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  •  I'd ask yourself this question: (6+ / 0-)

    If 75% of americans were scientologists, would american society be mildly different, moderately different, or extremely different than it is today?

    I'd guess the latter, and I'd guess we would not be a democracy, to say the least.

    In contrast there are many countries where 75% of the public belong to either one religious orientation or a group of similar orientations, where democracy putters along and liberal society still exists.

    •  That's a valid point, I think. (4+ / 0-)
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      decembersue, DianeNYS, gzodik, tommymet

      Scientology's core is not just authoritarian, but abusively and manipulatively so.

      Say what you will about the Roman Catholic Church—and I've got no shortage of invective to direct at them—but they're strict about the rule that whatever you confess to your priest in the confession booth doesn't leave there, and certainly doesn't get filed by the Church so that they have something to hold over you later in case you become an enemy of the Church.

      The opposite is true for Scientology and "auditing" sessions... when you "let go" of your darkest secrets by telling your auditor about them, Scientology is filing them away in case they can be used in the future to manipulate, discredit, or hurt you.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:34:51 PM PST

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    •  they'd be broke :) nt (2+ / 0-)
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