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The South Park episode Trapped in the Closet contained a dramatized explanation (you can skip the first 50 seconds) of the beliefs of Scientology. The video contains in the bottom the disclaimer:


Is it accurate?

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Yes, it's true. Most of this information is available on Operation Clambake which isn't fully indexed because the Cult of Scientology sued Google. You can download the Xenu leaflet put out by Operation Clambake. Wikipedia also covers the Xenu mythology which is also called the Space Opera (mythological event covered in South Park) and other "Incidents" which is the term used to denote the Cult's doctrinal teaching. The Space Opera is also called "Incident 2".

It's pretty well established at this point to be true. The volcano symbolism is even found in Dianetics, the precursor to Scientology and L Ron commented on it saying saying the cover would "key in" the submerged memories of Incident II:

Notice the volcano

I'd highly suggest you check out both of the sources I've given, Operation Clambake, and the Wikipedia article. They're chock full of information and the mythology is too detailed and the status of the story too intricate to include all of it in this answer.

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The only sites you're linking to are xenu.net, and Wikipedia. Are they reliable sources? –  Andrew Grimm Feb 10 '13 at 4:30
@EvanCarroll That's not very reassuring. –  Andrew Grimm Feb 11 '13 at 0:29
@Tjaart Wikinews is user generated content, and El Reg is very unreliable (I know about the latter from its very inaccurate articles attacking Wikipedia). –  Andrew Grimm Feb 11 '13 at 7:32
@EvanCarroll Existing Meta question on Wikipedia: meta.skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/289/104 –  Andrew Grimm Feb 11 '13 at 12:32
@AndrewGrimm : The Register is a proper newspaper. All newspapers run some inaccurate articles. If you don't accept any news as evidence, then what evidence do you accept for a claim about scientology? Only peer-reviewed journals? –  Christian Feb 11 '13 at 12:46
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