The Church of Scientology owns a new, additional publishing house: FORB Publications aka FORB Press.

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The Church of Scientology owns a new, additional publishing house: FORB Publications aka FORB Press.

FORB publishes books in the field of Freedom of Religion or Belief, iincluding New Religious Movements.

The FORB website explains that it is an initiative of the Spanish Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture, and Society, which has been recognized with Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations:





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In turn, the official Scientology Newsroom website states that the Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture, and Society is a "Scientology Foundation," and congratulates it for obtaining Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations:


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The relationship in graphic form:


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I decided to investigate FORB after posting a week ago that the "new" composite book "Scientology: Belief, Practice, Other Religions and Apostates" (published on August 24, 2021) by Bryan R. Wilson (who died in 2004) was published by ‎FORB Publications. Wilson was know for his sympathetic view of New Religious Movements and hostility to "apostate" testimony.

FORB publishes another book by Wilson, as well as a number of books about Scientology and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, including for example:


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I believe that we will see FORB, which is essentially an mprint of the Church of Scientology, publish more books that are sympathetic to New Religious Movements, and particularly to Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard.

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The Church of Scientology owns a new, additional publishing house: FORB Publications aka FORB Press.

FORB publishes books in the field of Freedom of Religion or Belief, iincluding New Religious Movements.

The FORB website explains that it is an initiative of the Spanish Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture, and Society, which has been recognized with Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations:





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In turn, the official Scientology Newsroom website states that the Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture, and Society is a "Scientology Foundation," and congratulates it for obtaining Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations:


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The relationship in graphic form:


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I decided to investigate FORB after posting a week ago that the "new" composite book "Scientology: Belief, Practice, Other Religions and Apostates" (published on August 24, 2021) by Bryan R. Wilson (who died in 2004) was published by ‎FORB Publications. Wilson was know for his sympathetic view of New Religious Movements and hostility to "apostate" testimony.

FORB publishes another book by Wilson, as well as a number of books about Scientology and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, including for example:


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I believe that we will see FORB, which is essentially an mprint of the Church of Scientology, publish more books that are sympathetic to New Religious Movements, and particularly to Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard.

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As noted above, FORB published the "new" composite book "Scientology: Belief, Practice, Other Religions and Apostates" (published on August 24, 2021) by Bryan R. Wilson (who died in 2004).


Scientology: Belief, Practice, Other Religions & Apostates: Wilson, Bryan R.: 9788412362565: Amazon.com: Books


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Significantly, FORB published the book in German on 9//1/21:


Scientology: Glaube, Praxis, andere Religionen und Abtrünnige (German Edition): Wilson, Bryan R.: 9788412362572: Amazon.com: Books


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More attempts at creating anything which divert from the massive amount of bad press that the choich now receives on almost a weekly basis.

"We of the Choich of the Ecclesiastical Rabbits find these heinous attacks against the innocent choich of scientology utterly and completely nonsensical."
 

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Well, isn't that all covert and slimey. :mad:
Yes, covert. FORB is an imprint of the Church of Scientology, yet has the patina of separateness and almost academic objectivity.

The books praising Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard will undoubtedly be camouflaged by being among other books on New Religious Movements and Religious Freedom generally. Indeed, Scientology will also benefit from the latter books.

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A quick note: Generally speaking,"FORB" stands for Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is a universal human right guaranteed by Article 18 of the UN International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

The Church of Scientology was deviously clever in choosing FORB as a name for their new publishing company devoted to publishing books on religious freedom, New Religious Movements, Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard.

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This is one way that the incestuous Scientology -- FORB -- Bitter Winter online magazine ecosystem works.

Massimo lntrovigne is:

(1) the Founder and Managing Director of CESNUR (Center for study of New Religions);

(2) Editor-in-Chief of the web magazine Bitter Winter; and

(3) an author published by FORB, which is owned by the Church of Scientology. See:


Editorial Board | Bitter Winter


The Most Misunderstood Human Endeavor: L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, and Fine Arts (FORB.PRESS): Introvigne, Massimo: 9788494916236: Amazon.com: Books /

As noted above, FORB published the book "We Can Lift This World While Quarantined”: Scientology and the 2020 Pandemic, by Alessandro Amicarelli.

Bitter Winter, a web magazine edited by FORB author Massimo lntrovigne, then does a story that promotes the FORB book “We Can Lift This World While Quarantined”: Scientology and the 2020 Pandemic:

New Religious Movements, COVID-19, and Media: The Case of Scientology


New Religious Movements, COVID-19, and Media: The Case of Scientology


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In summary, the Church of Scientology owns the publisher FORB, which publishes lntrovigne, who in the Founder and Managing Editor of the web magazine Bitter Winter, which promotes FORB books.


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The incestuous Scientology -- FORB -- Bitter Winter ecosystem in graphical form:


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Scientology lifted the world during the quarantine?

Really? LOL

How did they do that exactly?

Oh wait, actually they did!

HOW? By closing all their orgs.

