Not just a bare faced Messiah… but even more interesting


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By Daily Mail Reporter

The book Scientologists stopped from being published in America for 27-years: Banned biography of L. Ron Hubbard claims leader had bizarre sex-rituals, phony war record and used racist slurs
Bare-Faced Messiah was first published in 1987 but the Church of Scientology has successfully kept it off the shelves for 27-years
Written by British journalist Russell Miller about Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard Alleges that Hubbard lied about his education and childhood in official Scientology biographies
Claims to refute Hubbard’s assertion that he was one of the nation’s first nuclear physicists and a doctor.


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Founder: L. Ron Hubbard led a storied life and an unofficial biography of him by British journalist Russell Miller was kept off the shelves by legal challenges for 27-years

During his research Miller found unpalatable opinions on Chinese people written by the teenage Hubbard

Alleges that Hubbard would observe and documents bizarre sex rituals with a prominent Caltech rocket scientist

Outlines how Hubbard realized branding Scientology as a religion would be better for business concerns


A book Scientologists have kept off the shelves of American book stores for 27-years that alleges church founder L. Ron Hubbard was a fantasist with a predilection for bizarre sexual rituals is finally to be published.

Written by British journalist Russell Miller in 1986, ‘Bare-Faced Messiah’ cuts a swath through the many myths the Scientologist chief built up around himself and exposes him as a charismatic charmer, who targeted celebrity devotees.

Miller alleges that Hubbard lied about his service in World War 2 and that instead of the millions of members the church claims to have – in fact only counts around 25,000 people as followers.

‘Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard’ was published around the globe, but two years of litigation from Scientologists held up the book in the United States.

Now finally, it has been printed by Silvertail Books, with a newly written introduction from Miller.

The biography goes right back to the start of Hubbard’s life in Montana, where Hubbard said he grew up breaking wild horses on his grandfather’s ranch.

However, Miller claims that Hubbard’s grandfather was a ‘small-time veterinarian who supplemented his income renting out horses and buggies from a livery barn.’

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LRH in his office

Writings: L. Ron Hubbard at work – the science fiction writer was responsible for the founding the Church of Scientology in 1952

Hubbard also claimed to have traveled Asia intensively, where he developed his love of philosophy and mysticism after spending time with holy men who thought him to be widly precocious.

However, all Miller could find was evidence of two trips to Asia as a teenager while his father was stationed in Guam.

Hubbard noted that the Chinese could make millions if they turned the Great Wall into a roller coaster but ultimately he despaired because, ‘The trouble with China is, there are too many ch**ks here.’

Hubbard’s early writings with Scientology claimed that he was one of the United States’ first nuclear physicists and also held a medical degree.

Miller discovered during the course of his biography that Hubbard failed the one class he took in nuclear physics and dropped out of George Washington University after his sophomore year and never got a degree.

But not all of Miller’s research was to debunk the man behind the legend.

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Author: Russell Miller wrote Bare-Faced Messiah 27-years ago but it will only be published in the United States this year after legal challenges by the Church of Scientology ended

Indeed, Miller discovered a life well-lived and if he wasn’t exactly attending college, Hubbard was off traveling cross-country in a bi-plane or honing his writing skills.

Hubbard also seems to have embelished the trugh about his service during the Second World War.

According to Scientology teachings, Hubbard served in ‘all five theaters’ of the war, was the first American casualty in the Pacific, survived being machine-gunned and blinded and had commanded American ‘corvettes’ in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

Miller found his wartime record and it revealed Hubbard was a naval lieutenant who in fact oversaw the re-fit of a trawler in Boston Harbor and was relieved of its command before it sailed.

While he was in the Pacific, Hubbard was handed command of an anti-submarine vessel but never left the coast off Oregon.

But the most staggering event of Hubbard’s war was when he fired on Mexican territory for target practice and set off an international incident.

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Hubbard with his children (left to right) Quentin, Diana, Suzette and Arthur at his Sussex home in 1959. They are testing Hubbard’s Electrometer, which he claimed could gauge the reactions of plants to stimuli

Miller alleges that at the wars end, Hubbard met Caltech rocket scientist Jack Parsons, who lived in Pasadena and was a well known eccentric.

Parsons was a devotee of the occult and Hubbard allegedly stole his girlfriend from him.

However, Hubbard also moved into Parson’s home where Miller alleges they would engage in bizarre sex ‘magick’ rituals that followed the teachings of famous British occultist Aleister Crowley.

Miller alleges that with the assistance of Hubbard, Pasons ‘Intended to try and create a ‘moonchild’ – who would be ‘mightier than all the kinds of the earth’, who birth, Crowley had foretold.

