Is Scientology any Weirder than Christianity?

CNN reports that Germany will move to Ban the religion of Scientology.

Germany’s top security officials said Friday they consider the goals of the Church of Scientology to be in conflict with the principles of the nation’s constitution and will seek to ban the organization.

The interior ministers of the nation’s 16 states plan to give the nation’s domestic intelligence agency the task of preparing the necessary information to ban the organization, which has been under observation for a decade on allegations that it “threatens the peaceful democratic order” of the country.

The ministers, as well as federal Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, “consider Scientology to be an organization that is not compatible with the constitution,” said Berlin Interior Minister Ehrhart Koerting, who presided over the officials’ two-day conference.

Scientologists in Germany responded:

While failing to pursue the Hamburg Minister of Interior’s motion, the Minister of Interior Conference has demonstrated that they are completely out of step with the rest of the world. Their statement and recommendation are a blatant attempt at justifying the ongoing and never-ending discrimination against the Church of Scientology and its members in Germany.

The suggestion that the OPC not only continue but expand its intrusive and illegal investigation represents a desperate attempt to concoct a justification for a never-ending investigation that wastes millions of taxpayer euros.

The Scientology religion was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. The first church was established in the United States in 1954. It has grown to more than 7,500 churches, missions and groups and 10 million members in 163 nations.

The letter also went into detail about many nations in which Scientology is considered a legitimate religion.

In case you’re out of the loop, here are some legitimate facts about Scientology as I best know how to describe them: by showing you a clip from the South Park Scientology episode.

I agree that Scientology is ridiculous. It’s too ridiculous to believe. But empirically, is it any less-believable than Christianity, which is accepted in most nations of the world without question?

Scientology
• Man is like a huge bundle of spiritual potential. He’s also immortal!
• Faith doesn’t really exist. All things true must be observable.
• Goals: “spiritual release” and “freedom.”
• Man consists of three parts: the thetan, which is like a soul; the mind, which is used by the soul to interact with and control his environment; and the body, which is nothing more than a tool.
• There are 8 dynamics of existence, which basically go from the biggest (God) down to the smallest (individual). Things like family and physical universe make up the ones in between.
• There’s an instrument called a “tone scale,” which is basically a way to measure how enlightened you are. You can identify where you and other people are on the tone scale, which are basically numbers that represent different moods or characteristics. The goal is to move up to “higher tones.”
• There’s also an ARC triangle. It basically represents three qualities that are important in relationships: affinity, reality and communication. I think it’s just symbolic.
• All chemicals are barriers to spiritual freedom. Drugs and alcohol – bad! Pollution – bad! Toxins – bad! Brooke Shields – bad! To undo the effects of chemicals, you have to do something called a Purification Rundown, go in a sauna, and then take a lot of minerals.
• E-meters are devices used during the “auditing” process, in which a person’s spiritual weakenesses, etc., are flushed out. The E-meter is “a highly sensitive instrument that reacts to changes in mental activity.”

Christianity
• Because the first man ate an apple, all men are now born evil.
• A man who died 2000 years ago is a ghost but will come back.
• That ghost’s father is constantly watching you and will grant you with immortality if you act like his son.
• If you are bad and don’t ask for God’s son to forgive you, you’ll be sent to an eternal hell.
• Oh yeah, the son was born of a virgin.
• Pat Robertson can leg press 2,000 lbs

Okay, I don’t have to go into all the different religions and explain why they are any more weird than Scientology. Things seem less weird once we’re familiar with them and they become accepted as normal facets of society. That has happened in the case of other religions in Germany, but not Scientology.

What scares me is that the persecution of one religious freedom in Germany could lead to the persecution of ANY religious freedom – including the freedom to not practice religion. There are more than 40 million atheists in Europe, yet it would not surprise anyone if, one day, a country’s government decided that Atheism was a threat to the “Principles of the Nation’s Constitution.” All it would take would be one accepted instance like what Germany is doing to Scientology. It that were accepted and looked at by other nations as acceptable, it sets the precedent for it to happen anywhere.

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4 Responses to Is Scientology any Weirder than Christianity?

  1. Mike says:

    If Scientology is banned in Germany, it will only be the CoS which is banned, not the religious practice of Scientology. The German Constitution forbids banning religions: Article 4.1 specifies that freedom of religion and conscience and freedom of religious association are inviolate, Article 4.2 guarantees the free practice of religion, Article 5.1 guarantees freedom of expression, and Article 9.1 guarantees the right to form societies and association. However, Article 9.2 forbids organisations which seek to bypass or damage the Constitution or German society; in this respect, the CoS and its rather unpleasant practices could be banned entirely legally.

  2. magikent says:

    Very interesting, Mike. Thanks for the information!

  3. Mike says:

    No need to thank me – all part of the job for German Constitutional Law Man! *flies away*

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