Scientology's dirty trick with Einstein
Agency warns about Hubbard sect setting "rat trap" for children
February 24, 2001
by S. Jacobs
"Do you know Albert Einstein?" Absolutely - the physics genius is an idol for many computer kids. And the Scientology sect is now shamelessly exploiting that fact, says Hamburg's Interior Agency.
Its Task Force on Scientology has issued a warning saying that in their new recruitment strategy, Scientologists use the name of the Nobel Prize winner as bait for young people on the city sidewalks, then lure them into the new sect center on Dom Street. Most deceptive: "The recruiting people did nothing to identify themselves as members of the organization," said the agency.
Another trick in the new recruitment strategy used by the Hubbard disciples: passersby are invited into Scientology headquarters with an invitation to take a so-called "harmful substance" test," warned the Task Force. Director Ursula Caberta said, "This 'Purification Program' is the start of a 'Scientology career.' Everyone who has one of these flyers placed in their hands should know that."
Besides Caberta, the Downtown District Office is also making life difficult for the sect. It is currently checking to see if the use of the sauna on 30 Dom Street for hours at a time during the so-called "Purification Rundown" (in which members sweat out their "harmful substances") is permissible under zoning regulations. One possible consideration is that Scientology's sauna program poses a health hazard.
Editorial from Joe Cisar
Scientology's Purification Program
Part of Scientology's Purification Program includes sitting in the sauna for four to five hours a day for days on end.
Temperatures in the sauna may range from anywhere from 140 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (roughly 70 - 95 degrees Centigrade). This may be combined with, among other things, a program of high athletic activity, such as jogging.
Participants have reported that they visit Scientology doctors who tell them that dizziness and hallucinations are normal under those conditions.
As any farmer, athlete or soldier who has been in the tropics knows, too much exposure to heat is hazardous. There is a physical reason for the debilitating effect of heat. Heat breaks things down. If you cook anything long enough, it eventually falls to pieces or evaporates.
In an extreme case, one of the potential side effects of excessive heat is death. People most at risk include those who have taken drugs or drink excessively. Those are exactly who Scientology advertises the program to in getting rid of the "harmful substances" inside of them. There is currently no way of determining how many people suffer health complications while subjected to the physically strenuous health hazards imposed by Scientology during its Purification Rundown.
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