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09 February 2011 @ 02:35 pm
Paul Haggis and Scientology  

This New Yorker article has one of the most concise breakdowns of what is wrong with Scientology I've ever read... and it's still 26 pages long:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/02/14/110214fa_fact_wright?currentPage=1

Read it.  The whole thing.  Save it.  Scientology is a world-wide cult with real power and influence, and Haggis is exactly right when he says that he'll be discredited; very bad things happen to those who attempt to expose negative materials about the church.

I'm stunned by how incredibly effective the church is at keeping people once it has them; deny children education, extort incredible amounts of debts from hazy sources, constant repetition of dogma, escalating systems of "privileged secrets", separation from family and friends, hazing to excess, the creation of a veil of jargon over basic human behavior in order to mask simple questions (like, "Does this make sense?" or "Is it true?"), all of it spanning decades so that a dedicated member is literally stripped of any means for making a life outside the church.  These things are abuses, but they're also well-known techniques for training social creatures into obsessive approval-seeking behavior.
 
 
 
sleepygoof8784: Working on it Chapelsleepygoof8784 on February 9th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
I did a paper on this in my religion and politics class in undergrad. Because some countries (like Germany and others) refuse to recognize Scientology as a religion and classify it as a cult.

I'm so glad to hear other people talking about this. Because when I wrote my paper in '06 everyone jumped on me being anti-freedom of religion. I'm just opposed to government sanctioned cults. But that is a whole 'nother ball of wax.

What I really hate is that people are being abused and no one seems to realize it or stop it.

I think it's awesome you're making this issue more well known.
Радаdigitalemur on February 9th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Please pass on the St. Petersburg Times coverage of the Church of Scientology as well:

http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/project/

The abuses reported there are incredible. Scroll down-- you want the older 3 part thing first.
Xandre: Gojyo: Heeeeere's Johnny!fox_bard on February 10th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
Scientology gives me the insight as to why Catholics and Huguenots destroyed one another back in the day. I have the same uncivilized, gut reaction to the Scientologists as Catholics did to Calvinists on the eve of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Destroy them all before they further pollute the world with their vile crap which destroys the souls that come under their sway. I'm not saying I'd participate, but I would secretly approve, scary as that sounds even to me.