The Church Of Scientology

The Church Of Scientology has been taking a lot of flack lately, and I’m getting the impression they are wondering why. This is my take on why I think they are being persecuted.

First, before we go any further, allow me state that I find Scientology highly suspect, but on the other hand I find all organized religion to be highly suspect, so I try to keep an open mind about all of them, Scientology included. I used to make fun of the wacky ideas of Xenu and the thousands of thetans we all apparently are filled to the brink with, but over the last year I’ve noticed that all this ‘information’ about Scientology I had been making fun of was found on the internet, nowhere else – not exactly the best place to find unbiased objective information; so, I decided that until I found out more about the actual inner-workings of the Church there was no need to make fun.

However, having said that, here is why I believe people mock Scientology so much: because they all take it so badly. It’s like the kid in school who, when poked with a stick, would erupt into a crying tantrum and beat the ground with feet and fists. It’s funny to see someone freak out, and nobody freaks out faster and louder than the Church of Scientology.

As if that weren’t enough, there is the massive secrecy. The Church of Scientology has all its religious paraphernalia copyrighted, and simply depicting an E-Meter, or some other device, in most publications without permission is enough to have a large lawsuit dropped onto your lap by the Church. Don’t expect any University courses to be delving into the theology of Dianetics and Scientology any time soon.

L. Ron Hubbard was, by most accounts, an extremely paranoid man, and this has filtered into the very foundations of the Church he started; secrecy is part of the foundation of Scientology . . . need an example? Apart from the admittedly suspect info found about Xenu and Thetans on the internet most people cannot even name a single aspect of the Scientology ‘religion’ – is there any actual religion, or is it simply a philosophy? I can tell people at least a bit about Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, and a few other religions . . . but what do I really know about Scientology? That the births are silent? That’s not a lot to go on.

So, Scientology, I urge you, if you don’t want to be treated like a massive cult anymore, its high time you stopped acting like a massive cult.

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3 Responses to “The Church Of Scientology”

  1. Apostasia Gloriana, Keeper of the Weee Says:

    Converting most of Hollywood doesn’t help them either. I believe to most people they seem today’s version of the Free Masons–and that’s not a good thing to be if you want to be taken seriously. Also, Tom Cruise as your most outspoken proponent…now that’s shooting yourself in the foot right there. 😛

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Your skeptcism of all information originating on the internet is very healthy, even in the case of Scientology.

    I, infortunately, have had personal real world experience with them. I used to work for a web hosting company that had one of their detractors as a client. Somehow they got hold of my e-mail address (probably from someone clueless in customer support) and began a months long harrassment campaign to try to get me to remove the offending website.

    I kept telling them I was in no position of authority to do so (I was just a mid level drone) and kept sending them up the chain to management and legal, but they just wouldn’t listen. Then I heard from customer support that they had started asking for my home address.

    I won’t comment on their bizarre beliefs. I don’t think they’re any wierder than any other religion. But I will comment on their lawyers etc.

    Never have I ever had to deal with any group of people as evily thuggish. They were bad even for lawyers. On top of that, they also exuded a deep undercurrent of extreme nuttiness. And I’m not talking about happy friendly discordian type nuttiness. No, I’m talking about creepy scary paranoid nuttiness as exibited by people you see on the bus muttering to themselves while playing with a Bic lighter.

    I’m almost glad that company tanked in 2003. At least the scientologists have stopped bothering me.

  3. Baron von Hoopla Says:

    Great Googly Moogly!

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