All of them, those in power, and those who want the power, would pamper us, if we agreed to overlook their crookedness by wilfully restricting our activities.
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She traded one cult of baseless belief for another with a history even more sordid and bloody than the CoS, which last time I checked hasn't launched any holy wars.
Her underlying unresolved need to abdicate her life decisions to another authority, either because she doesn't want the responsibility or needs external approval more than she needs to think critically, is still controlling her life and still motivating her to seek affirmation, direction and meaning from a fantasy source. I don't see how this has improved her situation, except that she's moved from a fringe cult to a majoritarian cult, so she'll be ridiculed less.
What exactly is the real difference between LRH, Pope Benedict, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Paul and Jan Crouch, Peter Popoff, Benny Hinn, etc.? Seems to me money and power acquired from the gullibility of believers to embrace a thin fiction is still the name of the game.
Exactly what is the difference between believing in galactic warlords and wars in heaven? What is the difference between believing LRH is Maetreya and believing Yeshua was the begotten son of the mating of a Canaanite mountain god, Ya, and a Jewish teenager?
When Sciborgs complain about bigotry against their religion, it may be the only legitimate point they have. There's nothing in Scientology that's demonstrably sillier or more baseless than the mythologies of the middle eastern monotheisms that dominate the globe today. the middle eastern monotheisms are older. Where's the distinction other than that?
On what rational grounds does one reject reincarnation, of which there is no proof, but accept without proof the notion of resurrection? On what basis does one accept that Satan made a rebellion in heaven, of which there is no proof, and reject the notion that Xenu solved his population problems with an H-bomb?
Religious authority is just the way the wolves separate
the sheep from their wool, their pastures, and occasionally
their lamb chops, by playing on people's fear of death and
insignificance, or even because people can't
Christians need to get off the Scientologists backs. When the pot calls the kettle black there's always the sour stench of hypocrisy.