View single post by sek69
 Posted: Sat Jan 10th, 2009 12:19 am
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Scientology markets itself as a new-agey way to self realization by targeting people with self esteem or developmental issues (Tom Cruise has severe dyslexia that caused him problems in school).  People have to pay tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to graduate to the next level, hence the reason they target celebrities (also they have the most money and it gets them mainstream acceptance).

In reality, it was started on a bet by L. Ron Hubbard who was a writer of bad science fiction and also most likely an undiagnosed manic depressive. Scientology's obsessive hatred of psychology stems from Hubbard's paranoia that grew more bizarre as he got older.

They also have the world's top intimidation team, they even got the IRS to back down and allow them tax free status (which gave them credibility as a genuine religion) by basically blackmailing IRS agents that were investigating their shady dealing.

There's been cases of people dying both directly and indirectly as a result of Scientology so it's not the wacky but harmless celebrity cult it wants to be portrayed as.