John on January 30, 2008 at 12:20 am
One of the things that irks us here at VS is the constant desire to broad-brush “religion” as the source of all the worlds ills. In many cases, the people offering such views have one particular religion in mind (Islam) but are too coy or careful to say so.
Ultimately, talking about “religion” is about as useful as talking about “countries.” Whatever convenience it affords you is more than offset by the fact that you can’t say much at all before you need to get quite a bit more specific.
And there are certainly some groups who consider themselves religious — take Kwanzaa and Scientology for example — which deserve to be called out and shamed on a very individual basis. Thus, credit must go to Time magazine for their all out attack piece on Scientology this week. You know they’re not playing nice when the piece starts like this:
By all appearances, Noah Lottick of Kingston, Pa., had been a normal, happy 24-year-old who was looking for his place in the world. On the day last June when his parents drove to New York City to claim his body, they were nearly catatonic with grief. The young Russian-studies scholar had jumped from a 10th-floor window of the Milford Plaza Hotel and bounced off the hood of a stretch limousine. When the police arrived, his fingers were still clutching $171 in cash, virtually the only money he hadn’t yet turned over to the Church of Scientology, the self-help “philosophy” group he had discovered just seven months earlier.
Sorry Mr. Cruise, but Scientology is a racket that puts the medieval Catholic church to shame. I’m for freedom of conscience and against the kind of incipient thought-crime legislation that appeals to would-be autocrats like Richard Dawkins. But I’m absolutely for the freedom to investigate and humiliate this self-serving cult into well-deserved obscurity from which it, hopefully, never returns. Time for Scientology to go out of style.
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