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What Is Scientology?  
User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2976 times:

American actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have exchanged wedding vows in a floodlit Italian castle. The wedding was celebrated by a Scientology minister in accordance with the couple's faith and attended by a host of show business stars.

All of the world's press were there.






But what the hell is Scientology?  Confused

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

Stan Marsh is the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard...

Seriously we would tell you but they would sue us.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineJpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2959 times:

There is a fantastic episode of South Park that will teach you everything you need to know and more about Scientology!





EDIT: L-188 beat me to it Big grin

[Edited 2006-11-18 22:22:43]

User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2934 times:

Try to get the South Park episode "Trapped in the Closet" somewhere.
From that episode, you'll learn all you need to know about this idiotic sect.

Oops, I'll certainly get sued now...


User currently offlineBR076 From Netherlands, joined May 2005, 1086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2935 times:

watch this vid and you will know all about it :




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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11611 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

When I was in New York somebody started talking to me and a friend about random stuff and then quickly moved onto trying to get us to go somewhere to watch a video about what I gathered was Scientology. Well we were both there to look at examples of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and I remembered from the guide books that the church of Scientology in NYC was a fairly nice Art-Decco style building, so I agreed and off we went. The video was boring as hell, and it did feel very very much like I was being brainwashed - quire freaky to be honest, so I just took a few pictures of the place and left.

I don't really remember what was on the video, so obviously getting the message across didn't work very well!

Dan Smile



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1622 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

Here is a fascinating article in Wikipedia about Scientology:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology

Symbols of Scientology and their meaning:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbols_of_Scientology

The story of Xenu, the main "villain-god" of Scientology, that explains their weird beliefs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenu

Most importantly, the story of its founder, sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Ron_Hubbard

It tells all about Scientology: It explains the church's founder, its origins, and especially, its bizarre, science-fiction-alien-based beliefs! In short, trillions of years ago, DC-8-like spaceplanes loaded with billions of people were sent to Earth as punishment by the megalomaniac god Xenu, the people were bound and piled up in a large volcano, and H-Bombs were set off to destroy them. What survives of these unfortunate aliens are the "thetans" (equivalent to the soul). Each one of us humans has a cluster of these ("Body Thetans"). Weird, isn't it? (Especially the engineless DC-8 spaceplanes!)

In a nutshell, Scientology is a belief system that teaches that negative thoughts/entities (called Engrams) in our minds can be extracted from us by an exact methodology (auditing with the E-meter, etc), and Scientology is claimed to be a self-help organisation for helping people be aware of their "spiritual existence" over many lifetimes (a form of reincarnation, albeit a sci-fi-alien kind). It all started from L. Ron Hubbard's bestselling book, Dianetics, but is also based on the huge number of science-fiction novels he wrote.

The church is quite controversial, as was the life of L. Ron Hubbard, its founder. I read, back in the early 1990s, a big cover-story article in Time magazine all about the controversial, hidden truth about Scientology. What is most memorable to me is the cover illustration, a Dianetics-esque erupting volcano from whose base grow a set of octopus-like tentacles.

In fact, my eldest brother (whom I never met, because he disappeared before I was even born or adopted into the family) was taken in by Scientology after his service in the Navy in the Vietnam War. Mom tells me Scientology became his obsession, before he disappeared.

Now, as I live in London, I walk by the Church of Scientology's London headquarters (next to the Faraday building, near Blackfriars rail station) on my way to class every day. (They just opened this new headquarters, after moving from their Tottenham Court Road location, which is now just a branch).
When I walk by their Tottenham Court Road branch, I see their well-dressed people stationed outside on the pavement with their E-meters set up on tables (and stacks of paperback Dianetics books, handing out flyers to passersby and trying to recruit by giving "Free Stress Tests"!

SmithAir747

[Edited 2006-11-18 22:53:21]

[Edited 2006-11-18 22:55:12]

[Edited 2006-11-18 22:57:14]


I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8439 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

Quoting BR076 (Reply 4):

Basicly what I thought all along. A complete load of BS.

