Posted by: jugglinbob | December 11, 2013

Scientology is NOT a religion!

Just a quick one today – so apologies for the lack of my normal research depth…

The UK’s Supreme Court ruled today that Scientology is a religion, which will enable the Church to conduct weddings.  This follows a 5 year battle by Louisa Hodkin to get married at the Church of Scientology chapel in central London, which she attends.

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Normally my thoughts about the courts agreeing to marriage in abnormal situations are “Yay!” however in this case I’m not so sure…

This case is not about whether a couple can be married, as it is with single sex couples, but merely where the ceremony takes place.   Ms Hodkin and Mr Calcioli could have been married in a registry office at any time, but took this case to court in order to be married in their own Church, in their own religion.

I am all for this this right.  Whatever my beliefs are, I understand that other people have different views.  However this case is different; this case changes the UK law on what a religion actually is.

This ruling sweeps aside rules that worshipping a god is essential to religion, which has been upheld in UK law for 158 years, as well as by just common sense.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines religion as:

“the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods” 

This explains why Christianity or Judaism are religions, whilst Buddhism is a philosophy and not a religion, and why science is not a religion however often religious fundamentalists try to pitch it as such.

However, the judgement today concluded that:

“religion could be defined more accurately as a “spiritual or non-secular belief system” which “claims to explain mankind’s place in the universe and relationship with the infinite” and give people guidance on life.”

Some countries have previously ruled that Scientology is a religion, for example in Australia, Sweden and Spain, whilst others count it as dangerous cult; namely France, Chile, and Israel.  Other countries lie somewhere with this scale, with some granting tax-free charitable status without going as far as to say that it is indeed a religion.

OK, so different courts have ruled different things about the religious nature of Scientology.  Perhaps we should look at what its founding father L Ron Hubbard said about the religious status of Scientology.  This is what I do with any religious view – I look at the actual text and see what the words say; I don’t just read the spin on what you want the words to say.  Fortunately, in this case, since Scientology was invented discovered more recently we can actually look at what the inventor discoverer actually said.  This is like having a YouTube Video of St Paul actually speaking, rather than relying on the words attributed to him in the bible.  No other popular cult religion has this chance.

So what did L. Ron. Hubbard say about whether Scientology is a religion?

In 1952, just before Scientology was founded Hubbard stated in the  History of Man:

“Theta clearing is about as practical and simple as repairing a shoe lace.  It is nothing to do with hypnotism, voodooism, charalatanism, monkeyism or theosophy.  Done, the thetan can do anything a stage magician can do in the way of moving objects around.  But this isn’t attained by holding one’s breath or thinking right thoughts or voting Republican or any other superstitious or mystic practice.  So for the reason I brought up, rule out, auditor, any mumbo jumbo or mysticism, spiritualism, or religion.” (Page 34, Chapter 8)

in The Creation of Human Ability:  L. Ron Hubbard, 1953, page 103

“Scientology has opened the gates to a better World. It is not a psycho- therapy nor a Religion”

in Fundamentals of Thought, L. Ron Hubbard, 1956, page 3

“Scientology is that branch of psychology which treats of (embraces) human ability.”

Please note psychology not religion

And also on the same page:

“It is a precise and exact science, designed for an age of exact sciences.”

Which hardly equates to any definition of religion, with the faith and belief inherent in such …

And again from the same text (page 21)

“Probably the greatest discovery of Scientology and its most forceful contribution to the knowledge of mankind has been the isolation, description and handling of the human spirit, accomplished in July, 1951, in Phoenix, Arizona. I established along scientific rather than religious or humanitarian lines that that thing which is the person, the personality, is separable from the body and the mind at will and without causing bodily death or mental derangement.”

So texts written by L Ron Hubbard himself about Scientology state things like “Rather than Religious lines”, “hardly equates to any definition of religion”, “is not a psycho- therapy nor a Religion” and yet our Supreme Court rules that it is a religion?!?

I wish only happiness for Ms Hodkin and Mr Calcioli’s future wedding.  But it is not a religious service, it is just a civil one.   The so called Church of Scientology is not a church in any normal, meaningful, way.  It is a psychological institution.    Even the founding father of their psychology would agree, and has done by his own words…

As always – read the texts.  All religions, cults whatever change over time away from what their founders wanted it to be…  We have Christian fundamentalists preaching against what the word of Jesus actually said and justifying violence and hate, Muslim fundamentalists doing the same, and now we have Scientology calling itself a religion in complete disregard to what its founding father actually said.

Read the texts!

Scientology may now be a religion according to UK law, but it seems that its creator would disagree…

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