Scientology has been in the News as a Target of Hackers named “Anonymous”
“Anonymous” Vowed to Destroy the Church of Scientology
All Religions start out as Cults
Scientology for Dummies
Scientology has been in the news lately.
A group of hackers with the name of “Anonymous” has vowed to destroy the Church of Scientology and about a week ago, Scientology websites in the US and UK started crashing.
Below is the first video warning issued to Scientology by “Anonymous”. The “Anonymous” tagline on all three of their video warnings has been “We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget.”
Two days ago, “Anonymous” supporters took to the streets in Phoenix, AZ in a demonstration outside the Phoenix Church of Scientology, staging a protest in commemoration of the birthday of Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist once cared for by church staffers.
McPherson died while under the care of Scientology.
As we are not up to speed on Scientology, we thought we’d run down some information on the Church of Scientology.
Is it a cult?
Is it a religion?
We will start out by saying that all religions start out as cults–Christianity, Islam and Jews all started out as a small band of believers in their religions.
So, being branded as a “cult” doesn’t sway us one way or another.
There is some discrepancy as to how many Scientology members there actually are. In 2007, the Scientologists claimed 3.5 million members in the U.S., but a 2001 survey published by City University of New York, stated that “when asked to identify what religion you are”, 55,000 in America claimed Scientology.
Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices as well as a profitable multinational network of corporations created by American speculative fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard developed Scientology teachings in 1952 as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics.
Hubbard later characterized Scientology as an “applied religious philosophy” and the basis for a new religion. Scientology encompasses a spiritual rehabilitation philosophy and techniques, and covers topics such as morals, ethics, detoxification, education and management.
What do Scientologists believe?
Does Scientology have a Bible?
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