Scientology and kids: L. Ron Hubbard talks about small children as ancient beings - 2017-06-12
On occasion here at the Underground Bunker we've brought you examples of L. Ron Hubbard's lectures. We think it's important to hear the source material for this thing called Scientology and not to rely only on published accounts or interviews about it.
Part of the reason we do that is that we're told often by former members or even other journalists that Hubbard had so much success because he had supernatural skills as a speaker, and cast a spell with charisma that was off the charts. We find those descriptions interesting, because when we listen to his lectures, we hear a bad after-dinner speaker at the local Elks lodge, yukking it up for a small but entirely bought-in audience. But maybe that's just us.
We were reminded of that assessment when Mark "Marty" Rathbun, former top Scientology official, in his most recent video criticized Going Clear author Lawrence Wright for playing fast and loose with Hubbard's lectures, excerpting more than he printed from a particular passage in order to make the point that Hubbard's lectures were generally a mess.