Scientology front groups

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The Church of Scientology uses front groups to promote its interests in politics and to make itself appear legitimate. Many of the groups are founded on pseudoscience, named disingenuously, and underplay their links to Scientology.


Following discovery of the Church's Operation Snow White, the FBI's July 7, 1977 raids on the Church's offices produced, among other documents, an undated memo entitled "PR General Categories of Data Needing Coding". This memo listed what it called "Secret PR Front Groups" which included the group Alliance for the Preservation of Religious Liberty (APRL), later renamed Americans Preserving Religious Liberty.[1]

In 1991, Time investigative reporting identified several other fronts for Scientology, including the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), The Way to Happiness Foundation, Applied Scholastics, the Concerned Businessmen's Association of America and HealthMed.[2] The article The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power resulted in years of litigation.

The Cult Awareness Network (CAN) was an organization that provided information on cults, as well as support and referrals to deprogrammers. The organisation was founded in 1978 and was eventually overpowered by the Church of Scientology in a series of lawsuits.[3][4][5] In its place, the Church of Scientology created the organisation called the New Cult Awareness Network.

In 1998, the Boston Herald identified Narconon and the World Literacy Crusade as front groups for Scientology.[6] Other Scientology groups include Downtown Medical, Criminon and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE).

Other organisations with links to the Church of Scientology include EarthLink and Striker Systems.

Known Scientology front groups[edit]

Scientology front groups
Group Founded
Akademie für Management und Kommunikation
ALERT International Inc. 1986
Applied Scholastics 1972
Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) 1988
Author Services, Inc.
Bridge Publications 1981
Citizens for an Alternative Tax System 1990
Citizens Commission on Human Rights 1969
Computer Ethics Institute (CEI)
Concerned Businessmen's Association of America (CBAA) 1983
Criminon 2000
Downtown Medical
Education Alive
Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE) 1981
International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance 1997
Hollander Consultants 1983
Hubbard College of Administration
International Academy of Detoxification Specialists 2001
International Executive Technology Inc.
Irons Marcus & Valko Services
Lead the way to a Drug Free USA
Mace-Kingsley Ranch School 1987
Mojave Academy
Narcodex 2006
Narconon 1966
National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA)
New Cult Awareness Network 1996
New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project 2003
Pur Detox and Recovery
Religious Freedom Watch
Second Chance Program 1995
Set A Good Example (SAGE)
Sterling Management
Stop Torture of Mental Patients (STOMP)
The International Hubbard Ecclesiastical League of Pastors (IHELP)
The Way to Happiness Foundation 1984
U-Man Belgium
World Literacy Crusade 1992
MGE Manangement Group


  1. ^ Kent, Stephen A.; Krebs, Theresa (1988). "When Scholars Know Sin: Alternative Religions and Their Academic Supporters". Skeptic. 6 (3): 36–44. Retrieved 2006-06-06.
  2. ^ Behar, Richard (1991-05-06). "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power". Time. Archived from the original on February 25, 2007. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
  3. ^ Knapp, Dan (1996-12-19). "Group that once criticized Scientologists now owned by one". CNN. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  4. ^ Kent, Stephen A. (January 2001). "The French and German versus American Debate over 'New Religions', Scientology, and Human Rights". Marburg Journal of Religion. 6 (1). Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  5. ^ Russell, Ron (1999-09-09). "Scientology's Revenge - For years, the Cult Awareness Network was the Church of Scientology's biggest enemy. But the late L. Ron Hubbard's L.A.-based religion cured that -- by taking it over". New Times LA. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
  6. ^ Mallia, Joseph (1998-03-03). "INSIDE THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY; Scientology reaches into schools through Narconon". Boston Herald.