What about the Thetan Wicked Witch of the West
Wasn't that flick BATTLEFIELD EARTH....you know that amazing P.O.S film with John Travolta written or based on a story by L. Ron Hubbard?
Anonymous: 300,000 People To Protest Scientology Sunday
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The anti-Scientology group "Anonymous" told NBC11 Monday it expected more than 300,000 people to join protests expected Feb. 10.
"The campaign is going amazingly -- swimmingly at the moment. We are in the organizational stages," a woman who would not give her name told NBC11. "We are having members of Anonymous from all over the world join the protest at their local church of Scientology at 11 a.m. local time."
The group members said out of the 24 time zones, there are 17 that have Churches of Scientology.
"Of the 24 time zones there are 17 that have a church located in them and we believe our protesting is happening in 15 of those 17," said the group member. "We have a map that people can log in to and say what protest they're going to at the current moment. At last count we expect 300,000 at all the protests. Everyone in the world is invited. We're trying to get support from local organizations."
Anonymous claims the Church of Scientology forces members to have abortions as well as sign over their bank accounts.
"We think it's wrong that they have tax exempt status," the member told NBC11. "We want to to see if we can get that looked into by the IRS -- who ever we can gain the ear of. Are they really a religious organization or a business?"
The member of Anonymous said her organization is attempting to change its approach because it first gained attention as a group of "hackers" and "pranksters."
The group said it now plans to engage in activities that fight against Scientology, but are not considered illegal by the U.S. government. The member told NBC11 that she is not an actual hacker herself, but rather someone providing other means of support to Anonymous.
The member said Anonymous is planning to hold large monthly protests against Scientology at its churches each month until May.
She said the group is drawing up plans for more protests after that.
The group member said Anonymous would hold another large protest two days after church founder L. Ron Hubbard's birthday on March 15.
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I don't see why everyone is ganging up on Scientology. Religion is about belief and who is one to say a particular belief isn't valid while assuming other 1000 religions somehow make sense?
Sure It makes extraordinary claims but thats nothing new in the world of religion.
I'm sold " goes to jump up and down on sofa"
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The bible speaks of Moses parting the Red Sea- scientifically speaking could that actually happen or did a writer of that particular story take some liberties to embelish the truth just a little bit???
some interpret literally others not.. There is plenty of division within a religion.
and your right Scientology looses to other religion because it has little history. Somehow stories of primitive ancient man are more respected.
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I have a simple reason why there is religion. Have you ever heard the saying that the grass on the other side is greener. This is what religion is, the need to believe that when we die that there is something more.
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Just an odd question I would like to toss out.
Do you think Gene Roddenberry (creator of STAR TREK) would have had better luck if he tried to develop a Scientology type religion? I mean he is a much better, more successful science fiction writer than Hubbard.
(Sorry I just can not let go of the fact that I rented and sat down to watch Battlefield Earth with my friends and wasted TWO WHOLE HOURS of my life that I can never get back.)
~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~I think there's a fine line between religion, cults, and faith. Scientology is no religion, it is a cult. Their "cleansing" sessions involve setting someone in a room by themselves and enter staring contests with the scientologists. The first one to react is the weak one. The longer this goes on the closer to a mental breakdown the person undergoes, when then mental breakdown occurs they are succeptable to believing whatever you tell them. Its a brainwashing technique used by our govenment and hypnotists. Religion is a word meaning simply the practice or act of man trying to reach God, a higher plain, or a higher power. Faith is putting belief in God into action. Any belief system that exercises faith takes what they know and reacts. Belief systems that exercise religion is people who don't fully understand why they worship the way they do, that's just how they were told to do it. Cults are the distortion of belief systems who go out of there way to collect your money and for most cults, its done with extreme exercises. For Scientology, people pay high amounts of money to attend these "cleansing sessions" and need the whole mental breakdown to want to go back and give more money. Eventually people willfully give full access to all of their finances to this cult. Without going to the cleansing sessions no one in their right mind would give that kind of information to anyone.
different forms of counseling or belief work for different people. Scientology after all has grown tremendously meaning those who worship it are satisfied and return for more. We live in a country where an individual has the right to choose, a luxury many other countries don't offer. Look at the middle east where Shiite and Sunni communities are constantly at war and recruit mostly through fear and violence.
Money is essential to growth of any organization. Churches collect it.
Today with Internet you can research any organization, cult, religion and make your own conclusions if its right for you. Be my guest sign a check for any amount to support the cause
~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~Yes we do live in a free country which is awesome. The fact that there's no religon of belief system forced upon us by the government is awesome, and I love the fact we can exercise freedom of speech without being persecuted is also awesome. I'm not knocking what people believe in. I'm knocking the organization itself. Who knowingly brainwash there followers and take their money. I might not understand why some people believe in what they do, but I don't judge them for it. I judge any organization that brainwashes people. Religion isn't perfect either. There's a lot of churches out there that do the same, they brainwash their followers in believing they have to give them money to properly worship and that's not how it should be. People should worship because they want to. They should give money because they want to. Not because they feel obligated that the only way they could accomplish worship is to give money. Whether you believe in God, evolution, zen, astrology, whatever... You're free to believe it, you shouldn't be judged for believing it, but you shouldn't be told you HAVE to give your church money to attend, worship, or be accepted.
These same thoughts and beliefs are at the core of most modern religion, with very little change to account for our massive leap in technology and therefore empirical evidence of our surroundings.
Religion attempted to explain what we didn't understand. Now that we understand it, religion is trying to discredit what is right in front of you.
Scientology doesn't lose out to other religions due to a lack of history. History doesn't work in favor of religion. If studied history in fact seals religions fate. There is just no room for religion in modern society. With that said, please, by all means, worship and believe what you like. I will never judge you for it unless you judge me for NOT believing.
Where Scientology loses out is here:
It's based on a Science Fiction book. Sounds pretty straight forward right? Well it is.
I'd love to have a religion based around Star Wars or Indiana Jones but it just can't happen.
Eh ... we're all nuts. Enjoy it.