never talk sex, money, politics or religion

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground, let their spirit ignite a fire within you, to leave this world better than when you found it.

When I think scientologist I think of Tom Cruise jumping on a couch, but I really don’t know much about the religion at all. After watching Going Clear, a documentary based on the book with the same name, it sounds like even scientologists don’t know that much about scientology. Until they’ve paid thousands to do “courses” and then they learn that basically a long time ago humans were placed into coffins and landed on earth, there was something about volcanos, and when we were born the souls of aliens entered our body. All religions have some sort of origin story and this probably isn’t the strangest one out there.

My issues with scientology can be summarised by three points:
– children are taken away from their parents, isolated and raised as part of this religion. Their isolation prevents them from forming their own opinions of what is right or wrong when it comes to religion. They are left defenseless. It also makes it impossible for them to leave the religion because they have not been properly educated or have enough assets to support themselves outside of the religion.
– the way the church bands together in order to harrass people who have spoken out about the church and those that try to leave are extorted.
– I couldn’t figure out how they planned on making the world better. They signed these billion year contracts to make the world better and all they did was clean ships with toothbrushes.

The documentary is designed to argue the fact that scientology should not be classified as a religion because the classification exempts them from taxes. The documentary has a lot of interesting footage of Ron L. Hubbard, inside the scientologist gatherings, Tom Cruise and interviews with members who left the church. The documentary is a one-sided look at the religion, but I now know more about scientology than I did yesterday.

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