You never get high up in Scientology unless your able to contribute vast amounts of cash, like Tom Cruise can. They have no fact to back up their beliefs. It's simply a social club for morons like Tom Cruise to express themselves and sound import. Like they actually have a clue. I think the money would have been better spent joining, or buying, a country club.

I have the time of day for any one of any relgion, except for scientologists.


User currently offlineRammstein From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 5):
t did feel very very much like I was being brainwashed

 thumbsup  This is Scientology in a nutshell.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 6):
DC-8-like spaceplanes loaded with billions of people were sent to Earth as punishment by the megalomaniac god Xenu,

And that is why Travolta went with the 707......too many painful memories in a Stretch-8



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2859 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 7):
You never get high up in Scientology unless your able to contribute vast amounts of cash, like Tom Cruise can

Hey lets not forget James Packer who is another


User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

They have a history of trashing people they perceive as enemies, although they've tried to downplay this aspect of their cult in recent years. They did have an enemies list and at least one person I knew was on it. The last word I had of one of my junior college friends is that he'd gone deep into it and was seen wandering around the subway groping the walls and saying he was clear and could hallucinate any time he wanted to....

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

In a word I'd describe it as 'bollocks'.

Interestingly, the wedding of this couple is not legally binding due to it being conducted under Scientology rules.



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

Scientology is not recognised as a religion in France - it is classed as a cult, and subject to some kind of control, and (IIRC) they don't get the state funding that other religions get.

Clearly a bunch of loons.


User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 13):
Clearly a bunch of loons

A bit like anet then...?
 Silly


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2807 times:

Quoting 9V (Reply 14):
A bit like anet then...?

Perhaps - though no one has yet had an Anet wedding.



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

Quoting 9V (Reply 14):
A bit like anet then...?

But as the recognised and revered Deity (I take many forms) of a.norak, I grant my blessing unto it's continued existence, as long as the minions continue to worship my wondrous fabulousness.


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 15):
Perhaps - though no one has yet had an Anet wedding.

LHMark and Nancy.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 7):
They have no fact to back up their beliefs.

That doesn't seem to have harmed many other religions.  duck 


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2792 times:

Quoting David L (Reply 18):
Quoting Bill142 (Reply 7):
They have no fact to back up their beliefs.

That doesn't seem to have harmed many other religions.

Welcome to the whacky world of organised religion. Actually, all the crap about Xenu and the aliens is no sillier than some of the other stuff religion would have us believe.


User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 16):
as the recognised and revered Deity (I take many forms) of a.norak, I grant my blessing unto it's continued existence, as long as the minions continue to worship my wondrous fabulousness

Can I have a pint of what you're drinking or a bit of what you're smoking then? When I first read that I thought AerospaceFan had been opening the biscuit tin again. Big grin


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

Quoting 9V (Reply 20):
Can I have a pint of what you're drinking or a bit of what you're smoking then? When I first read that I thought AerospaceFan had been opening the biscuit tin again.

Shhhh ! Unholy blasphemer. Do not provoke my wrath ! The good people of a.norak are just the kind of gullible idiotsdecent, simple folk to be recruited to my mind-altering cultanointed with the blessed teachings of JGPH1A (aka the Great Pumpkin, aka the Flying Spaghetti Monster, aka Xtrapolapacetl) and fleeced to within an inch of their lives guaranteed eternal bliss in exchange for their cumbersome worldly dross.

Don't ruin it for me, you heathen ! I'll have my faithful feyadeen hunt you down ! For I am a Vengeful False Deity !!  grumpy 


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 21):
JGPH1A (aka the Great Pumpkin, aka the Flying Spaghetti Monster

No seriously, what are you smoking there?



One Life, Live it.
User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2770 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 21):
For I am a Vengeful False Deity !!

Ok if that's how you want to put it!


 rotfl   rotfl 


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 22):
No seriously, what are you smoking there?

It is true that certain holy Chinese mung beans grant me access to the Infinite Beyond where I gather strength for my all-powerful omniscience, but these are not for the uninitiated. Only through years of meditation and study will you be ready to attain the Infinite Beyond. And besides, they were all out at Spar, and they won't be in stock till Tuesday.


