Atheism is not a belief nor can it be proven. Religion will die out once people get educated and learn to think critically for themselves.
Once again, I offer Neil Degrasse Tyson:
"God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance, that gets smaller and smaller as time goes on."
Scientology was "discovered" by a science fiction author, so it isn't just space malarkey. Its space malarkey from a guy whose job was creating space malarkey! That has to make it the looniest religion ever made.
You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.L. Ron Hubbard
Well the title is "Who Is More Insane" not "Which Belief Is More Insane"
Plenty of Christians don't live it very consistently and either don't know what's in the Babble or do, but for whatever reason think that many of the ridiculous parts can be disregarded. (Ridiculous in their own judgement, which is why peoples' religions generally conform to their prejudices--funny how doG invariably agrees with the exact bigotry of one of his followers!)
A scientologist is squandering far more of his money on something he probably was *not* inculcated with from birth; he found that nuttiness and embraced it without youthful brainwashing.
The average scientologist, to me, is nuttier than the average Xian. The hard-core doctrines are probably about the same level of nuttiness; they are certainly both wrong.
I didn't understand why they were so hostile to psychotherapy/psychiatry until reading this.
You know what I'm like - I just had to go Googling to find out more. Gallup, there's a blindingly interesting wiki entry for L.Ron Hubbard, that's just had me riveted for the past half hour. You have to take a look! Absolutely unbelievable.
Bloody hell, I'm a psychopath!
Nah, kidding. But I read your wiki article and I raise you this 18 minute TED talk by Jon Ronson on that very subject and list - it's really entertaining as well, but I am sure you expect no less :)
I also found this in Strega's article, regarding Hubbard's writing of a book he entitled, Excalibur: "'I have written THE book.' Hubbard believed that Excalibur would 'revolutionize everything' and that 'it was somewhat more important, and would have a greater impact upon people, than the Bible.'"
If I didn't know the subject was Hubbard, I'd have sworn the quotation was by Simon Peynton!
In a letter, Hubbard later revealed: "I have high hopes of smashing my name into history so violently that it will take a legendary form even if all books are destroyed. That goal is the real goal as far as I am concerned."
Simon has to learn that he can't revolutionize religious philosophy unless he writes in a style people can understand.