A little quiz to start of with. Was it Scientology or Christianity to which this statement referred:
[T]hey "direct themselves to the weak, the unbalanced, the immature, the rootless, and the mentally or emotionally unstable," and that their "authoritarian principles ... are a potential menace ... to the personality and well-being of those so deluded as to become its followers."
Answer here (19th paragraph if the title doesn't inform you). If you just found yourself hesitating, wondering, why?
Scientology is better than Christianity
Why? Because by a process of avoidance, a Scientologist has never tried to tell me to do anything or told me anything I do is evil. How refreshing. I've heard them talk - and while Scientology doesn't seem sound (to say the least) at its base - its followers - think exercise guru and her acolytes - are pretty much extremely happy with themselves and their achievements and they exude positive energy.
Am I a Scientologist? No. Would I ever become one? Nope, unless under penalty of death and then I would, because all religion is anti-science fantasy fiction anyway - and it's the closest to that ideal.
I am a questarian***.
From everything we've heard and read, was Jesus a better person than L. Ron Hubbard. A silly question - of course. However, the years, as time usually does, may have been kind to Jesus - and there have been a lot of people who had a personal interest in only saying good things about him.
Is Battlefield Earth really really good sci-fi? Yes.
That is, if you're talking about the books - absolutely. L. Ron Hubbard could write.
Is there a long history of misery and brainwashing with Christianity? Yes. Violence unto others? Yes. (And I am quite familiar with its group-think cult aspects.)
Is there a shorter history of misery and brainwashing with Scientology. Yes. Violence unto others? No. (And I am quite familiar with its group-think cult aspects.)