Jon Atack: What we have here - in Scientology - is a failure to communicate - 2013-12-14
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and on Saturdays he's helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
Jon, you're going to challenge one of Scientology's essential tenets again, aren't you? Well, let us have it.
JON: The central conundrum of Scientology is in the right to communicate. The Creed of the Church of Scientology states, and emphatically so, "We of the Church believe: That all men have the inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others...and that no agency less than God has the power to suspend or set aside these rights, overtly or covertly."