The Value of Valor

Dear Mr. Davis:

The following from Lawrence Wright’s article is on the stolen valor issue that I wrote you about yesterday:

At the meeting, Davis and I also dis ­cussed Hubbard’s war record. His voice filling with emotion, he said that, if it was true that Hubbard had not been injured, then “the injuries that he handled by the use of Dianetics procedures were never handled, because they were injuries that never existed; therefore, Dianetics is based on a lie; therefore, Scientology is based on a lie.”

This is a reasonably logical and accurate acknowledgement of the importance of the conspiracy to steal valor for Hubbard.

In the past, Scientology’s reps with a clue have tried to minimize or negate the importance of his military career, his medal claims, his war wounds. The old, “I know Scientology works and it doesn’t matter if Hubbard did X, or didn’t do Y, or said Z.”

You didn’t do that. You laid out what in the Scientology management group bank hangs on Hubbard’s heroism; or really what hangs on Hubbard’s lying, and why you do all you do to make his lies true. That’s exactly what Dianetics and Scientology depend on, making lies true, or getting lies accepted as truth, or illusion as reality.

It was true that Hubbard was not injured, as he claimed to have been injured. It’s true that injuries he claimed to handle by Dianetics, and apparently you present as believing he handled, were never handled, because those injuries never existed. Yes, Dianetics is based on a lie, in fact many lies. And yes, Scientology is based on just as many lies.

Wright has you concluding, “The fact of the mat ­ter is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.” And the fact of the matter is that Hubbard was not a war hero. At least not the myriad medalled war hero he claimed to be, the hero he used to sell lie-based Dianetics and Scientology.

Please take to heart what you said, Mr. Davis, and stop victimizing good people for your lie-based religion.