What is Scientology?

Main MenuWhat is Scientology? HomeContactScientology NewsBookstoreScientology GlossaryScientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard Links
Scientology: Its Background and Origins
Scientology Principles and Application
The Services of Scientology
Chaplain, Ministerial, Ethics and Justice Services
The Effectiveness of Scientology
Churches of Scientology and Their Activities
Community Activities
Social Reform Activities
World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE)
Social Betterment Activities
The Statistics and Growth of Scientology
A Scientology Catechism
L. Ron Hubbard


On October 1, 1993 the United States Internal Revenue Service issued letters which recognized the tax exempt status of more than 150 Scientology churches, missions and social reform organizations. (CLICK HERE TO READ THIS DOCUMENT)


The IRS recognition of Scientology was a stunning blow to those who had kept the attacks on the Church going for so many decades. Yet despite this, and despite the end to the international campaign of disinformation which had also been waged for so many years, the psychiatrists who had fueled this campaign from behind the scenes continued sniping on other fronts.

One vector of attack was through so-called “anti-cult” groups. For many years, psychiatry had used a variety of antireligious front groups to assault Scientology and other churches, both in the United States and Europe. One of the most notorious of these was the “Cult Awareness Network,” known as CAN.

CAN had been a clearinghouse in the US for false and biased information which was used to incite prejudice, hatred and fear about Scientology and many other religions, both old and new. It was an organization that preyed on the gullible and violated the civil rights of the innocent for financial reward. Its members were continually linked to kidnappings, assaults and rapes.


More statistical facts about Scientology

© 2000-2015 Church of Scientology International. All Rights Reserved.

For Trademark Information on Scientology Services.