I don't understand why Scientology gets such a bashing. It is just another flawed religion (note the redundancy in that expression). Atheists, Pagans, New Age Travelers... get a similar bashing. I wonder is it because of Christians inability to tolerate others beliefs, since most of the bashing seems to be coming from that sect. Partly, but as a society we have acceptance priorities. We'll easily tolerate traditional beliefs, we might even swallow their stories hook line and sinker, simply because its "normal" to believe, even if they are just as bizarre as Xenu and thetans. And even if we dont believe, we'll still treat them with respect because well, they're a tradition(see Christmas).
Only now are Christians distancing themselves from the Creationist story, much like the way Scientologists are trying to distance themselves from the story of Xenu. Well, outside America anyway. 50% of Americans still believe that they have a bit of Adam and Eve's DNA floating around inside them, or should I say just Adams DNA, Eve was his clone after all. Wait, do they even believe in DNA? Being honest, I have more faith in whatever story L Ron Hubbard ejaculated out of his head one night after a tantric bout of Left hand Path Sex Magick, than any of that Jesus rubbish. And trust me, I very little belief in any of that Dianetics muck.
People point out that Scientology is effectively stealing peoples money, that people have died in suspicious circumstances yada yada... Yeah well, a lot of Catholic priests fucked little boys. Priests who ended up being protected by their superiors for the "good of the Church"... shit happens, it is a religion after all. Where are the videos of wannabe reporters sticking cameras into the faces of Muslims demanding equal rights for Muslim women. Why do we not see BBC reporters bursting into roaring tomatoes over brainwashing within Islam? A very simple reason: "Allahu Akbar", you're dead! Or at least thats the perceived notion, a notion strong enough to brandish Islam with an unfair amount of protection.
I'm not sure, but there must be a conspiracy theory out there outlining how it was Scientologists that organised 9/11. And what if it was, what would it matter. At the end of the day, it was still caused by a group of deluded individuals acting on behalf of a misguided and flawed religion. Let people believe what they want, as long as they are tolerant of others. Very few religions are, even if they say otherwise. Absolutely stir up shit if you wish, just don't pick on group because youre too afraid of the others. Hate all religion equally. I respect everyones faith (note faith and not religion), I find belief fascinating. There are so many mysteries to the universe that one finds it very enjoyable to keep an agnostic mind. I certainly wouldnt knock someone simply because they believed something fantastic or acted a bit kooky. If you want to believe that having anal sex with someone will produce an ethereal being ala Alister Crowley, then more power to you. And hey maybe you're right, maybe thats the meaning to life; just don't force yourself on anyone.
Let people believe what they want, we all die anyway, thats my "religion".
[originally written as part of the Chick Corea & Scientology post]