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As a result of yesterday’s posting, I was pointed to some further information about Ignatius Piazza’s connection to Scientology. Some of the information below comes from a “First Family Members Only” thread entitled Please Beware … ! ! ! on the Front Sight Alumni Board. The rest comes from the public archives of the API list.

Perhaps most importantly, Piazza has repeatedly and clearly stated that Front Sight itself is not and will never be involved with any religion, Scientology included. Based on my own and others’ experience, there is no reason to doubt him on this.

But Piazza himself is another story — and an important one. He does admit that he has been involved in Scientology. He says that he is “Clear,” which means that he has probably spent over $100,000 to reach the alleged state of “total erasure of the reactive mind.” (He also says that he has “attended Scientology services,” although that is trivial.) Strangely enough however, Piazza also claims to be a Catholic.

Piazza also admits that Front Sight uses “some of the business technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard.” He lists other companies who do so as well, including Allstate (which had a disastrous run-in with the management system) and EarthLink (which is under fraud investigations as a result of its deep association with Scientologists). He claims that “Hubbard Business Management is the most used system of management in the world,” but I have a sneaking suspicion that that’s a ridiculously inflated claim.

Perhaps most worrisome is Piazza’s apparent evasion of multiple polite questions as to whether he is or is not a Scientologist. And also worrisome is his apparent denial of being substantially involved in Scientology in this post:

Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.0.20021004103153.03754e60@pop3.norton.antivirus.>
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 10:41:00 -0700
From: Ignatius Piazza <ignatius@frontsight.com>
Subject: API: Re: My last word on this

[...]

Your question of “are you are aren’t you”
cannot be answered “absolutely no” because there are shreds
of minor fact woven into his pack of lies.

I have attended business management courses
using the business management tools of L. Ron Hubbard.
So do Fortune 500 companies.
I have had some Scientology services. So have some of the
most successful people in the world.
That’s were it ends.

[...]

Ignatius Piazza

Obtaining “Clear” is no small feat. It is not “some Scientology services,” but rather part and parcel of being a Scientologist. Perhaps Piazza doesn’t see it that way. Perhaps he doesn’t understand the absurd contradiction of being a “Clear Catholic.” I’m not sure.

I’m going to write him an e-mail tonight, asking him a few blunt questions about his views on and support of Scientology. I’ll explain to him why my professional integrity as a philosopher and relationship with Front Sight requires me to inquire, although I would prefer not to do so.

I do hope this situation resolves well enough. Front Sight is an amazing place for firearms training, after all.

   
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