I will start by saying that I have no problems with peoples desire in following a religion, it is up to them and I can understand why as there are a lot of questions about ‘why we are here’, and ‘where did we come from’? The problem I have is when an organization was blantenly created, under the disguis of a religion, to make as much money by taking advantage of peoples insecurities then that just makes my blood boil! This is why I have a strong feeling of hate when it comes to Scientology.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that Scientology is the only one to focus on as there are a lot of other religions that do the same – for example the Christian Church. The difference is that with the Christian Church greed has taken over and has contradicted the core beliefs of the religion that it is trying to represent.
Now getting back to Scientology – the main reason why this organization (it is not a religion as what defines a religion is the belief of a higher being – “Human recognition of superhuman controlling power and especially of a personal God entitled to obedience”), is to make money. This is not just an opinion of an ‘outsider or non-believer’ but was said by the founder himself – L. Ron Hubbard. Here are some of his quotes:
- “MAKE MONEY. MAKE MORE MONEY. MAKE OTHER PEOPLE PRODUCE SO AS TO MAKE MORE MONEY.” – L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 9 March 1972, MS OEC 384
- “I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is.” – L. Ron Hubbard to Lloyd Eshbach, in 1949; quoted by Eshbach in OVER MY SHOULDER: REFLECTIONS ON A SCIENCE FICTION ERA, Donald M. Grant Publisher. 1983
Now we have a bit of a conundrum here as if a believer were to say that Scientology is not about making cash then that person would be contradicting their ‘messiah’ and if believer were to say that Scientology was only around to make money then they would contradict their ‘religion’.
L. Ron Hubbard was lucky that he started Scientology when he did and where he did. Had he tried in any other country or time then I do not believe that Scientology would have been as successful as it is today. The reason why I say this is because Scientology was created close to the end of the 2nd world war, in 1954, when people were shaken up by the war and started questioning their beliefs and wanting to follow something, wanting to find meaning. Another reason why it is so successful is that it was created in America, where it is easy to ‘bribe’ politians – political ‘donations’, and where they virtually no privacy laws – you can find dirt on anyone quite easily and then blackmail them if they do not pass a law etc..
Do I feel sorry for people that join this organization? Well for those who are born into Scientology then I do, but for those who decide to join them then I do not as there is enough information on the Internet to find out what they are really like.
I don’t really want to get into what I really think of Scientology because they are just too powerful, but I do believe that the more information on the Internet about them so that people can form their own opinions about them the better it is. If this is in fact the one true religion then it should welcome people who are against them as truth is only truth if it can stand up to opposition. But unfortunately they’re are not of the same belief and will do anything to try keep their religion stain free. Unfortunately for them this is also a reason why people are becoming vocal in their opposition against them.