It is very obvious that Melton basically shares materials from Scientology's public relations office. There are factual errors in his work, many ommisions, and a minimizing of major legal actions against Scientology. Melton states that L. Ron Hubbard "never claimed the kind of formal academic credentials which the average scientists or physician possesses..." (pg 58) Wrong! In 1958 Hubbard published "The Problem of Work, Scientology Applied to the Work-a-day World", by "L.Ron Hubbard, C.E, PhD." C.E. is the designation for Chemical Engineer.
Melton glosses over the conviction of Scientologists for infiltrating and and stealing IRS materials by saying "In the end, the actual crimes for which they were convicted were relatively minor." Minor? They were sentences to four to five years in jail.
Melton says nothing about one of Scientology's major losses when, at the conclusion of a trail involving Hubbard, Judge Breckenridge stated "The evidence porrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background and achievements..."
No mention is made of the major Supreme Court ruling (Hernandez vs. IRS 1989) in which the Supreme Court denied Scientology the right to deducted "fixed donations" for the many courses required for advancement. And no comment is made as to how the IRS could nullify that finding and give Scientology the right to do so.
Nothing said about the 23,000 persons declared to be suppressive persons, people who Hubbard stated "could be tricked, lied to or destroyed."
Finally, look at the footnotes and sources. The vast majority are from Scientology's own material. Only a Scientology would call this material "objective."