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Politics Thomas on 27 Nov 2009 12:36 am

The insanity of religion – Scientology edition

From the video description:

This is a promotional video used to amp people up on “clearing” the planet. Imagine a world run by Scientology. They admit how they fund frontgroups with money from the IAS.

The other side – a BBC report called “Scientology and me” that labels the cult “corrupt, sinister and denagerous”:

Time magazine has been covering Scientology’s insanity for decades:

Scientology : The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power

The Church of Scientology, started by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard to “clear” people of unhappiness, portrays itself as a religion. In reality the church is a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner. At times during the past decade, prosecutions against Scientology seemed to be curbing its menace. Eleven top Scientologists, including Hubbard’s wife, were sent to prison in the early 1980s for infiltrating, burglarizing and wiretapping more than 100 private and government agencies in attempts to block their investigations. In recent years hundreds of longtime Scientology adherents — many charging that they were mentally or physically abused — have quit the church and criticized it at their own risk. Some have sued the church and won; others have settled for amounts in excess of $500,000. In various cases judges have labeled the church “schizophrenic and paranoid” and “corrupt, sinister and dangerous.”

Yet the outrage and litigation have failed to squelch Scientology. The group, which boasts 700 centers in 65 countries, threatens to become more insidious and pervasive than ever. Scientology is trying to go mainstream, a strategy that has sparked a renewed law-enforcement campaign against the church. Many of the group’s followers have been accused of committing financial scams, while the church is busy attracting the unwary through a wide array of front groups in such businesses as publishing, consulting, health care and even remedial education.

One Response to “The insanity of religion – Scientology edition”

  1. on 12 Dec 2009 at 6:14 pm 1.CSpan said …

    ‘This Is the Crusade’: Leaked Scientology Video Features the Voice of Bart Simpson

    That voice comes in the shape of actor Nancy Cartwright who is among other more minor celebrities. The leaked video is about raising money to build Scientology churches and convert as many people as possible. And is genuinely disconcerting.

    The worst thing about the video (which comes via a website called Media Elites) is the forced casualness — the rictus grins, awkward deliberate ethic diversity and ‘hip’ Scientologists that appear using phrases like “a building that we all dig on.” Actually, scratch that, the worst thing is the fact that this is an avowed attempt to spread Scientology to every neighborhood and get as many converts as possible.

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