And it’s not some old guy (aka: Wannabe Wizard) pulling handles and turning dials.

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Clark Benson is a serial entrepreneur with 5 startups under his belt including an internet exit eCrush to Hearst in 2006.

Clark Benson is a serial entrepreneur with 5 startups under his belt including an internet exit eCrush to Hearst in 2006.

Ranker aims to be the definitive source of rankings on everything from film to sports to food. We believe the opinion of millions is more relevant (and far more predictive) than the opinion of one writer or critic.

It’s our reason for being and hence, muy importante! We are well aware that opinions are subjective, and technically there is no “right or wrong answer” to an opinion-based question… but still. The single biggest reason Clark Benson started Ranker was to get away from the majority of ranked lists being one ‘expert’ review or a random blogger’s opinion.

Ranker lists are built by people who have experience with what they’re ranking… in other words, by the “wisdom of crowds”.

In 2021, Ranker posted a review of Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard. Some of their content was … shall we say, eye-opening.

Scientology Was Inspired By Black Magic, And L. Ron Hubbard Believed He Was The Devil.

Crowley was an English occultist and ceremonial magician.

…what many folks may not know about the science-fiction-novelist-turned-religious-leader is that Scientology is based on black magic. Hubbard discovered the teachings of famed occultist Aleister Crowley and applied them to his own made-up religion. Crowley founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century.

Hubbard became obsessed with the teachings of Crowley after meeting rocket scientist and Satanist Jack Parsons.

Carrying the description of the church of Scientology well into weirdness beyond the “Twilight Zone,” the author at Ranker in another post offers, “12 Surprising Ways Scientology Is Kind of Like the Church of Satan.” Yikes!


L. Ron Hubbard Believed He Was Satan.

Hubbard’s eldest son, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, Jr., left Scientology in 1959. He changed his name to Ronald DeWolf and began to expose his father for the charlatan he was.

DeWolf told Penthouse magazine in a 1983 interview, “Black magic is the inner core of Scientology,” and that Hubbard didn’t worship Satan… “He thought he was Satan.” 

Hubbard May Have Taken Part In Child Sacrifice.

In multiple interviews, Hubbard’s son Ronald DeWolf claimed to have seen his father carrying out a variety of classic satanic rituals. In a 1983 interview with Penthouse, DeWolf said he walked in on his father either committing a child sacrifice or attempting to abort a baby with a clothes hanger. 

Hubbard Wanted To Invoke The Antichrist.

Xenu is discovered in Scientology’s OT III.

Scientology is a shadowy group, and it’s hard to discover exactly what’s in its upper echelons. Most people are aware OT Level III reveals the existence of “Xenu,” an evil alien who Hubbard claimed had trapped our souls on Earth. But there’s a higher OT level that allegedly reveals Hubbard created the Church of Scientology in order to bring about the Antichrist.

In 1988, the first people who paid the $28,000 to go to Level VIII allegedly discovered Hubbard was claiming to be the Antichrist.

Hubbard Tried To Create The “Moonchild” Through Ritual Sex Magic.

While Hubbard was living with rocket scientist/satanist Jack Parsons, the two men attempted to bring upon the “moonchild,” an astral child created through sex magic and then put into a physical womb. Once the child is born, it becomes Babalona warrior goddess.

Hubbard Was Upset His Son Wasn’t The Antichrist.

DeWolf told Penthouse in 1983 that his father tried to abort him when he decided that the boy wasn’t going to bring about Hell on Earth: “According to him and my mother, he tried to do it with me. I was born at six and a half months and weighed two pounds, two ounces. I mean, I wasn’t born: this is what came out as a result of their attempt to abort me. It happened during a night of partying – he got involved in trying to do a black magic number.”

From Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker: “Never public: L. Ron Hubbard Jr.’s devastating 1972 takedown of his father and Scientology.

Nibs was L. Ron Hubbard’s first child, born in 1934, and from about 1952 to 1959 he was a key member of his father’s staff, helping to develop Scientology in its early days.

One thing my father influenced (which most fathers have no effect on) is that my birth would be premature. Although many Scientologists believe that they can remember the details of their birth (and sometimes incidents that happened while they were in the womb), the following information came from my mother, Margaret Louise Grubb whom everyone called “Polly,” and grandmother, Ledora May and not my memory.

My father had a very fiery temper and he was not averse to using his fists as well as his words in order to emphasize a point to my mother. The night before I was born on May 7, 1934, 8:05 A.M., the two of them had a vicious fight after a party, and although my mother was approximately five months pregnant, he beat her up. She went into premature labor and I was born.

It was amazing that I even survived, for I weighed 2 pounds 2 ounces at birth. I was named L. Ron Hubbard, Jr., but immediately nicknamed “Nibs,” for all during my mother’s pregnancy, my grandfather kept asking her “How is his Nibs?” When I was born, they sent him a telegram saying “His Nibs is born,” so it became and still remains my nickname.

The “New Era” Symbol Has Satanic Roots

Many theorists believe that, as a nod to Hubbard’s Satanic inspiration, the New Era logo contains two triangles, each of them with corners at 60 degrees; in Crowley’s numerology 60 becomes 6 and adds up to 666.

“Going Clear” Was Thought Up By Crowley, Not Hubbard. 

Scientology has a hierarchical structure where devotees work their way up to being “clear,” a state where you have no connection to your “reactive mind” or harmful memories from a past life … [but] you have to pay more and more money.

A similar pay structure existed in the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), where students of Crowley had to pay in order to move through the ranks and achieve enlightenment.

Hubbard Pillaged Black Magic To Create Scientology After Aleister Crowley Died.

*DeWolf told Penthouse: “In Scientology [a spell is] stretched out over a lifetime, and so you don’t see it. Black magic is the inner core of Scientology – and it is probably the only part of Scientology that really works.”

The Symbology Of Scientology Is Closely Linked To That Of Thelema.

The symbol for Thelema, a philosophy taught by Crowley, is a series of triangles all intersecting in a clover. It’s visually similar to Scientology’s cross overlaying another cross. The New Era symbol is reminiscent of Crowley and his obsession with Egyptian symbology. 

Hubbard And Crowley Both Used Sex As A Means Of Control.

For Hubbard, sex was a way to control the followers of Scientology. His son said when someone joined the fold, “the first thing we [Scientology] wanted to know about someone we were auditing was his sexual deviations.” 

Crowley And Hubbard Were Both Anti-Psychology.

Crowley wrote that psychoanalysis was “upholding a fraud… psychoanalysts have misinterpreted life, and announced the absurdity that every human being is essentially an anti-social, criminal, and insane animal.”

Hubbard would later write in Dianetics: “We discover psychoanalysis to have been superseded by tyrannous sadism, practiced by unprincipled men… This, then, is the end of the trail for psychoanalysis – a world of failure and brutality.”

Hubbard Claimed Crowley Was His Friend Even Though He Never Met Him.

In 1952, Hubbard was recorded giving a lecture where he said: “It’s fascinating work in itself, and that’s work written by Aleister Crowley, the late Aleister Crowley, my very good friend.”

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