Ellen Simonson, an employee of the Psychology Department at the University of Houston wrote an article sharply critical of both Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard. Her critique was published in the school newspaper The Cougar.

Simonson points out that the founder of Scientology didn’t exactly present his bio correctly. According to her research Hubbard was expelled from George Washington University for failing grades and though he claimed to be a “nuclear physicist,” he failed the only physics course he ever took.

It seems the man, who would later denounce mental health professionals, ironically once sought their help and was diagnosed twice as a “paranoid schizophrenic.” Maybe they might have cured his apparent rages. Hubbard “beat, tortured and strangled his wife.” He would later even kidnap his child.

Honesty was also a problem for Mr. Hubbard. He was convicted for petty theft, passing bad checks and sentenced to “four years for fraud.”

Is this the man Scientology celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta tout as their hero? Apparently he was no “Top Gun,” but maybe his official Scientology bio reads like “Pulp Fiction.”

No doubt Scientologists will dismiss the writings of Texan Simonson as the rant of a biased proponent of psychologists and psychology, their avowed enemy. And she might be on the receiving end of one of their “fair game” attacks soon. But whatever they do or say the real history of Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard can’t be changed.


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