Transgender, Scientologist, “Cult Hero”

http://www.religiondispatches.org/books/sexandgender/5899/transgender,_scientologist,_“cult_hero”/

"...Religion comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable—or so we’re told. (Actually, the phrase was first coined about a newspaper.) But what happens when it comforts the afflicted precisely by afflicting them more? Say, by cosmologizing and theologizing their problems, rather than solving them? And suppose you could make a buck by doing so?...."


"...Because Bornstein was thrown out of the Church, she has never met her grandchildren, and hasn’t seen her daughter since she was nine years old. .."

"In other words, Scientology enabled Al Bornstein to avoid every major issue he needed to address. It gave him endless work to do, and....."

"....thrown out of Scientology not for his sexual deviance or some doctrinal dispute, but because he unintentionally exposed a financial scam in which money meant for the ‘Church’ went instead to Hubbard’s Swiss bank account. He was then interrogated, defamed, railroaded out ...."
 

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Crusader
http://www.religiondispatches.org/books/sexandgender/5899/transgender,_scientologist,_“cult_hero”/

"...Religion comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable—or so we’re told. (Actually, the phrase was first coined about a newspaper.) But what happens when it comforts the afflicted precisely by afflicting them more? Say, by cosmologizing and theologizing their problems, rather than solving them? And suppose you could make a buck by doing so?...."


"...Because Bornstein was thrown out of the Church, she has never met her grandchildren, and hasn’t seen her daughter since she was nine years old. .."

"In other words, Scientology enabled Al Bornstein to avoid every major issue he needed to address. It gave him endless work to do, and....."

"....thrown out of Scientology not for his sexual deviance or some doctrinal dispute, but because he unintentionally exposed a financial scam in which money meant for the ‘Church’ went instead to Hubbard’s Swiss bank account. He was then interrogated, defamed, railroaded out ...."


Ah the book must be out now, thanks
I need some interesting reading material.
 
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