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The Grand Scam by Rob Rose Reveals Scientology Founder L Ron Hubbard’s Support of Apartheid

The Grand ScamIn Rob Rose’s book The Grand Scam he investigates Barry Tannenbaum’s con, the largest to be pulled off in South Africa’s history. The book also touches on Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard’s time living in South Africa and his support of apartheid architect Hendrik Verwoed, who was the Prime Minister at the time.

Rose writes that Hubbard’s views on apartheid have been glossed over by Scientologists and he quotes from a letter in which Hubbard says to Verwoed: “you have conceived and created in the Johannesburg townships what is probably the most impressive and adequate resettlement in existence”.

Larry Schlesigner has written about the links explored by Rose, sharing snippets from the book:

Rob Rose writes: “What Scientologists don’t want you to know is exactly what was in those letters to the South African ministers. He continues:

They’ve gone out of their way to airbrush Hubbard’s craven fawning over the apartheid government, specifically, his gushing praise for the father of the racist ideology, Dr Hendrik Verwoerd.

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