When the right woman or ‘vessel’ was identified by Parsons, he would insert his ‘wand’ while the lady was lying on a white sheet smeared with menstrual blood, while the ‘scribe’ – who was Hubbard’ – took notes.

Miller documents the beginnings of what we know now as Scientology.

In 1950, Hubbard, who at this point was a well-known science-fiction author surprised the readers of Astounding Science Fiction with the announcement he had invented a new ‘science of the mind’ called Dianetics.

He produced a book on his theories later and created a buzz of excitement as people tried to experiment with Hubbard’s claim that trauma in life begins in the womb.

In 1952, Hubbard re-branded his vision as Scientology and told his growing band of followers that his teachings could have them re-experience past lives – which could have happened billions of years ago.

Miller documents how Scientology grew and in 1953, Hubbard became concerned by government intrusion into his methods of therapy and suggested to his followers that becoming an official religion would afford them protection.


The Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology, founded in 1954 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, teaches that technology can expand the mind and help solve problems. It claims 10 million members worldwide, including celebrity devotees Tom Cruise and John Travolta

In December that year, he formed the first Church of Scientology in Camden, NJ. Another church in Los Angeles, in February 1954, soon followed.

Miller recounts how Scientology expanded to have its own naval group called the Sea Organization.

The British journalist makes the contentious claim that members of the Sea Organization dished out punishment to other followers for minor mistakes and were even thrown off the side of boats while docked in the Mediterranean.

‘The Corfu locals [in Greece] would gather every morning and watch this thing. Henchman would grab people from the parade and chuck them over the edge,’ Miller said to the New York Post.

Miller told the newspaper that when he interviewed former members, they were clueless as to why they followed the instructions of Scientology.

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Actor and Church of Scientology member John Travolta attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California (left) while (right) Tom Cruise is honored at a hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood

‘I would say to these guys, ‘Why did you do that? Why did you put up with that?’ And they would look at me, and they would shake their heads, and they’d say, ‘You know, I just don’t know.’

Miller also addressed the number of followers Scientology in fact has.

At its peak, the church had 100,000 members, but never the millions it claims according to Miller.

And today, according to the New York Post, that number has fallen to 25,000 active members.

Miller also alleges that Hubbard actively made his church recruit celebrity members such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta so that it remained in the news.

Also investigated was Scientology’s controversial Snow White Program which was engaged by the church’s spy wing known as the Guardian Office.

In 1977 11 top church officials were arrested and sent to prison for trying to steal documents that allegedly contained damaging information about L. Ron Hubbard.

In the aftermath, the church claimed to have reformed, but Miller claims that the Guardian Office was replaced with the Office of Special Affairs.

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The first Scientology church was incorporated in December 1953 in Camden, New Jersey by L. Ron Hubbard

Asked by the New York Post if he had been harassed by any elements of Scientology, Miller said that he had been ‘followed every single day’ and alleges Scientology’s chief private eye, Eugene Ingram tried to set him up as a murderer. In June 1985, American musician Dean Reed died in Berlin after defecting to East Germany. Miller had interviewed him for the Sunday Times hours before he committed suicide.

According to Miller, Ingram said that he was trying to prove Miller was working for MI6 and that he killed Reed for British intelligence.

‘You know the typical paranoia of the church,’ he told the New York Post.

‘And so they put these things together. It was all nonsense, but to them it made perfect sense.’

For his part, Miller to this day is perplexed by the appeal of Scientology.

‘It’s always been an utter mystery to me, a complete utter mystery to me that anybody could read Bare-Faced Messiah and then still take Scientology seriously. I mean, you know, to have a founder with a track record like his doesn’t make any sense to me, but there it is.’

The Church of Scientology refused to cooperate with the books and in his author’s note, Miller wrote, ‘The Church did its best to dissuade people who knew Hubbard from speaking to me and constantly threatened litigation. Scientology lawyers in New York and Los Angeles made it clear in frequent letters that they expected me to libel and defame L. Ron Hubbard.

‘When I protested that in thirty years as a journalist and writer I had never been accused of libel, I was apparently investigated and a letter was written to my publishers in New York alleging that my claim was ‘simply not accurate’. It was, and is.’

MailOnline approached The Church of Scientology said, ‘The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled 25 years ago that Miller’s book—dismissed as ‘seriously flawed’ by a BBC researcher producing a program on L. Ron Hubbard—infringed the intellectual property rights to Mr. Hubbard’s unpublished works. Miller’s book then and now remains based on shoddy research and is devoid of integrity. Age has done nothing to improve it.’



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