Originally posted by: Darth Chaltab
Originally posted by: Arnie.d
Why does everyone hate scientology so much? What terrible things do these people do? What about freedom of religion, let everyone believe what he wants. Who cares...
It's not that simple. If Scientology was just about believing in Xenu and Thetans, I'd say, 'fine, be stupid.'
The organization behind Scientology has a well-documented history of suing anyone who tries to make the details of the faith known--the very premise of the 'religion' is a copyrighted work of science fiction. People who were big in the 'church' and got out have wound up dead. They charge members for their services and you MUST pay or you're not a member of their little cult. They basically brainwash their members over and over again until they think that the honestly have to pay out the yin-yang to be happy and mentally healthy, and these people don't even realize that exactly the opposite is happening. (Yes, they were stupid for getting into it in the first place, but it's not an excuse.)
If you want to know more, look it up here: Operation Clambake
I believe I read recently that Scientology was banished from Germany because it didn't fit the criteria of a religious organization.