America.
The Church of Scientology has also funded, sponsored, entertained, cajoled, or otherwise persuaded certain credulous and weak-headed religious scholars to turn a blind eye to Church cruelty and greed in favor of embracing a dubious construct called New Religious Movements. This flawed construct favors cults at expense of their victims. These religious scholars have written sanitized fantasies defending Scientology as a valid new religious movement. The erstwhile Scientology crypto-apologist J. Gordon Melton certainly comes to mind as the foremost member of this class of pliable religious scholars.
When the Church of Scientology was working to get tax exemption from the American IRS, it hired several commercial pricing experts to comment on its pricing policies for its books, meter, and jewelry. This was necessary to rebut the IRS' claim that the Church's pricing structure was purely, and only, designed to obtain maximum profits on everything it sold: Books, meters, jewelery, and services.