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Prison & Religion…

Back in 1970, Harry W. Theriault was a high-security inmate at USP Atlanta, Georgia.  The story goes, he ran across some information that science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard, was in a bar after the war in 1947 with another famous writer, Robert A. Heinlein, and they made a bar bet.

Lafayette Ronald Hubbard

Hubbard is reported to have told Heinlein, forget writing, “The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion.”  Well, he did.  With some comments on Dianetics by Heinlein, Hubbard went on to found Scientology.  Or so the story goes…

Prisoner Theriault, who already had a few escapes to his credit, clearly wouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon.  He created his own idea, an amalgam of a paratestament, declared himself the Messiah–you know, the usual stuff–and certain sacraments.  He called his religion, the Church of the New Song, CONS for short.  Appropriate. more…