1. "There are genuine (gin-u-waaane) shitkickers all over America. Alaska; well, you betcha. Utah. That’s your Mormon central command. The word moron is built right in. Upset? Tough shit. An entire city and culture centered around a story about a magic angel who transmigrated to upstate New York, 1800 years after the death of Christ, just to reveal the location of some golden plates that would serve to translate a second gospel, like some Mormon Rosetta Stone? Please. And to whom was this revelation made? Joseph Smith. The L. Ron Hubbard of his day. Yeah, that happened, in reality. Because it’s not possible that Smith was either delusional, or a con artist who made it all up."
- Ian Gurvitz, WELCOME TO DUMBFUCKISTAN: The Dumbed-Down
2. "Of course, there can be clear indications that a teacher is not worth paying attention to. A history as a fabulist or a con artist should be considered fatal; thus, the spiritual opinions of Joseph Smith, Gurdjieff, and L. Ron Hubbard can be safely ignored. A fetish for numbers is also an ominous sign. Math is magical, but math approached like magic is just superstition—and numerology is where the intellect goes to die. Prophecy is also a very strong indication of chicanery or madness on the part of a teacher, and of stupidity among his students. One can extrapolate from scientific data or technological trends (climate models, Moore’s law), but most detailed predictions about the future lead to embarrassment right on schedule."
- Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion
3. "America, built on religious contrarianism, has incubated a far wider and more exotic range of votive beliefs than anywhere else on earth, with the possible exception of India. And without wanting to disparage anyone’s fondest faith, America’s big sky and bigger spiritual yearning has led to some truly eye-bulging and belief-suspending premises for salvation. It’s difficult to imagine that the golden plates engraved with the book of Mormon could have been found anywhere but in the New World, or that L. Ron Hubbard would have found a congregation for Scientology. The fervor of religious experience has been a constant throttle and brake on American life, from the witch hunts of seventeenth-century Massachusetts to the New Age pantheistic hedonism and self-help of twenty-first-century Arizona."
- A.A. Gill, To America with Love
6. "Ron Dellums, the Oakland boy who tried to stop"
- Richard Reeves, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II