Originally Posted by antiochian
I have studied many religions, but $cientology is something I know little about. It simply doesn't interest me. I remember watching an episode of 48 Hours or some similar program which featured the "church" and some of the things it did to its own members--scary. Funny how this group attracts all sorts of Hollywood types.
The "Church" of Scientology doesn't really "attract" Hollywood types, it hunts them down. They have "churches" called "Celebrity Centers" which are there specifically for celebrity members. Ex-Scientologists have publicly said that they were literally given lists of celebs to get to join, and then were told to get them involved. I can't think of any true religions which openly hunt for celebrities.
Originally Posted by RedneckDyke
I have seen stuff on TV and in the news about them. About how they send people to boot camps to do manual labor if they aren't good enough. I heard they have cruises where bigwigs get star treatment while the backsliders are also aboard and do the scut work. I dont know if this is true though.
If I wanted to be in a religion founded by a sci-fi novelist I think I'd rather have Ray Bradbury or Heinlein. Anybody but L Ron Hubbord.
In short: The "Church" of Scientology is much worse than you think.
Their doctrine is discriminatory based on race, sexual orientation and gender. They suppress the free speech rights of their critics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Freakout
), they tear families apart (http://www.videosift.com/video/Road-...-protest-video
), they deny their memebers proper psychiatric and medical care, in some instances leading to death (www.whyaretheydead.net
), exploit the mentally disabled and the emotionally unstable with their front groups (DAN! and Narconon), and they force labor on both their adult and child parishoners in the RPF and EPF (http://youtube.com/watch?v=X1kMONflsNs
If I had to recomend a single video series to watch, by the end of the following video I was openly crying, and knew absolutely for sure I was doing the right thing fighting against the CoS:
I urge you to do research on this attrocious group, if only to protect yourselves and your loved ones. I would of course love to have more people involved in our worldwide pickets, but all in all I just want people to stop getting hurt by their abusive policies.
I truly appreciate the questions. CoS tries with all its might to suppress information, and we as Anonymous believe that knowledge is free. Both groups understand that knowledge is empowering.