From History of Man 1952
"Theta clearing is about as practical and simple as repairing a shoe lace.
It is nothing to do with hypnotism, voodooism, charalatanism, monkeyism
or theosophy. Done, the thetan can do anything a stage magician can do in
in the way of moving objects around. But this isn't attained by holding
one's breathe or thinking right thoughts or voting Republican or any
other superstitous or mystic practice. So for the reason I brought up,
rule out, auditor, any mumbo jumbo or mysticism, spiritualism, or religion."
The Creation of Human Ability 1971- page 251:
"Society, thirsting for more control of more people substitutes
religion for the spirit, the body for the soul, an identity for
the individual and science and data for truth. In this direction
lies insanity, increasing slavery, less knowingness, greater scarcity
and less society.
Scientology has opened the gates to a better world. It is not a psycho-therapy nor a religion. It is a body of knowledge which, when properly used, gives freedom and truth to the individual."
(removed from 1974 and later editions for obvious reasons)
Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter
(HCOPL) 29 Oct. 1962, "Religion":
"Scientology 1970 is being planned on a religious organization
basis throughout the world. This will not upset in any way the
usual activities of any organization. It is entirely a matter for
accountants and solicitors."