Scientology : Church? Or Mind Bending Cult

CtC

Mar 2019
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Is Scientology a Cult? Out of Curiosity ,I attended a few meetings years ago. It cost $50 just for an "Introduction" interview. I was shown what is called an "E-Meter" that is supposed to detect some kind of Spiritual Waves' from the universe. It looked like a cheap electric motor made by a third grader. (This was in 1971 ,mind you). I saw some people just sitting there while being "Audited". Actually ,they sat silent while the Auditor verbally abused them. This was described as a "Communication exercise". I was invited to take a course. Would have cost $350. I left. I have seen many articles about this "Church" since this experience. So, does anyone have any opinions on this?
 
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Lunchboxxy

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Apr 2010
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Definitely a cult.

Have you checked out “Going Clear”? It’s an HBO documentary they did on Scientology a few years ago. Give it a watch if you haven’t. It’s very......enlightening.

Those people are legit insane and have somehow conned their way into tax exempt status. And Michele Miscavige is totally dead
 

CtC

Mar 2019
14,665
5,321
California
Definitely a cult.

Have you checked out “Going Clear”? It’s an HBO documentary they did on Scientology a few years ago. Give it a watch if you haven’t. It’s very......enlightening.

Those people are legit insane and have somehow conned their way into tax exempt status. And Michele Miscavige is totally dead
Seems to be a cult based on Space aliens. L.Ron Hubbard was an unsuccessful Sci-Fi writer. His book ,Dianetics ,was full of Quack nostrums for better "Mental Health".And this auditing is a form of brainwashing. Very EXPENSIVE brainwashing.
 
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Ian Jeffrey

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I have not yet watched "Going Clear," but it is clear (!) to most people that Scientology is a cult. The documentary is on Hulu and is on my watch list.
 
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Is Scientology a Cult? Out of Curiosity ,I attended a few meetings years ago. It cost $50 just for an "Introduction" interview. I was shown what is called an "E-Meter" that is supposed to detect some kind of Spiritual Waves' from the universe. It looked like a cheap electric motor made by a third grader. (This was in 1971 ,mind you). I saw some people just sitting there while being "Audited". Actually ,they sat silent while the Auditor verbally abused them. This was described as a "Communication exercise". I was invited to take a course. Would have cost $350. I left. I have seen many articles about this "Church" since this experience. So, does anyone have any opinions on this?
Almost the worst of all cults rolled into one.
 

HayJenn

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Jul 2014
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Definitely a cult.

Have you checked out “Going Clear”? It’s an HBO documentary they did on Scientology a few years ago. Give it a watch if you haven’t. It’s very......enlightening.

Those people are legit insane and have somehow conned their way into tax exempt status. And Michele Miscavige is totally dead
And the things they do people when they leave. Just horrible.

The Leah Remini series is also a good watch.