When L. Ron Hubbard briefly let down his guard and admitted Scientology was all a con - 2016-09-30
We're very happy to see that Steve Cannane's book, Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia has been getting a lot of press since it was released on September 19. Naturally, media reports have tended to focus on celebrity hijinks in the book, as well as recent stories of abuse in Scientology that Steve uncovered.
But one of the things we enjoyed most about Steve's book — and frankly, didn't expect from a book with a focus on Australia — was the tough new look it takes at Scientology's founder, Nebraska-born L. Ron Hubbard.
Cannane takes a brutal look at Hubbard's background, and he seems astonished that given Hubbard's personal history anyone took him seriously at all. In 1948 Hubbard was brought so low, he was prosecuted in San Gabriel Township Court in Southern California for writing bad checks. Steve writes, "Following his visit to the San Gabriel Township Justice Court, Hubbard could have been classified as a petty thief, a con artist, a bigamist, a wife-beater, a dead-beat dad, a valour thief, a malingerer and a liar. Yet his next scheme was to convince others that he had found a way to solve any and all of their life problems. Hubbard was working on a book he would ultimately describe as a 'milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and arch.'"