Final comment on that photo of "Volunteer Ministers" marching off to war (above). There is a palpable pathos to it. They are saving the world. They do that by walking around in odd attention grabbing naval and priestly costumes. Or by wearing loud yellow jackets and shirts. Then they hand out "THE WAY TO HAPPINESS" booklets to people at random. More pathos, because the senior management of Scientology violates about 80% of those happiness "precepts" on a regular basis. The Scientology ministers don't know anything about that, and if they knew about it, they wouldn't be concerned.

Because they are very concerned about other priorities. Like posing for photo ops that they can use to try and convince the world that they are doing good things. If Scientologists ever do good things, it's simply a "loss leader" to get folks into the big tent where (over time) the Scientologists can collect over $600K from them.

97.5% of Scientologists leave. They're unhappy.

The 2.5% that remain in the cult are happy, because they still have the billions in donations and they're having huge wins about the inability of the blown ones to ever get a refund.


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More on the incestuous Scientology -- FORB Publishing / Press -- Bitter Winter online magazine ecosystem.

As noted in the OP, the Church of Scientology owns FORB.

As also noted up-thread, FORB published the book “We Can Lift This World While Quarantined”: Scientology and the 2020 Pandemic, by Rosita Šorytė.

Rosita Šorytė is an Associate Editor of Bitter Winter:


Editorial Board | Bitter Winter


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And as also noted up-thread, Bitter Winter published a story promoting Rosita Šorytė's book.

In summary, the Church of Scientology owns FORB, which published the book “We Can Lift This World While Quarantined”: Scientology and the 2020 Pandemic by Rosita Šorytė, who is an Associate Editor of Bitter Winter, which published a story promoting Šorytė's book.

This incestuous Scientology -- FORB -- Bitter Winter ecosystem in graphical form:


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Quite handy having an author who has been dead for seventeen years. No unforeseen problems are gonna come from him.
Bryan Wilson may not have allowed FORB to publish the book were he alive. Nonetheless, I believe that FORB has the permission of the current copyright holders. The copyright lasts for 70 years after Wilson's death in 2004, and thus ends in 2074.

This is probably win-win for the Church of Scientology and FORB on the one hand, and Wilson's estate or descendants on the other hand. The former get to publish works that are supportive of New Religious Movements, including Scientology, and are antagonistic to "apostates," while the latter make royalties (and perhaps a lucrative advance) for old works that otherwise wouldn't be published, much less earn money.

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Here we consider the incestuous ecosystem of the Church of Scientology, FORB Press (aka FORB Publishing), the "academic" journal CESNUR, and author Rosita Šorytė.

Šorytė, an author published by Church of Scientology owned FORB, herself published an "academic" paper in CESNUR defending Scientology: "Labeling Scientology: “Cult,” “Fringe,” “Extremist,” or Mainstream?"

The Church of Scientology owns FORB. See:


https://exscn2.net/threads/the-church-of-scientology-owns-a-new-additional-publishing-house-forb-publications-aka-forb-press.3904/


FORB published Šorytė's book “We Can Lift This World While Quarantined”: Scientology and the 2020 Pandemic. See:


https://exscn2.net/threads/the-church-of-scientology-owns-a-new-additional-publishing-house-forb-publications-aka-forb-press.3904/post-108157


In an obvious conflict of interest, Šorytė published the "academic" paper defending Scientology: "Labeling Scientology: “Cult,” “Fringe,” “Extremist,” or Mainstream?" in CESNUR. See:


https://cesnur.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/tjoc_5_4_2_soryte.pdf


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Defending the Church of Scientology in her paper, Šorytė "suggests" that five different forces are behind the hostility to the church:


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Only conspiracy theories posit that behind certain cultural campaigns there is only one “Big Brother.” I would suggest that behind the hostility to Scientology there are at least five different forces.*

First, new religions enter a crowded market, and they are rarely welcomed by old religions. Nobody likes a new competitor. In Russia, it is pretty much obvious that the Russian Orthodox Church is behind the strongest attacks against Scientology (USCIRF 2020). Nor would it deny it. In other countries, some Catholics and Protestants are not exactly happy that some of their devotees spend a part of their time with Scientology (even if, as I mentioned earlier, Scientology does not ask anybody to abandon their religion). However, their power and influence are rarely as pervasive as the Russian Orthodox Church’s in Russia. And their opinions are divided. Two well-known Italian scholars who have written books and articles emphasizing the positive aspects of Scientology, Aldo Natale Terrin and Luigi Berzano, are both Catholic priests (see Terrin 2017; Berzano 2018).

Second, there are governments and forces in governments, with a problematic relation to democracy, which do not like those who are fiercely independent, insist on thinking with their own head, and live apart from the lifestyle dictated by the official propaganda. Russia, again, is an egregious example of how these independently-minded people, including Scientologists, are treated, and the fact that the headquarters of their religion are in the United States make their predicament worse, because the politicians in power use as a propaganda tool a primitive anti-Americanism. Nor should we dismiss the greed of politicians and bureaucrats who, in “liquidating” religious movements, are also eager to take control of their bank accounts and real estate.

