Scientology is a Scam that Masquerades as a Religion
is the next Bernie page I'm covering.
Bernie claims CoS MUST be a religion because it has "spiritual tenets." Well, so did the Nazis.
QUOTE from Alfred Rosenberg, a sort of spiritual advisor for the Nazis:
"We now realize that the central supreme values of the Roman and the Protestant Churches, being a negative Christianity, do not respond to our soul, that they hinder the organic powers of the peoples determined by their Nordic race, that they must give way to them, that they will have to be remodeled to conform to a Germanic Christendom. Therein lies the meaning of the present religious
In the place of traditional Christianity, Rosenberg sought to implant the neo-pagan myth of the blood. At page 114 in the "Myth of the Twentieth Century" (2891-PS) he stated:
"Today, a new faith is awakening-the Myth of the Blood, the belief that the divine
being of mankind generally is to be defended with the blood. The faith embodied by the fullest realization, that the Nordic blood constitutes that mystery which has supplanted
and overwhelmed the old sacraments.
Rosenberg's attitudes on religion were accepted as the only philosophy compatible with National Socialism. In 1940 Bormann, in writing to Rosenberg, made this statement:
"The churches cannot be conquered by a compromise between National Socialism and Christian teachings, but only through a new ideology whose coming you yourself have announced in your writings." (098-PS)
END QUOTE from http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/genocide/Rosenberg_Responsibility.htm
My comment: What if Nazi leaders had decided in the 30's to claim Nazi-ism WAS a religion, and that anyone opposing it was a religious bigot?
It would be right for the Allies to claim that, spiritual tenets or no spiritual tenets, tingly feelings of awe or not, Nazism was a monstrous power, money, slave-labor, and real-estate grab, and NOT WORTHY OF THE TITLE OF A RELIGION. I am using Nazism as a logical extension of the "religion" defense, and am not comparing CoS to the Nazis in behavior and motives.
So the "spiritual tenets" of CoS are irrelevant, if its ultimate aim is getting the power-money-and real-estate "stats" up. And now that the stats are going down, CoS can't even achieve THAT purpose!
I do like Bernie's conclusion of this page:...it is not completely unwarranted to say that Scientology is a scam. That it can also be considered as a religion is not a contradiction under this light.
It's ironic that when it suits its purpose, Applied Scholastics claims to be completely non-religious, even though it tries to funnel its members into Scientology.
I have said before that Scientology is at heart a form of participative fiction, where the student fantasizes his own previous lives and exorcizes his own sci-fi BT's. There are several parallels to this in religion, especially the spirit quest done under the influence of peyote! Exorcizing one's own demons links back to contamination-phobias of primitive religion. Belief in reincarnation or heaven is a spiritual belief (but you can believe in them and still be a jerk). Most religions do participative "re-enactment" of sacred events, so they, too, are a form of participative story-telling (or participative fiction, if you're an atheist).
So, sure, there are religious aspects of CoS, and every critic needs to remember that when speaking out. What's important is not Belief X or Belief Y, it's the fraud, abuse of employees, and destruction of families. None of those are spiritual acts, so critics aren't bigoted to discuss them.