Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why are you doing this? If you listen to the tape Org Board and Livingness, you will hear a datum which applies to Church of Scientology org boards:
    If we don't express the function on the org board, it will be worn unknowingly by everyone.

    The post of "historian" has been left off of every Scientology org board since the beginning. Thus, we all wear that hat. This is an attempt to correct that situation.

    In addition, there have been numerous events over the years which can be classified as "group engrams" in Scientology. The Church of Scientology has made it abundantly clear that, up until now (mid-2013) they do not and will not reveal the full truth about these events, thus making it impossible to resolve these as group engrams. (Example: The Wollersheim case, which the Church persists in referring to as one which the Church won. This is fiction. The Church did not win this case, and in fact had to pay out a sizable settlement to Larry Wollersheim.) This History attempts to resolve that problem as well.

  2. Are you associated with the Church of Scientology? No. Though individual members of the History are Scientologists and some may be members of the Church of Scientology, this effort is not supported or associated with the Church of Scientology. It was started by Scientologists outside the Church.
  3. How do we know your reporting of events is unbiased? That is up to you to determine. It is part of our charter, but only your reading of the articles here will determine whether you believe that claim or not. For our part, we do our best to be unbiased. If you believe otherwise, please let us know why and in what way you think so. Be specific.
  4. Who pays for this effort? You do. Your financial contributions go toward hosting and domain registration costs.
  5. How do we know no one is getting rich on this? Our finances are published on a periodic basis. It should be clear from the figures that no one is getting rich from this effort. Our charter dictates that no one gets paid for work done on the History. It is a volunteer effort.
  6. How come you don't reveal the identity of everyone who "works for" the History? Two reasons:
    1. Some people involved with the history don't want their names associated with the project, for their own private reasons. There is no reason to question their motives and no real need for them to be broadly known.
    2. Being broadly known could lead to members of the history being targeted. They could be targeted in order to sway their objectivity and bias, or to stop them from assisting with the History.
  7. How can we be sure you aren't taken over by some bad guy, like the Church was? You don't. It's up to you and to the members of the History to ensure this doesn't happen, just as it was in the Church. Be vigilant. If you see events happening at the History that seem suspicious, please report them. Be specific.
  8. How do we know this isn't just another front group for the Church of Scientology? You'll just have to take our word for it. Everything on this site would indicate otherwise, but you'll have to judge for yourself whether we represent part of the Church.
  9. Are you guys another religion or trying to become another religion? No and no. Our charter forbids us from becoming a religious entity or corporation. Further, we have no need to become one.
  10. Are you "with LRH"? (For those not aware of it, see the definition.) In general, yes. While publishing the truth about historical events (insofar as we can discern it), the History represents the "with LRH" view of history, if there could be such a thing with regard to a history. We have no reputation to protect, including he Church's or the subject's, or the Independent Field's. If you believe this viewpoint is "biased" with regard to history, please make your argument to us with specifics.
  11. How can you say your history is unbiased when it's written by Scientologists? As covered elsewhere, we do not take the Church of Scientology's viewpoint with regard to historical events. We shall endeavor to detail events objectively and to eschew the lies and cover-ups the Church is prone to. We do use Scientology terminology in the History, but we offer a full menu of definitions on the site. We do not care to protect the reputation of the Church or the subject inself in reporting on events. However, it should be noted that non-Scientologists also often represent a quite biased viewpoint of the history of Scientology.

Paul M. Foster
for the
Board of Directors