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and to stop being fucking terrifying
it's a religion like any other religion. you'd never get away with it if it was ____.
you just filled in the blank, validating my point.
signed, your friendly neighbourhood scientologist
the ex-Scientologists who believed in the religion but not the church seemed like decent enough fellas. If you can't see that the the church themselves were basically acting exactly like comedy cartoon villains than, er... yeah...
all I'm saying is scientology is a religion and should be treated the same as any other religion.
We don't recognise it as a religion in this country.
I mean, even if you're not comfortable with the term 'cult', it seems to be more of a sort of highly bureaucratic philosophy or an esoteric strain of capitalist mysticism than a religion per se.
In any case, I don't think you can look at the way that people have been talking about Catholicism recently, for instance, and say that people have offered it an easy ride. If people question Scientology's legitimacy as a religion, I think it's more to do with the fact that it doesn't seems especially close to what most people would define as religion.
Scientology gets an unfair amount of stick, it's no more mental/corrupt than any other religion.
You seem to be confusing a deeply controversial religion with a small fat kid who can't defend himself.
Stealing some stationary to mail a bomb threat to yourself to get someone in prison whom slagged you off is pretty unlike how a "religion" should behave.