Scientology cult collaborator Massimo Introvigne has published a new article “An Endless Controversy: L. Ron Hubbard’s “Affirmations,” which is free to read, parse and laugh or toss cookies at. 1
Introvigne pretends he has proven that:
there is no evidence that [the Affirmations I posted in 2000] is anything more than a fake document written either by [me] or another anti-Scientologist, and not even a very bright one. (p. 67)
To trump up the appearance of proof he has stuffed his article with lies, illogic, infantility, irrelevancies, and pretended ignorance of the actual relevant evidence. Yet, with all those antisocial language and argumentation advantages he still has failed. Not that he gives a flying fig. His “proof” is little more than a vehicle to black PR me for the Scientology sect’s duce. 2
Introvigne claims that he had contacted the Miscavigeites about Hubbard’s Affirmations and “they” “assured” him they “simply don’t have them.” I emailed Introvigne and asked if he would provide his correspondence with the Scientologists. He has not responded.
From: Gerry Armstrong
Sent: November 7, 2021 12:16 PM
Subject: L. Ron Hubbard’s Affirmations
Dear Dr. Introvigne:
You wrote in your just-published article: “An Endless Controversy: L. Ron Hubbard’s “Affirmations:”
In preparations for this article, I contacted the Church of Scientology, and they assured me that “we simply don’t have them.”
Will you please provide your communication or communications that constitute your contact with “the Church of Scientology” concerning the writing widely known as L. Ron Hubbard’s Affirmations, or The Affirmations, or The Admissions, or similar.
Also, please provide the entirety of the communications from “the Church of Scientology” or anyone representing or associated with the “church,” concerning The Affirmations.
The reasons for my request that you provide these communications are manifest.
Thank you very much.
PS: The complete paragraph from which the quote above is excerpted:
We may thus accept that a binder existed. It does not exist anymore. Armstrong claims he has not had access to it for years (Armstrong 2000). In preparations for this article, I contacted the Church of Scientology, and they assured me that “we simply don’t have them.” Critics may object that of course Scientology would not admit having in his archives documents detrimental to Hubbard’s reputation. But, if Scientology was as malicious as its opponents believe it is, it could simply have produced a transcript alternative to the one Armstrong published in 2000, claiming that the handwritten notes are lost but a transcript is still available. A possibility is that, among the more than 10,000 documents Armstrong returned to Scientology, the famous folder was either absent or subsequently got lost. Be it as it may be, we have no ways of knowing.