Beware of Scientologists Bearing Gifts

March 17, 2021

Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Scientology, Cult

At a meeting last night I was made aware of a conversational English course offered on the MeetUp website that someone had attended, and when they arrived they found out that the course was being run by Scientologists. This type of bait and switch sneakiness is about what we’d expect from Scientology, so I decided to search google and find the course.

I used Scientology’s Auckland address in quotes as my search term - “136 Grafton Road” - and added “site:meetup.com” to restrict my results to just the MeetUp website.

https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Ameetup.com+%22136+grafton+road%22 (opens new window)

I was not prepared for the sheer number of meetings I was shown:

  • Success through Communication
  • Grammar and Communication
  • How to get RID of STRESS!
  • What are the key factors for being successful?
  • How to Keep Yourself and Others Well Workshop

One group appears to have been re-used for meetings on totally unrelated topics, possibly through laziness, and had the following meetings:

  • Communication for Business
  • English Study Group
  • Rubik’s Cube Master Class
  • Predict - Human - Behavior - Seminar
  • FREE movie night Auckland
  • Open House for Coffee 😃

If this was another group I wouldn’t be so suspicious, but Scientology has a long and sordid history of trying to lure people in under false pretenses, and then selling then overpriced books and courses under extreme pressure. There’s a big drive in Scientology to get people through the door, called “body routing”, and I’ve been to the showing of an internal Scientology video where exaggerated numbers were used, boasting of increases in course completion, conversions, body routing and many other metrics Scientology like to measure, inflate and promote. I’m betting that Auckland’s had pressure to improve their stats since they spent millions of dollars opening their new “Ideal Org” building in Auckland, and that these Meetings are a way to boost the numbers of people coming through the door, so that head office can be told of how much better they’re doing now they are doing things the “Hubbard” way.

So, for anyone who lives in Auckland and may be looking for a new social group to join, please beware of any groups in Auckland who operate from 136 Grafton Road.