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The Scientology Creed, Part Two
June 26, 2011, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Philosophical stuff

This is the continuation of an earlier article regarding the Creed of the Church of Scientology. That article discussed the first few points of the creed. Now part two of the series continues where part one left off.

You can find the earlier article here: http://the-daily-doyle.com/2011/05/25/the-scientology-creed-part-one

The Scientology Creed is read aloud at the beginning of every Scientology Sunday Service. While Scientologists and their guests may have heard this dozens of times, most have not taken the time to read it carefully, examine what it says, and see how they can apply it to their own lives.

From http://www.scientology.org:

“The Creed of the Church of Scientology was written by L. Ron Hubbard shortly after the Church was formed in Los Angeles on February 18, 1954. After Mr. Hubbard issued this creed from his office in Phoenix, Arizona, the Church of Scientology adopted it as its creed because it succinctly states what Scientologists believe.”

Framed in that way, it seems important for a Scientologist, and the friends and family members of a Scientologist, to understand its meaning. It’s also vitally important for anybody reading the creed, or for anyone studying anything for that matter, to understand all the words contained in the material. Mr. Hubbard used the term “inalienable” several times, a word which also appears 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 is inherently part of each person, that it cannot be separated from the person by anyone, ever.

The entire text of the creed can be found here: //www.scientology.org/what-is-scientology/the-scientology-creeds-and-codes/the-creed-of-the-church.html

The creed begins with “We of the Church believe” and that phrase applies to the first eleven lines of the creed. My previous article on the creed took up the first four lines, so we begin with the fifth line:

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

This is not the same as the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, referring to the right to bear arms. This is much more basic, covering essentially any method of defense, appropriate to the circumstances. This is simply a clear message that we have a right to be secure in our persons and the right to protect our family and our possessions against anyone intending harm.

“…That all men have inalienable rights to conceive, choose, assist or support their own organizations, churches and governments.”

In limited view, this is the right to vote. But it is much more. The creed asserts that all men have a right to create new groups, join any group they wish, and to promote the survival of those groups. That’s a big deal. Scientologists support anyone’s rights to build and maintain strong groups to accomplish whatever goals they set for themselves. This could be a dangerous thing, right? There have been evil groups. Would a Scientologist defend the rights of the KKK to build a new group in Montgomery? No. The answer would be clearly NO because a group such as the KKK, dedicated to the destruction of another group, would violate other points of this creed, harming others and taking away their rights.

Scientologists do support the general principle that free men (and women) do have the right to be a part of any group. Scientologists know that the evil amongst us is a very small percentage, that man by and large is good, decent and constructive.

“…That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others.”

This is a big one, the freedom to think and communicate freely what you want. It describes my right to pick apart the Scientology Creed and give my opinion on it. Freedom of thought and speech are so fundamental, who would ever think they could be taken away. They can and in many places they are.

“…That all men have inalienable rights to the creation of their own kind.”

This is certainly a beautiful thought, that men and women do have the right to come together and to create the next generation. Again, in our mainly free world, who would ever imagine that this right may be taken away. Again, it has been and is taken away, in various parts of the world.

That’s it for now. Look out for part three.

-Doyle

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It is refreshing and wonderful to have these rights brought to our attention.

We have had a long, long period of time in which we worked for the rights , and now have our Constitution.

We must remember that we can not just hope we will continue to have these rights; we must keep on
supporting our Consititution!!!

Mary

Comment by Mary Collins




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