Thanks for your reply Smurf!
That is very interesting that you have inside perspectives on both organizations! I hope I can hear more about that at some point.
When I visited the temple square in Salt Lake City several years back I did notice a definite "cult" vibe - the whole place was very tightly security/camera controlled and a "handler" was immediately dispatched to show me around and make sure I would not accidently attempt to enter the temple.
BTW... another parallel.: When Jesus descends from the sky in America in the book of Mormon I did have to chuckle a little as it reminded me so much of the Science-Fiction of the day. Jules Verne etc!
Basically I shouldn't even have a book of Mormon since I was never visited by the home missionaries they send out to you to introduce you, but I managed to get one anyway out of interest.
What I wanted to say though is that I find the things Scientology is pulling off so outrageous that I am cautious not to get into an area where it sounds like "oh... it's just like another one of those crazy religions...".
There is just something aggressive, inhumane and anti-social radiating from Scientology that deserves a special singular status.
But I totally respect your experience and I'm very curious about it.