Scientology is a religion. Really.

Not been a good week for the clams.

First, Wikipedia locked out Scientology IP addresses, and they’re up in court for fraud in France.

But! I have an assertion for you: Scientology is a religion.

There, I said it. Think about it though: something made up by a bloke, that scams money off people, intimidates them if they try to leave and is based on a ludicrous premise. Heck, a court in the UK says we’re even allowed to call it a cult.

Sounds like a religion to me.

So fine, let’s put it on an equal footing with other sky fairy stories. Worried about tax breaks? Easy, take the breaks away from the others and level the playing field. OK, so milking a few Hollywood nutjobs for millions isn’t going to put them in the Vatican league just yet but there’s plenty of time.

  1. #1 by Tom at June 2nd, 2009

    And the Nazis were a political party. (okay, Godwin.)

    I concede your fundamental point that it’s a religion, and I’d agree with the tax break thing too, but I don’t think an equal footing is right.

    While I don’t particularly like the idea of tax breaks for any religion, I certainly have a problem with having them for a religion that is _also an active criminal organisation_.

    A lot of atrocities have been committed in the past in the name of the major religions, and legitimised by the mainstream branches of those religions. However, Scientology is committing (admittedly smaller-scale) atrocities NOW. They’re committing crimes NOW.

    Plus, I haven’t seen any record of Jesus, Mohamed or even the recent popes, ayatollahs, etc. saying things like “The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them” and the classic “If you want to get rich, you start a religion.”

    That kind of crap demonstrates that the Scientologists really don’t think of themselves as a religion either when it comes down to it. It’s a sham _and they know it_. They also know they can get away with it. Give the catholics, jews and muslims credit: they actually believe in what they’re on about.

  2. #2 by pfig at June 5th, 2009

    yeah, those catholic priests raping kids aren’t committing any crime.

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