Church Says Scientologists Don’t Have to Buy New ACC Lectures
Well, that’s what they are saying. No kidding. I wouldn’t have believed it either, but there it was in black and white – in the New York Times.
The article, an Associated Press release, announces that “More than 1,000 unreleased recordings of lectures by L. Ron Hubbard and reams of corresponding writings have been unveiled in the culmination of a 25-year project to locate, restore and transcribe lost pieces of the Scientology founder’s work.”
These, of course, are the ACC Lectures released at New Years – lectures LRH gave during advanced auditor courses in the 1950s and 60s. They are, most of them, highly technical instructions for auditors. Yet in this press release, the Church insists that they are “for everyone” – Scientologists at all levels and even those outside the Church. Really? Good luck to any non-Scientologist trying to understand instructional lectures to advanced auditors. But regardless, there they are – available to “everyone.”
The article notes that these lectures are being shipped out to all Scientology Churches, and adds that “They’re also available for sale to members for about $7,500, a price likely to raise some eyebrows, though the church insists no one will be denied access to the materials simply because they don’t have the money.
“Reading rooms at Scientology centers worldwide, and at its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, are full of members poring over Hubbard’s words…”
Oh, isn’t that special? They are not going to deny you access to these materials simply because you don’t have $7,500.00 to plunk down for the full set. And, according to this account, they have “reading rooms at Scientology centers worldwide” where you can just go in and listen to them.
I’m sure this will be good news for cash-strapped Scientologists. You don’t have to actually buy the set, you can just go in and hear them, for free, at these “Scientology Reading Rooms.” Just like those Christian Science Reading Rooms!
What, you don’t believe it? You don’t think the Church would lie about a thing like this, do you? You don’t think they’d present a false, misleading picture in the press just to look benign and altruistic, do you?
Well, I encourage all Scientologists to take the Church at their word, and prove to themselves that the Church stands by their public pronouncements. When you get those phone calls and visits insisting you buy the ACC lectures, just tell those high-pressure sales people that you’re going to listen to the ACCs in the free Scientology Reading Room!! And you know they’re just going to smile cheerily and say, “Oh, well then, good for you. We won’t be bothering you any more. See you at the Reading Room!”
Then show up at your local Org and ask where the Reading Room is!