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Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
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Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
On one hand, Scientology beliefs are not any more absurd than the beliefs that other religions present.

On the other hand, it was started by a science fiction writer, has copyrights/trademarks in place that "limit outsiders from distorting their intent", and is wildly secretive. It was started in the last century, so a lot of the facts about the origins of the religion are fairly well known.

So while I am an Atheist, and believe that religious mythology are works of fiction; I actually do have a little more bias towards Scientology. To the point where I have to believe that most of it's members join for status reasons, and not because they actually believe it.

What's your take?
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RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
It's really not about their silly beliefs, those are indeed not much more or less idiotic than the mainstream religions. The only real concern is that they tend to exploit and abuse their members (and staff!) more than other mainstream religions.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is a God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Psalm 14, KJV revised edition

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RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
It deserves scrutiny for its racketeering, never mind its idiotic doctrines. Legal scrutiny.
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RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
It deserves derision more than most.
Belief .. is the insistence that the truth is what one would .. wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on the condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. 


Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be.  


- Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
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RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
The belief itself isn't any more insane than other religions. The problem lies in the actions of Scientologists.
What's the difference between God and the Tooth Fairy? I've actually found evidence of the Tooth Fairy doing her job.
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RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
Government/IRS should have never given it religious status. The IRS caved to legal bullying.
God(s) and religions are man made and the bane of humanity. 

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RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
Religious implications be damned, it's a cult. The LDS gang at least gives a veneer of traditional religious sensibilities, but runs a close second in the cult arena next to the Scientology shitstains.
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RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
(30th October 2016, 19:18)Cato Wrote: Religious implications be damned, it's a cult. The LDS gang at least gives a veneer of traditional religious sensibilities, but runs a close second in the cult arena next to the Scientology shitstains.

Not to mention that both have weighed in financially in electoral politics.
http://www.soberrecovery.com/

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RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
No. Scientlogy can be dismissed with merely a cursory examination.
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RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
(30th October 2016, 19:08)Alex K Wrote: The only real concern is that they tend to exploit and abuse their members (and staff!) more than other mainstream religions.

I couldn't care less over the idiots emptying their wallets for Scientology, but by all accounts they manage to park their followers in positions of power. The classic example of a fifth column and a danger for the economy as well as politics.
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