Sunday, November 23, 2008

Scientology in the news

Guard fatally shoots man armed with swords at Scientology building

I would normally think a headline like that would be strange but since it happened in LA and involved Scientology not so much.

Speaking of which I did catch this headline a few days ago as well:

Germany drops attempt to ban Scientology

Germany has said it considers Scientology to be in conflict with the principles of the nation's constitution, calling it less a church than a business that uses coercion to take advantage of vulnerable people.

Erhart Koerting, Berlin's top security official, told reporters. "The appraisal of the government at the moment is that (Scientology) is a lousy organization, but it is not an organization that we have to take a hammer to."

Snicker. Obviously they prey on the weak and stupid. Explains why the celebrities seem to flock to it.

When I was a kid I went to church with my grandparents. It was a rural General Baptist church and on a good Sunday it had 2 dozen people. I remember when it finally was air conditioned, when the wooden pews got cushions and when they installed carpet I think.

Many churches today do operate as a business at best or are businesses operating as churches at worst. Speaking of which...

Disgraced pastor returns, as Christian businessman

Earlier this month, a guest took the pulpit at Open Bible Fellowship in Morrison, Ill., a 350-member church surrounded by cornfields. The speaker was an insurance salesman from Colorado named Ted Haggard.

The former superstar pastor, disgraced two years ago in a sex-and-drugs scandal, had returned — this time as a Christian businessman preaching a message that was equal parts contrition and defiance. Haggard linked his fall to being molested in second grade and apologized again.

I'm sure a reality TV show will be forthcoming.

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