November 1, 2007
Scientology taught in church
Some Christian pastors—particularly in lower income, urban areas—are coupling Dianetics with the Bible.
Here’s what is wrong with that equation: Scientology, which clearly fits the sociological definition of a religion, is proscribed by its officials as a complimentary belief system to any religious worldview. I watched a promotional video from Scientology’s international headquarters in Hollywood in which the narrator talked about how good Christians and Muslims were using Scientology to improve their lives. (The narrator proceeded to say, and I paraphrase the gist, “Do you have to believe in Scientology? No. But you’d be an idiot not to.)
If the narrator was being sincere—and if you believe everything you see on “South Park” then you know none of the leaders of Scientology actually are—that would mean that these pastors that CNN interviewed are preaching something that looks a lot like L. Ron Hubbard’s creation.
Rick Ross, who runs a Web site that tracks cults and controversial religious figures, goes on to say that this the kind of mainstream acceptance Scientology’s leaders desire. For more, read this excellent piece from Rolling Stone.