For me, Scientology is only a religion in the same way that this is a sheep:
Regardless though of whether or not governments see it as a religion , the organization and individuals within it need to be investigated and prosecuted for CRIMES. It is a predatory organization,dangerous to society, and it's time for society to confront and handle it.
Law enforcement spends a LOT of time and resources to keep society safe from sexual predators. Well, Scientology is a predator of a different type, but just as dangerous, if not more so. Why give them a free pass?
Scientology is a religion when it comes to NOT PAYING TAXES and hiding behind the religious cloak so it can commit crimes daily. As far as helping people or assisting someone with the spirit aspects of life - it is smoke and mirrors.