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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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#2
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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#3
RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
It deserves scrutiny for its racketeering, never mind its idiotic doctrines. Legal scrutiny.
Those who see only what they wish to see are doomed to rot in the stink of their own perceptions. -- Frank Herbert
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RE: Does Scientology deserve more scrutiny than other religions?
It deserves derision more than most.
The kind of believing engaged in by most Christians we meet is not neutral, truth seeking believing. It isn't acceptance of the best supported conclusion, not submission to the facts. "True believers" believe heroically, they launch their belief at their chosen target with enthusiasm. While thrusting their belief forward they will brook no but-what-if's. Facts which do not conform are not recognized. 'True' belief is drunk with celebrating certainty, no further quest is required .. only the constant parrying with nay sayers.
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#5
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.
I don't believe you. Get over it.
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#6
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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#7
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.
Those who see only what they wish to see are doomed to rot in the stink of their own perceptions. -- Frank Herbert
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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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