Third, there are secular humanists who had predicted the demise of religion in the 20th or 21st century. While they may have been right in anticipating that mainline churches would lose members (although not everywhere), they were taken by surprise by the emergence of new religions such as Scientology. Hence their strange obsession with the theory that groups such as Scientology are not really growing and are in fact shrinking, or are about to disappear, a theory that is not supported by any reliable statistics (Rigal-Cellard 2019, 107). Although they sometimes ally with religionists trying to protect themselves against competition, secular humanists are widely present in Western anti-cult groups and in the media and cultural establishment, which explains the hostile coverage of Scientology and other new religious movements.

Fourth, there is a growing influx of libertarians and proponents of “new rights” who do not tolerate that people in their right mind may voluntarily decide to join high-demand groups, knowing that they should respect certain rules. These powerful cultural and social movements do not like religion in general, but they become particularly incensed when a religion disciplines those in its ranks who have breached its rules.

While these four groups harass and persecute a number of different religions, Scientology incurred the hostility of a fifth group, which is among the most powerful lobbies on the planet. The financial resources at its disposal are virtually limitless. It is the pharmaceutical lobby. Scientologists likes to mention psychiatry as the source of their troubles, and certainly Scientology’s criticism of psychiatrists in general created powerful enemies. However, I would respectfully suggest that, as much as some of them may have tried to prevent the growth of Scientology in its early years, today psychiatrists are rarely a united front, have different opinions on many subjects, and have both less power and less to lose from Scientology’s campaigns than some pharmaceutical companies.

Consider that Scientology is opposed to the use of psychiatric drugs, and that the corresponding market was evaluated at more than $27 billion in 2020. Since prescriptions of psychiatric drugs boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many became addicted to them, some expect that their sales will reach $40 billion by 2025 (GlobalData 2020).

We should perhaps pause and read these figures again. Everybody who becomes a Scientologist will opt out of this market. And will try to persuade others that psychiatric drugs are harmful. Everybody who ever enters a Scientology building or attends a Scientology event will be exposed to the argument that psychiatric drugs are bad for him, her, and the world in general. Worse, from the point of view of those who sell these products, Scientologists such as Tom Cruise are opinion leaders, and when interviewed they often speak out against psychiatric drugs. As one columnist argued, trying to dismiss Cruise’s arguments by just offending Scientology did not really work out (Navarrete 2005).

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Then, employing the logical fallacies of ad hominem and appeal to motive, avoiding any consideration of the merits -- or her own conflict of interest -- Šorytė concludes that this "is the best proof that [Scientology] is not a “fringe” religion":

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We can suspect that these companies are not attacking Scientology because they have been persuaded by some journalists, or to protect the rights of exmembers “disconnected” from their former friends and relatives. What they are protecting is a $27-billion market, not to mention the fact that Scientology suggests moderation in consuming both prescription and over-the-counter drugs in general. And, since the COVID may almost double the psychiatric drugs market, perhaps we can guess that they are currently increasing their support for anti-Scientology efforts as well.

More generally, what Scientology does is to offer alternative techniques to solve problems normally our medicalized society tries to address with drugs. When these techniques succeed, there is no further need to buy drugs. This does not endear Scientology to pharmaceutical companies.

Indeed, the coalition of those opposing Scientology is so impressive that the fact that it managed to survive is the best evidence that it is a stable organization, in which many have found a new, meaningful way of living they are prepared to defend at the cost of significant sacrifice. It is the best proof that it is not a “fringe” religion.

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In summary, Rosita Šorytė has an obvious conflict of interest in publishing an "academic" paper on an entity, the Church of Scientology, that published her book and pays her through it's subsidiary FORB Press. Šorytė also utilizes both ad hominem and an improper appeal to motive to defend the church.

For these reasons, Šorytė's CESNUR paper "Labeling Scientology: “Cult,” “Fringe,” “Extremist,” or Mainstream?" should be considered for what it is -- i.e., paid propaganda with no academic or other merit.

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*While according to Šorytė "[o]nly conspiracy theories posit that behind certain cultural campaigns there is only one “Big Brother," apparently those who, like Šorytė, posit that five forces are "behind certain cultural campaigns" cannot possibly be conspiracy theorists. Seriously?
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The incestuous ecosystem in graphical form:


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FORB has published the book "The Most Misunderstood Human Endeavor: L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, and Fine Arts" by Massimo lntrovigne in English, French, Spanish, Italian and now Hungarian.


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EIN Presswire: New book about Scientology, L Ron Hubbard and Fine Arts is published in Hungarian


https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/549750479/new-book-about-scientology-l-ron-hubbard-and-fine-arts-is-published-in-hungarian


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/EINPresswire.com/ -- In a recently translated book of Massimo lntrovigne into Hungarian, he explores the ideas of the founder of Scientology on aesthetics and the arts, an important and rarely studied part of his religious worldview.

This book is now available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and now also in Hungarian. Its original title is "The Most Misunderstood Human Endeavor: L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, and Fine Arts"

In his book, published by FoRB Publications, Introvigne further discusses the influence Hubbard had on contemporary artists, whom lntrovigne interviewed in different countries. Hubbard wrote extensively about the visual arts and during the last part of his life, he came to what he described as a codification of the aesthetic theory, which included statements on communication, technique, perfection, color, and rhythm.

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