John Sweeney of the BBC has recently done some investigative work on the 'cult' of Scientology. It really is very scary stuff indeed. Poor old John did lose it somewhat when a rather unpleasant and aggressive scientologist kept ranting in his face, John started shouting at top volume back in his face. Having seen what John had to put up with from the scientologists, I have to say it is remarkable he lasted that long before blowing his top. Having said that it was pretty dim to give the scientologists the ammunition that they would have been looking for.
Scientology is frankly a load of absolute codswallop, and was created by a very strange man called L Ron Hubbard in 1952. The religion appears to have been crafted by a deranged squirrel, however I am reliably informed that L Ron was in fact a human being. Unofortunately the mighty L Ron is no longer with us. Have a peek at these revealing slants on Scientology; crazy scientology followers, the scientology south park episode, scientology vs south park, scientology dirty tricks, L Ron documentary, inside London scientology, south park what they believe, scientology fraud, scientology takeover, the cult business and there is a lot more out there.
Scientology has demonstrated that a big problem exists in the way that the western world handles religion. Scientology has gained a massive amount of protection by hiding behind the smokescreen of being called a 'religion' in the US. Scientology is now trying to hide in the UK.
It highlights just how dangerous it is to give special protection to any belief system, no matter how bizarre that belief system is. As when a belief is afforded special protection by the law of the land, it can hide away from rational criticism, which then allows irrational dogma to triumph over reason. That is why laws that protect religion selectively over other non-religious beliefs are inherently dangerous.
Beliefs are beliefs and should not need to be protected by legislation. If something cannot stand up to rational argument and debate, then why should it not be termed 'nonsense'?