The Scientology-Lies Database
About the Database
The Scientology-Lies database is a database of events related to Scientology, its founder L. Ron Hubbard, and its critics.
It is compiled by volunteers, who review existing information about Scientology and identify individual events to place in the database.
Each entry in the database is classified as a particular type of entry, such as Court (relating to one of the many court battles involving Scientology), Picket, and Scripture (relating to the writings of L. Ron Hubbard).
Of course, the database is NOT exhaustive. On the contrary: there is far, far more information available on the web and from other sources. This database merely scratches the surface.
The original intent of the database was to make it a little easier to create and update web pages that deal with a particular subset of information. I originally created the database as part of the Today in Scientology History project. The daily postings to alt.religion.scientology and the Today in Scientology History web page are generated automatically from the database. In the future, the database may be able to serve as an adjunct to other pages: for example, it would be easy to use the database to generate companion pages to the excellent Scientology Associated Deaths and Scientology and Dianetics - Tax Exempt Child Abuse and Neglect pages; the companion pages could be sortable by date, name, or location.
Download the Database
You can download all the information in the database in a single ZIP file, currently around 400K in size; it extracts to a file about 1.7M in size.
I declare my compilation, and any of my own original writing which may be within it, to be in the legal Public Domain. I am grateful to those who have contributed, who have also consented to the distribution of their work in this database. (Particular thanks to Mike O'Connor, who started the Today In Scientology History posts and gave me the idea of picking it up after he stopped.)
I'll try to upload a new ZIP file every month or so, and I'll try to remember to announce the update on the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup.
Please Add to the Database!
Please contribute to the Scientology-Lies database!
You can help by relating your own experiences, or by scouring existing information for database entries. For example, if you were involved in Scientology (either as a Scientologist or a critic), you could create a file listing events from your own life: the date you joined Scientology, the date you became a critic, whatever. Please note that Scientologists are welcome to post events from their Scientology experiences, such as the date you attested to a certain level. I'd like to collect all kinds of information from all kinds of sources. If you choose to excerpt information from web pages or other sources, please let me know before you start, so I can help make sure people aren't working on the same documents at once and duplicating effort.
Since the complete database is distributed on this page, you should be aware that any information you contribute will be copied and distributed to others. You do not need to place your contribution in the public domain, but when you submit information to the database, you are agreeing to have that information distributed along with the rest of the database and posted on web pages that draw from the database. If you wish to contribute without granting that distribution, please contact me.
Soon, a form will be available where you can enter information into the database yourself. (To avoid problems with spammers or other mischief-makers, the information will actually go into a copy of the database, so I can weed out any garbage entries. As a result, information you enter won't appear in the database immediately.)
In the meantime, you can create a text file of database entries, then simply send me the text file. Here's how:
I know that's a lot of information, so if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask me - but please be patient, as I'm often a little slow in replying to e-mail.
If you have suggestions, ideas, or questions about the Scientology-Lies database (including suggestions for a good name for it!), please write me at email@example.com. Suggestions for keywords, entry types, and possible uses for the database are especially welcome.