but how much do you really know about scientology and what they do and what they practice? if you're anything like me, you don't know much about it (aside from the crazy random bits and pieces you've seen and heard).
a friend showed me a website yesterday. it's run by 3 ex-scientology kids. oh.my.god. i had no idea that scientology was THIS fucked up. i mean, i always thought they were wacked, but i had no idea the extent. when you get a chance, you have got to read this site. and then read the discussions on the forums page. it's unbelievable. even moreso, when you aren't a part of that "church" because it just all sounds so far out there.
listen, i can understand believing in something. and really thinking and feeling like what you are doing is the right thing. i get it. i truly do, but the lines that scientology crosses- and how they justify it- is terrifying to think about. is every member seriously that brainwashed that they think their actions are okay? the answer i think is for the most part is yes. they think that all their actions are for the good of the group and serve a better purpose. they believe that what they do, and how they do it, is for a good cause. but don't most crazy groups think and feel that way? in my mind, their way of thinking is no different than the terrorists. they thought what they were doing was right and just. they felt that their actions were for a greater good. it's all the same line of thinking. seriously scary stuff. seriously.
let me give you a couple of examples of the types of things that scientology "supposedly" practices and does:
- scientology uses a disconnection policy. when someone doesn't want to be a part of scientology anymore, they are disconnected from all other scientology members. this includes parents, siblings, any and all family, friends, etc. the disconnected person is then considered "evil" by the church. the church publicly denies that they use this. probably because it's not good for PR.
- fair game. while the term is no longer used, "supposedly" the practice still is. and the practice in a nutshell is "Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed." of course, they deny this as well.
tom cruise better not send me any hate mail.