Lies Debunked: Why is Scientology a church?


Scientology's doublecross

Scientology's® Claims

Subject: Why is Scientology a church?
Date: 2000/03/06

The word church comes from the Greek word kyrios meaning "lord" and the Indo-European base kewe, "to be strong." Current meanings for the word include "a congregation," "ecclesiastical power as distinguished from the secular" and "the clerical profession; clergy."

The word church is not only used by Christian organizations. There were churches ten thousand years before there were Christians, and Christianity itself was a revolt against the established church. In modern usage, people speak of the Buddhist or Moslem church, refering in general to the whole body of believers in a particular religious teaching.

A church is simply a congregation of people who participate in common religious activities. Church is also used to refer to the building where members of a religious group gather to practice their religion and attain greater spiritual awareness and well-being.

In the 1950s, Scientologists recognized that L. Ron Hubbard's technology and its results dealt directly with the freeing of the human spirit, and that greater spiritual wareness was routinely being achieved. There was no question in their minds that what they were dealing with was a religious practice; thus, in the early 1950s, they voted that a church be formed to better serve the spiritual needs of themselves and others who shared their belief. the fist Churh of Scientology was then incorporated in 1954.

Thus, Scientology is a religion and the use of the word church when referring to Scientology is correct.


And now for the truth

Scientology is neither a church nor a religion. It's organized crime.

But even taking the organization's comments above, we find that the criminal enterprise doesn't meet its own requirements for being a church simply because there's nothing religious about Scientology any more than there's anything religious about the Italian Mafia.

In Lies Debunked: Why is Scientology called a religion? we took a look at why the organization started pretending it was a religion: For tax evasion purposes.

Since the Scientology organization likes to quote dictionaries as if that some how proves their claims, perhaps they won't mind if we do the same -- only we'll actually quote the dictionary rather than tell people what it supposedly says.

1. A building for public, especially Christian worship. 2. Often Church.a. The company of all Christians regarded as a mystic spiritual body. b. A specified Christian denomination. c. A congregation. 3. Public divine worship in a church; a religious service. 4. The clerical profession; clergy. 5. Ecclesiastical power as distinguished from the secular. 6. Christian Science. "The structure of Truth and Love" (Mary Baker Eddy).

Let's take a look at each element:

The criminal enterprise likes to claim that it's a religion because the United States' Internal Revenue Service granted them tax exemption. In fact Scientology is lying: tax exemption status doesn't dictate what it a religion and what is not. Indeed, the United States government and its commercial businesses like the IRS are not allowed to make such an Unconstitutional distinction.

Scientology is recognized as a criminal business more along the lines of the traditional organized crime.


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