Scientology has been denounced by governments, judges, religious leaders, and former members almost since its inception. But Scientology promotes the opinions of only the few individuals that have endorsed Scientology, usually through one of the many front groups.
Media outlets that have reported unfavorably on Scientology include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Premiere Magazine, 60 Minutes, Public Eye, Hard Copy, Inside Edition, The Big Story, and Secret Lives. Their main objectives have been to raise public awareness of mistreatment by Scientology, forced break-up of families, severe financial pressure, fraud and medical quackery.
Judges who have criticized Scientology include Justice Anderson of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia. "Scientology is evil; its techniques are evil; its practice is a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill."
Judge Breckenridge, of the Los Angeles Superior Court. "In addition to violating and abusing its own members' civil rights, the organization over the years with its 'fair game' doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the church whom it perceives as enemies."
Justice Latey, ruling in the High Court of London. "Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious. It is corrupt sinister and dangerous. It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit and has its real objective money and power for Mr. Hubbard."
Kenneth Robinson, the British Minister of Health. "The government is satisfied that Scientology is socially harmful. It alienates members of families from each other and attributes squalid and disgraceful motives to all who oppose it."
What do the large number and high reputation of the people who have criticized Scientology say about the group? Will your Scientology contact mention any of the negative press or judicial opinions to you when you ask? If not, what does that say about Scientology?