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crazyjane July 30th, 2015 8:08am

Scientology: A religion or cult-like organization?

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CorblaKhan Team Skynet
08/03/15 9:07 pm

Religions and cults are differentiated only by numbers, as far as I have ever been able to tell.

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
08/02/15 11:10 am

It's a cult. I read some stories about Scientology and they weren't good. Hell, look at Tom Cruise. He got weird since he joined that cult. They don't believe in counseling, antidepressants that type of thing. I read one of L.Ron Hubbard's bo

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
08/02/15 11:12 am

Books out of curiosity. He is a whackjob. If I remember right (it was so long ago that I read it, I forgot what it's about) he thought he was reincarnated from a god or something whacked out thing like that

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
08/02/15 11:22 am

I was wrong. I think I'm thinking of that guy who thought he was going to go on that comet if he committed suicide. Hubbard did do some questionable things tho.

Why can't I delete my "why did I type that?" Comments?

F1Dan Parked in your spot
07/31/15 3:04 pm

Are they tax emempt like all the other religions? If so, yes, if not, cult.

CudOfCow Oregon
07/31/15 3:15 am

I'd say yes and yes. Arent all religions cults?

getupbaby South City
07/30/15 1:22 pm

The only difference between cult and religion is size. The negative connotations associated with the word 'cult' have given it a different social definition. Scientology is big enough to consider it a religion.

MysteryCheese Is it possible to change
07/30/15 9:23 am

I'm sorry, answer choices should have different meanings, you can't just use synonyms

kspells TheOtherOtherside
07/30/15 8:17 am

It's a religion. Religions are recognized by our judicial branch as are cults. One is allowed the other not so much.

Maynard Londor
07/30/15 7:26 am

All religions started out as a cult so...

07/30/15 7:18 am

My theory is that Hubbard, Asimov, Pohl and the rest of the SyFi writers of the time were sitting around drinking and smoking pot, L Ron says; "I bet a case of beer I can make up a religion that thousands of people will pay money to follow" he won.

Maynard Londor
07/30/15 7:27 am

But the more important question is...did he ever get the case of beer?!

07/30/15 7:32 am

I would believe so, people all over the world pay money to be there.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
07/31/15 12:39 pm

Nik, your grandkids are very lucky to have you as a resource / guide through this world. I hope they know that. :)

07/31/15 2:56 pm

Thank you Ender, that means a lot to me.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
07/30/15 6:12 am

I wouldn't really call it either. It's more an expensive life counseling center

TenIron Truckee
07/30/15 6:50 am

Except that when you stop using counseling services, they don't make you ex communicate from other family/friend members in the counseling service. Therefore, cult.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
07/30/15 10:03 am

I was trying to go easy on them by some pointing out what they do is full body counseling, it's not a real religion. It's not about belief in anything

07/30/15 5:26 am

I doubt most respondents know very much about Scientology or about cults for that matter. It's certainly not my place to judge another person's peaceful religion.

SticksandStones Stop fearmongering
07/30/15 9:27 am

Some aspects of it are less than peaceful.

susanr Colorado
07/30/15 5:15 am

It's not a religion by the conventional meaning of the word. They don't worship a supernatural being. It's only a religion if you use a much looser definition, which would also include so many other things as to be essentially meaningless for this

susanr Colorado
07/30/15 5:16 am

comparison, like playing golf, for example.

TenIron Truckee
07/30/15 6:52 am

Xenu wasn't supernatural? L Ron might disagree.

krayzewolf New Hampshire
07/30/15 4:38 am

Pyramid scheme with cult like enforcement.

cowboy Here and There
07/30/15 3:53 am

It's a religion to them. Like Al Gore's global warming is a religion to warmists.

07/30/15 5:47 am

It's science. It's like saying that it's a religion to believe that the earth is round.

cowboy Here and There
07/30/15 5:51 am

Scientology is science? How?

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
07/30/15 1:09 am

imnsho, most religions are cults. Apologies to anyone who may take offense, but resultant from my studies, they are.