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.
L. Ron Hubbard wrote the following letter-- which was discovered by the FBI during its raid on Scientology headquarters-- indicating his motives for making Scientology into a 'religion'. Hubbard, in other words, knew he was a con artist. He had a profit motive and religion was simply an 'angle' to achieve that end.
Let's assume Jesus existed, claimed to be the son of God, and was tortured to death as a result. So he was either a complete loon who actually believed in his own divinity (which seems more probable) or a cynic who used the claim to manipulate his followers into believing in his teachings.
I'd say if Jesus was the former-- a loon who believed he was God-- then Jesus was far more crazy than Hubbard. Hubbard was twisted and crazy as well, but more crazy like a fox.
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10 APRIL 1953
RE CLINIC, HAS
The arrangements that have been made seem a good temporary measure. On a longer look, however, something more equitable will have to be organized. I am not quite sure what we would call the place - probably not a clinic - but I am sure that it ought to be a company, independent of the HAS [the Hubbard Association of Scientologists] but fed by the HAS. We don't want a clinic. We want one in operation but not in name. Perhaps we could call it a Spiritual Guidance Center. Think up its name, will you. And we could put in nice desks and our boys in neat blue with diplomas on the walls and 1. knock psychotherapy into history and 2. make enough money to shine up my operating scope and 3. keep the HAS solvent. It is a problem of practical business. I await your reaction on the religion angle. In my opinion, we couldn't get worse public opinion than we have had or have less customers with what we've got to sell. A religious charter would be necessary in Pennsylvania or NJ to make it stick. But I sure could make it stick. We're treating the present time beingness, psychotherapy treats the past and the brain. And brother, that's religion, not mental science.
I didn't understand why they were so hostile to psychotherapy/psychiatry until reading this.
And I'm sure you also know what name they eventually came up with. In case you don't, here is a hint. They did not-- as Hubbard urged-- form their organization in 1954 under the name:
'The Clinic of Scientology'
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.
Take a look at the Wikipedia entry for psychopathy and note especially the checklist section. Hubbard didn't have all of the symptoms but the part about telling effortless, grandiose lies-- which often are based on grains of truth-- seem especially applicable.
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 :)