What Is The Truth About Scientology?

What is the truth about Scientology? Because Scientology is relatively a new religion, it is often referred to as a cult. However, this is not the case. Learn why here. Just don't call people that. It's...

Just don't call people that. It's meaningless. I mean, there are so many, so many religious groups, and so many beliefs and practices. Some of them I would definitely disagree with and I think they are harmful, maybe. Some of them are just poorly understood. Cult is a lazy, lazy, emotionally laden thing to label someone who has no real meaning. I mean if you give it a definition it does. But people don't stick with their definition. It's just name calling, and you might as well just blow it off. It's kind of like people who use profanity, instead of thinking about what they are going to say. You know, you might as well really look and describe what something is, the thing that is front of you. It doesn't mean you have to agree with them, everything you see. Why don't people understand Scientology? Because it is new, 1950 is new. There's been sensitivity with the dominant, some of the Christian culture to say, "There's true religion. There's false religion. There's good religion. There's bad religion. My way is true, yours is false. So, yours is a lie." It's just a train of thought that goes that way. At the bottom of that is a certain idea of religious truth that you have to take seriously. There's this idea that, "Mine is true. Yours must be false. Therefore, it's a lie." Maybe there's a liar involved in there somewhere. It's a particular way of dealing and confronting religious pluralism.

You expect new things to be somewhat controversial. All details aside, it's not surprising that something new is at least controversial in some quarters. But what I would tell people is that any religion, not just Scientology, with anything, people are practicing a religion for a reason. No matter who they are. To say, "They're sick or they've been lied to" is just not respecting the person. You can't make that assumption. It's a much better thing to understand and practice your own thing and be willing to grant someone the freedom to understand what they practice and understand. Respect them enough to say, "They've got their reasons." You might not know what all those are. You may not have enough data to make a judgment on that.

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