We know that Scientology uses a myriad of techniques in order to lure unsuspecting victims into their “church”. Free stress tests are probably the most common, but even more manipulative methods exist. Narconon is a Scientology front posing as a substance abuse treatment program. The audacity of such a group, one that prohibits any form of psychiatric medicine, using completely unscientific methods to treat very serious conditions, all for the sake of gaining members for their “church” and ultimately making more money. There a few activities more distasteful than this. Just take a look at the extent of the criticisms of their approach.

Well, today I learned of yet another Scientology front. LITE is an English school for foreigners. Here and here you will find an expansive list of the “church’s” schools worldwide.

The LITE program in the Czech Republic states:
“The study technology of L. Ron Hubbard addresses these issues. It’s the first truly functional technology, enabling you to study and understand any subject. It’s not mechanical studying, but true understanding of the material and the ability to use in practice what one has learned.”

Here is what academic researchers think of the “Study Tech“:

  • In a paper entitled The Hidden Message in L. Ron Hubbard’s “Study Tech”‘, Professor David S. Touretzky, Principal Scientist in the Computer Science Department and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University and historian and researcher Chris Owen. MBE, claim that ‘study technology’ is a disguised effort to proselytize for the Church of Scientology. “Scientology jargon and religious beliefs . . . are inseparable from Study Tech.”
  • Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Clark said that the Scientology methods of learning comes to: “Train the child to be either a willing subject of tyranny or to be a tyrant himself.”

Although the media has begun to cover Scientology in the United States and England, their activities are not yet widely known around the rest of the world. The Scientology schools capitalize on people’s lack of awareness and their desire to learn English. Posters and advertisements promoting the LITE school can be found in public transport stations and elsewhere. Several prominent Czech newspapers (Dnes, Metro) have written articles promoting the school probably unbeknownst to its connection to Scientology.

Here is a site in Czech that deals with some of the controversies surrounding the Lite School.


An undercover reporter takes a hidden camera into the London Scientology center. An interesting English documentary from 1995.


The Wise Beard Man Speaks: “Scientology is Afraid of Anonymous”


Here is an excellent video that demonstrates the extent of the worldwide protests against Scientology that took place on February 10th, 2008.

There are two points I would like to make:
1) Most people think Scientology is just a wacky religion. All it takes is a google search and you’ll learn otherwise.
2) One can take a look at the events of the past few weeks and see it as a bunch of “misguided young people” not knowing what to do with their free time. Or one could see it as the beginning of something epic.

And now, the latest from Anonymous:

Note: I know nothing about Anonymous, but I’m interested in this from a media theorist’s perspective. However, I do think Dave is a member of the group.


This has been developing over the Internet for the past few days. I still take great enjoyment in learning about movements such as this online, days before they appear in the television media. Anonymous as been releasing secret Scientology documents, promoting various videos and insider stories of former Scientology members. If you’re interested in any of these things, simply search google and you’ll find what you’re looking for.