It doesn't. Thousands or even millions have engaged
in various forms of Scientology over the past 50 years and are still
Scientology members are
restrained against their will
They aren't. Scientologists are free to come and go
within the constrain of the contractual or tacit agreement they took with
the CoS, which does not includes physical restrain.
Cult members are victim
What anticultists call
"mind-control" has been debunked by scholars during the 80's and rejected
by the courts since then.
Scientology kills pets
Accusations of pet
killing by critics rest on nothing else but paranoid and unsubstantiated
speculations. The CoS may engage in harassment against critics, but it
doesn't go as far as killing pets.
Scientology is not a
and leaders alike, sincerely believe that they are spiritual beings who
take on other bodies after they die and can improve through Scientology.
This alone already qualifies Scientology as a religious group.
Anticultists engage in
See for yourself. Look
at the Unanswered Questions page, the
Cat Story page, or nearly any other pages used as example on this web
site - or read ARS - and decide for yourself whether what critics engage
into is critical thinking or cultic thinking.
Dissenters are "cult
Dissenters are critics
and ex-members who disagree with myths such as those above. It also
includes scholars who conducted scientific studies that likewise disproved
critics' assertions. To equate criticism of critics with "apologizing for
cults" is another example of the inability of anticultists to make
appropriate distinctions - a cultic characteristic all by itself.
Critics link to
alternative views to let people make their own mind
Critics cannot avoid
linking to the main CoS site, but they will avoid as much as possible to
link to dissident sites, such as the present one, or to factual 3rd
parties sites such as scholarly sites. What critics leave out from their
report is about as important as what they put in.
The CoS wore down the
Cult Awareness Network (CAN) with lawsuits until it went broke.
This isn't the reason CAN went broke. It went broke
because of its historical, contextual, direct and indirect involvement in
kidnapping and forcible deprogramming - the logical outcome of the
anticult belief system. A unanimously jury found them guilty on this
ground. The judgement has been confirmed by all the successive appeal
courts in the US.
"technology" is a dangerous form of brainwashing
The "tech" is neither
the dangerous brainwashing technique critics portray, nor the all-in-one
universal solution Scientology promotes.The all-bad attitude critics have
towards Scientology tech basically mirrors the all-good attitude of
scientologists about it. Both are myths in their own right.
This web site is
NOT created by a Scientologist. It is created by a Scientology EX-MEMBER
who is critical of Scientology. However, this ex-member is ALSO critical
of the anti-Scientology movement. This does not make him a
Scientologist, nor a defender of Scientology.