Scientology Inc.'s "scholar" program - where Scientology Inc. wines & dines, deceives and, sometimes, hires/bribes "scholars" for their "expert" opinion in papers, books, and court testimony - has been in existence since the 1970s. Scientology Inc., and other cults, are largely responsible for the creation of New Religious Movement studies category. Scientology Inc. shill, J. Gordon Melton, proudly claims to have invented the term "NRM" (New Religious Movement) as a substitute for "cult." Melton was long employed by Scientology Inc. He was employed by other cults as well, including the Aum Shinrikyo poison gas cult of Japan. Melton was also a long time defender of the child-sex cult Children of God. Children of God cult members sing a special recorded message to their ailing cult leader, David Berg, who they address as "Dad." J. Gordon Melton not only insisted that Scientology Inc., and the child-sex cult Children of God, and other destructive cults, were not cults, he also insisted that Jim Jones' People's Temple was not a cult, and continued to insist it was not a cult even after over 900 dead bodies were recovered in the wake of the mass suicide-murder of November 1978. Years later, while questioned in court as a paid "expert" witness, he again insisted that Jim Jone's People Temple was not a cult. Jim Jones had been an ally of Scientology Inc., and had been briefed by Scientology's private Intelligence and dirty tricks department. Below Jones, only six months before his overseeing of the mass death in Guyana, spoke of his ally Scientology, and his enemy author Paulette Cooper: 10 June 1978 ___________ Scientology Inc. dictator David Miscavige talks about a new OT level which is done "in a completely exterior state," after one causatively discards the body (commits suicide): January 1986 ________ Jim Jones' last speech: "The relaxation of stepping over to the next plane." 18 November 1978 _________ Although this time period has been brushed under the rug, let us not forget that in the aftermath of the January 1986 Death event, there were Scientologists who were enthusiastically anticipating following in Ron's footsteps and "causatively discarding the body" and going to the next level. Somewhere, out there, are at least several copies of a tape recorded phone conversation from January/February 1986. This recording, which I heard shortly after it was made, and remember fairly well, was between a person (I think now residing in the Netherlands) named George (pretending to be a Scientologist in good standing) and the Executive Director of a Scientology Mission and OT 7. It was the first time that George had conversed with this person after the "Death Announcement." It was extremely strange. The Mission ED thought that it was WONDERFUL that Ron had "causatively discarded the body," and spoke happily - her words - of "doing OT 15, learning to discard the body [like Ron did], and going [after killing the body] to be with Ron." If anyone out there has a copy of this stored away somewhere in his garage, please dig it out and put it on the Net. From this, and other reactions, it was obvious that a portion of the Scientology membership - circa 1986 - had the potential to be happy suicide cultists.