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Your comparisons are invalid in that they are a logic FAIL of the apples/oranges variety. Scientology is not a religion. It is an on-going organised criminal conspiracy to defraud and has been since the day L Ron Hubbard said he used Dianetics to cure war injuries. Those who persist in making comparisons with religion are perpetuating L Ron Hubbard's original criminal intent to avoid taxes, labour laws, and merge mendaciously into society by leeching from the good name of established religions. The more valid comparison would be between Scientology and the Mafia.
I'm not drunk eough. Yet. Maybe later.
I don't agree with this because there are aspects of Scientology that qualify as religion and can be practiced completely INDEPENDENT of Hubbard and his original purposes and intentions. The church itself I think you've summed up nicely in the above paragraph, but people have the right to embrace any belief system they want in this country. I believe there needs to be a clearly defined line drawn between beliefs and actions, not just for Scn but for all religions in this country. Some of what qualifies as church doctrine should be illegal because it infringes upon the rights of other people. Whether our government will ever get its head out of its own ass and take this much needed step to protect its citizens, I can't say.