In a book entitled "Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology"
, Sweeney says the "alien space cathedral" is a secret Scientology bunker complex hidden deep in the New Mexico desert. Located near Mesa Huerfanita, N.M., the bunker complex is approximately 47 miles east of Las Vegas, N.M. and three hours north of Roswell, N.M, home of numerous UFO sightings over the past several decades.
Sweeney told the Christian Post
that the complex is home to the writings of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology
. The cathedral, built to withstand any type of disaster including a nuclear blast, was built in the 1980's and contains a vault which houses Hubbard's writings. The vault is protected by three 5,000 pound stainless steel airlocks and contains titanium caskets sealed with argon. The caskets house gold disks which contain Hubbard's writings.
Above ground, two interlocking rings, each containing a diamond shape marking, are visible by the naked eye from space. The markings are meant to guide alien lifeforms known as "Clears" to the location so they can retrieve Hubbard's writings in the event "a nuclear Armageddon wipes out humanity."
Former Scientology member, Chuck Beatty, told
“The whole purpose of putting these teachings in the vaults was so that in the event that everything gets wiped out, someone would be willing to locate them and they would still be there.”
What is Scientology?
According to the official Church of Scientology website
, Scientology is:
"A religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being."
Hubbard founded the church in Los Angeles, CA on February 18, 1954. There are 472 official churches and missions listed on the church's website
, with locations in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, United Kingdom and the United States.
Scientology is perhaps best well known for its celebrity members such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley.
Scientology was first recognized as a church in 1966, however a year later the Internal Revenue Service stripped it of its non-profit church status, claiming it was a commercial enterprise. In 1993, The Church of Scientology regained its non-profit church status.
Sweeney questions the move however, saying
"It strikes me that a church is not the right word for an organisation that places gold in a vault under the ground. In English we call that a bank."
Sweeney's book is set to be released on January 7, 2013.