Cabal Of One
Yes, I believe this to be true. However, to the average sincere scientologist/Staff Member, the spiritual practice is ALWAYS seen as senior to anything else. The con is sometimes glimpsed but never acknowleged or fully inspected by those sincere people.<...snip>
Scientology is a con, but I think it has been an effective con for so long because it isn't only a con. It's a weird hybrid of con and sincere spiritual movement; my take, unfortunately, is that the con is senior in the partnership. Somehow, it seems to me, the strange way that org staff are employed must be an effective mechanism in keeping the hybrid running: keeping the religion serving the con, and hiding the con behind the religion.