From the book you quoted (which is a heck of a good book, by the way, on its own merits -- I read it when it first came out):
By August of 1966, with little other explanation than his
constant inability to stick with anything, a pre-release
prison report mentions that "Manson had no further
interest in academic or vocational training; that he was
no longer an advocate of Scientology..." (p. 146)
He apparently read some books while he was in prison. He got a meter. I'm not sure that would classify him as a Scientologist.
I can own a Bible and a cross, but that doesn't mean I'm Christian. And if I go off on a shooting spree, no church would "admit" that I was a member of their church.
I can criticize the CofS in many ways, but to me this point has always been a red herring.
Okay, a red herring is a term for the Logical Fallacy of presenting an alternative fact that is not sequitur...an effort to direct attention elsewhere off a point that is indefensible, which you may or may not have intended to do above, (gently no doubt, but more abruptly in another thread HERE
- a thread I considered a life or death warning posted to keep old freinds of mine alive) by implying the quote was in the book Im reading, that opened this thread.
Would you provide the page number, that quote is not from the book I quoted, at least I havent gotten to it yet..Sinister Forces by Peter LaVenda, Book Three The Manson Secret that has the forward by Paul Krassner, Editor of the Realist,
is it from another book..perhaps Buglosi's , then please be specific
Ill type a few more words....
"When manson was released in 1967, he went to the Scientology Center in San Francisco. Family member "Little Paul" Watkins, who accompanied him there told me, "Charlie said to them, "I'm Clear"-what do I do now?"
"In Los Angeles, he went to the Scientology Celebrity Center. Now this was more like it. Here he could mingle with the elite. i managed to obtain a copy of the original log entry: "7/31/68, new name, Charlie Manson, Devt., No Address In for Processing = Ethics = Type III." The receptionist-who by Type III, meant "psychotic"-sent him to the Ethics Office, but he never showed up."
"At the Spahn Ranch, Manson eclectically combined his version of Scientology auditing with post-hypnotic technques he had learned in prison, with geographical isolation and subliminal motivation....."