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Monday, December 21, 2015

Age; Hope springs e.

I yield to nobody in my contempt for scientology, but it’s unfair to call it “a pseudo-religious cult”.  It’s a bona fide religion, unanimously certified as such by the High Court  (Church of the New Faith v. Commissioner Of Pay-roll Tax). As the court said, “Charlatanism is a necessary price of religious freedom, and if a self-proclaimed teacher persuades others to believe in a religion which he propounds, lack of sincerity or integrity on his part is not incompatible with the religious character of the beliefs, practices and observances accepted by his followers.“  One inquiry found “its theories to be fantastic and impossible, its principles perverted and ill-founded, and its techniques debased and harmful [and]…… it employs techniques which further its real purpose of securing domination over and mental enslavement of its adherents”. If that’s not a religion, what is?

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