Daily Archives: November 9, 2010

What are your crimes?

I’m sure most of us have seen this XenuTV video in which Mark Bunker was harangued by Scientologists asking “What are your crimes?” Crimes are a big deal for Scientologists – and chances are most of us are guilty of more Scientology crimes than we realize.

Scientology has its own “ethics” and “justice” system, as defined by founder L. Ron Hubbard. In the book Introduction to Scientology Ethics, compiled from LRH policy, Hubbard defined nearly two hundred and fifty separate acts that could be classified as either misdemeanors, crimes, or high crimes. Here is a small sampling.


  • Mistakes resulting in financial loss
  • Disrupting a class or a meeting
  • Refusing an E-Meter check
  • Refusing auditing when ordered by a higher authority
  • Processing (providing Scientology services to) people who associate with known suppressive persons or groups
  • Continued association with squirrels (those who alter Scientology “tech”)
  • Failure to appear before a Committee of Evidence (Scientology trial) as a witness or interested party


Punishment for Crimes was a Committee of Evidence (known among Scientologists as a Comm Ev), essentially a Scientology trial, although the Comm Ev could not result in dismissal or cancellation of any Scientology certificates, classifications or awards. Scientologists who were employees of the Church could be subject to additional penalties, including a temporary 1/3rd reduction in pay.


  • Willful loss, destruction, or theft of property belonging to a Scientology organization
  • Seducing a minor
  • Seducing or stealing another person’s spouse
  • Becoming PTS (being in contact with a suppressive person) without reporting it
  • Impersonating a Scientologist (unless authorized)
  • Spreading destructive rumors about senior Scientologists
  • Holding Scientology materials or policies up to ridicule, contempt or scorn
  • Heckling a Scientology instructor or lecturer
  • Knowingly using Scientology to obtain sexual relations (!!)


Like Misdemeanors, Crimes were punishable by Comm Ev, but the committee could choose to suspend (but not cancel) a guilty party’s certificates, classifications or awards, and staff members could be demoted, and in extreme cases fired and turned over to the police.


In HCO PL 7 March 1965 Issue I, High Crimes are defined as “publically departing Scientology or committing Suppressive Acts.” Supressive Acts were spelled out in HCO PL 23 December 1965, ETHICS SUPRESSIVE ACTS – SUPRESSION OF SCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS – THE FAIR GAME LAW (yes, that Fair Game law). Among them:

  • Murder, arson, disintegration of persons or belongings
  • Mutiny
  • Public disavowal of Scientology or Scientologists in good standing
  • Voting for anti-Scientology laws or legislation
  • Demanding a refund for unused services after leaving Scientology
  • Giving anti-Scientology information to the press
  • Testifying against Scientology in public
  • Maintaining a relationship with a declared Suppressive Person
  • Receiving money from anti-Scientology groups
  • Organizing a Scientology splinter group

As you can imagine, punishment for High Crimes is the most severe, and can include cancellation of all Scientology status, firing for staff members, and the dreaded Supressive Person declare. Getting Declared effectively cuts one off from family and friends in Scientology, because talking to a Supressive Person makes one a Potential Trouble Source (PTS), and being a PTS without reporting it is a Crime.

Nowadays, David Miscavige and his management team appear to be handing out Suppressive Person declares like candy on Halloween. In fact, DM’s obsession with ferreting out so-called “suppressive acts” is largely responsible for the Independent movement as we know it today. (Nice work, Slappy!) Nevertheless, if you understand what Scientologists consider crimes, you’ll understand the choice of wording used by both Independents and Church-goers when they talk about each other (and us protesters).

Obviously, the Scientology system of justice and crimes is one of the major sources of abuse. Luckily, because of the way the Comm Ev works, there is some wiggle room for more mercy in terms of punishment, although little flexibility vis-à-vis what constitutes a Supressive Act and how suppressive persons are to be treated. I’d love to hear Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, or any other Independent talk about how they would overhaul the justice system in a reformed Church of Scientology. I’ll even host it on this blog.

Anyway, now that you know all this, I have just one question: What are your crimes?