Chuck Beatty is right: L. Ron Hubbard lofted culty cosmic ideas a decade before 'Dianetics' - 2016-02-15
We have finally done something that former Church of Scientology member Chuck Beatty has been asking us, or really anyone, to do for the longest time. Yes, Chuck, we have finally read L. Ron Hubbard's 1940 short story, "One Was Stubborn."
Beatty is a former Sea Org member who spent one of the longest stints ever in the Sea Org's prison program, the Rehabilitation Project Force. Scientology claims that the RPF is a voluntary program, sort of like a contemplative resort for its workers who need some time for themselves. Every former Sea Org worker we've talked to who went through the RPF described it as a brutal form of imprisonment, sort of like solitary confinement in plain sight. RPFers wear black boiler suits and run from place to place, performing jobs of manual labor while not being allowed to speak to anyone. They eat table scraps, and they have even less contact with the outside world than regular Sea Org workers. Originally, when Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard designed the RPF, it could take months for an inmate to work him or herself out of it. But later it took much longer to get through the RPF. Beatty spent seven years being punished, from 1996 to 2003, and much of that time at a special desert camp in Southern California called "Happy Valley." Chuck once described to us how odd it felt to be confined to Happy Valley and completely cut off from the world on the night of December 31, 1999, knowing that the outside world was celebrating.