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.)
Have people escaped Scientology calling it an evil, insidious lifestyle choice – mostly because they feel they’ve been duped and taken as fools? Yes.
Have more people escaped Christianity, calling it an evil, insidious lifestyle, (which often they were forced into as children) – mostly because they feel they’ve been duped? Yes.
Is Scientology more superficial than Christianity? Only in the respect that it doesn’t have such a rich history behind it. Great beauty has been done in the name of and inspired by Christianity’s symbolism in the arts of course.
By contrast, Scientology very much seems like a personal fulfillment program – art has been done by its followers – they just don’t claim it was done in its name.
Is Scientology creepy? Yes. If there were as many Scientologists as Christians – and as many Christians as Scientologists, then Christianity would be perceived as creepy.
None of this is to preclude that many followers of religion are, in fact, normal, functioning, productive members of society.
They are. They have their faith. Luckily I am out of the competitive part of life that so many followers feel they must take part in that insists their religion is better than others. Religion does not seem to be an equivelancy test for morality.
This transcript of an IRC chat session is always informative, but mostly amusing.
My personal “inversion therapy” Web site is TempleStark.com