25 Myt332 : Hmm true, they have a buy on get one free. I assume that is your reason for coming oop north next month isn't it. You don't actually have family here
26 Post contains images PlymSpotter : So in a nutshell you got stoned and slept with Cornish
27 JGPH1A : Addicted to the worship I receive from puny mortals ! There isn't a hallucinogenic in the universe powerful enough to get me to do that ! That would
28 Bill142 : The vast majority are all theology based religions which may or may not have greater powers. Scientology is the brainchild of a science fiction write
29 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Although I have a tough mind that takes a lot to be broken down, I knew that reading the recital of such a shocking story would tear it apart
30 DrDeke : It's similar in Germany; Scientology there is an outlawed cult. While this would obviously not be an appropriate classification for them in the USA,
31 JGPH1A : How do you think Buddha got that goofy smile ? I'm not just a hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional shade of the colour blue, you know.
32 Post contains links Lazarus31 : Isn't L. Ron Hubbard that cereal maker???....no wait thats Dick Hubbard, the cereal maker turned Auckland mayor! anyhows i still failed to understand
33 Post contains links TACAA320 : "Scientology is a body of teachings and related techniques developed by American author L. Ron Hubbard over some thirty years beginning in 1952 as a s
34 Bill142 : So Cornish managed to work out where to put it?
35 J_Hallgren : They've just about taken over a good part of downtown Clearwater FL, where I live part-time...they bought a big hotel and then other other buildings a
36 ZRH : They call it church, but in fact it is a criminal money making machine.
37 VonRichtofen : I think L Ron Hubbard was doing it as a joke. I bet even he didn't believe anybody would believe anything so far fetched...
38 Post contains images Jwenting : that's what brainwashing is all about. You're not supposed to remember what you were told, only that it made sense Of course in your case they failed
39 OV735 : A quick and thoroguh answer:
40 Post contains images David L : I was only questioning the word "fact".
41 LTBEWR : Scientology is in most people's minds a cult style so called religion. To me it attracts creative people like actors and performers who are looking fo
42 SlamClick : So let me see if I have this right. Scientology is an organization based on absurd and unsupportable beliefs that has the bad manners to charge direct
43 Post contains images LTU932 : Scientology is bullshit, that's all you need to know. Well, at least Travolta doesn't use Scientology to make a fool out of himself. While Tom Cruise
44 Bill142 : Lets not forget that they are able to buy status. Buy contributing more money to the church you gain a higher status within in. The belief is Sciento
45 Tu204 : It is like my sister when she was around 5, I got bored so I taught her to answer my question of "Who am I" the following way: "God, commander, boss,
46 Sebolino : The most incredible with scientology is that it's actually an idiotic science-fiction story, but some people really believe in it, and give their live
47 Post contains images Kieron747 : After reading the entire thread, I'd say the above comment puts it in a nutshell. Not that I am aware of, although I believe that AerospaceFan may we
48 Pelican : No, it's not. Scientology is legal in Germany although: That means that they don't have certain benefits (e.g. tax) which state recognised religious
49 Post contains images 9V : I'm not impressed with the wedding photo's.
50 Post contains images JGPH1A : Excuse me, if anyone round here is taking the role of a megalomaniac false vengeful deity, it's me !
51 SlamClick : Don't you hate it when your gods get all big-headed and stuff? I mean, who do they think they are? I believe they have an actual formal price list bu
52 JGPH1A : Don't make me come over there, puny mortal ! I'll open up a can o' vengeful on yo' sorry ass ! signed, Xenu (warrior vengeful false deity)
53 Post contains images 9V : I can't understand why she keeps losing him!
54 SlamClick : You know, to restore a bit of perspective here I can't see where paying gobs of money for Scientology services is any higher on the wierd-O-meter than
55 Post contains images Francoflier : That pretty much sums up Hollywood to me...
56 FSPilot747 : Yes. Kind of like every other religion.
57 Post contains images Redngold : To answer the question... Get high/stoned/drunk and read Dianetics and you'll understand everything.
58 Bill142 : Did someone throw him in the tuble dryer? he seems to have shrunken a bit.
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