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The Scientology Creed, Part One
May 25, 2011, 11:25 pm
Filed under: Philosophical stuff

Do you think it’s possible to hear the same thing 100 times but never quite notice how beautiful it is? I think the Pledge of Allegiance is that way, for Americans anyway. We all learned to recite it but do we even think about what it means?

It’s the same way with the Creed of the Church of Scientology. For anybody who has ever attended a Scientology Sunday Service, you’ve heard it. It’s read at the beginning of every service. But how many have bothered to really read it and really see what it means.

If you haven’t heard it or read it, you can find it here:

The title of this article includes the phrase “Part One”. I thought I would take just a few parts of the document and write about them and maybe take up some more of it later.

The Creed of the Church of Scientology was written by L. Ron Hubbard in 1954, shortly after the first Church of Scientology was formed.

The creed begins with “We of the Church believe” and that phrase applies to the first eleven lines of the creed.

The first line, is:

“…That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights.”

Of course the part about all races, colors and creeds is beautiful. In these days, we expect that everything is going to apply to all races, etc. For most of the history of the world however, in most places, race equality has been unknown. Human rights and prosperity have often been divvied out along racial lines. Possibly in the future, again some races may be greatly favored over others. But I think we’d all be better off if race were not a factor in rights of levels of success.

The last part of this line, “created with equal rights”, is very interesting. It does not say that everyone should have equal rights, or that everyone deserves equal rights. It very precisely says what it says, that all men… were CREATED with equal rights? This is a really beautiful statement and very real. Right now, not everyone has equal rights and not everyone should have. Criminals, convicted and in jail, plainly do not have the same rights as everyone else who is not imprisoned, obviously. They were created with equal rights but later began to lose rights as a direct result of their own actions. It even implies that rights are very precious things that you are created with but that you may or may not have all your life. In the real world, our rights have to be cared for and safeguarded, always.

The next line is “…That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance.”

This one is all about freedom of religion, obviously a good thing. It uses the word “inalienable”, a word also used in the United States Declaration of Independence. The word means, “absolute, inherent. something that cannot be transferred or sold or taken by anyone else.” Inalienable is a very strong word, implying that a right to religion is inherently part of each person, that it cannot be separated from the person by anyone, ever.

Next: “…That all men have inalienable rights to their own lives.

I suppose this could be taken to mean a number of things, including the fact that slavery is wrong. And can also just mean that each person has a right to live, and not to have his actual life taken away by another.

“…That all men have inalienable rights to their sanity.”

Now this one is very interesting. Again, not all men are sane, so this is one of those rights you obviously have to protect. I believe that to a large degree this one is directed toward any individuals or groups who might attack or attempt to alter the mental state of other, leading to their detriment. Thus any purveyor of mind-altering drugs would be in violation of this tenet, whether that drug may be cocaine or Ritalin, or any other concoction sold on the street or in the drug store. Governments who engage in brainwashing and mind control efforts would likewise be antipathetic to this point of the creed. There are also more subtle instances where this applies. How one is treated affects his sanity. Forcing someone to live under oppression or suppression or under constant distress and worry, can destroy that person’s hope for sanity. Again, though this is considered a right, each person must fight to maintain it.

And with that, this article (Part One) is done. There is a lot more information in the Creed to discuss so I am looking forward to Part Two.

P.S. The use of the word “men” does not imply “No women”; it simply is the grammatically correct way to represent all people, men and women.

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Did I miss the 2nd “Scientology Creed” ?

I got lost, and will have to make another username and password, I guess.

Here I go… hope it works.

Mary Collins

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