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  •  It's the "charging for access" thing. (1+ / 0-)
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    Brit rightly points out that many other religions have had similar setups, where you had to pay to get access to the religion's secrets.

    But not all of them do, and that, to me, is a crucial difference between Scientology and religions that don't subject their adherents to that abusive practice. (To make my logic plain, I'm not saying that all religions that don't charge money for their teaching aren't abusive, just that all religions that do charge money are.)

    No matter how backward and hateful your average Fundamentalist can be—and as someone who is writing a dissertation about the Christian Right, I know exactly how backward and hateful they can be—just about any one of them would freely give you their own personal Bible that they'd read every day since childhood, if you asked them in good faith what their religion was about and they thought you might become a Christian. They're literally giving their religion away on the streets every day. There are a hundred other things wrong with Fundamentalism, but they won't charge you a penny to become one.

    "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 12:22:11 PM PST

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