And it makes one wonder, with all this fuss that the Church of Scientology is making, there must be some religious intolerance around. Let's see exactly who is being intolerant of other religions.
Does the Church of Scientology practice religious tolerance itself? To learn about the core beliefs of Scientology, one, naturally, looks to L. Ron Hubbard who created every bit of Scientology's scripture.
Upon investigation, we find that Hubbard was very, very intolerant of all other religions. Very intolerant. And, because whatever Hubbard said is considered by the Church of Scientology to be irrefutable Truth, his attitude of intolerance is taught to all Scientologists. Of course, this intolerance is never taught at the lowest levels where the church is still pretending that one can "be a Scientologist without giving up their religion of choice." But, eventually the intolerant "wisdom" of L. Ron Hubbard is revealed--and taught--as Absolute Truth.
Hubbard maligns other religions in many lectures and writings. One quote from Hubbard about Jesus Christ is rather famous now:
Somebody somewhere on this planet, back about 600 BC, found some pieces of R6, and I don't know how they found it, either by watching madmen or something, but since that time they have used it and it became what is known as Christianity. The man on the Cross. There was no Christ."R6" is a reference to Hubbard's claim that false memories were "implanted" in people millions or billions of years ago as a huge, evil method of control. Hubbard taught that these evil, false memories are the basis of all major religions on earth. In the following quote, he claims that the basis of Islam is just another false memory implant:- L. Ron HubbardThe Class VIII [Auditor's] Course, "Krakatoa and Beyond", Oct 3, 1968
..finds this enormous stone hanging suspended in the middle of a room. This is an incident called the Emanator by the way. ...and this thing is by the way the source of the Mohammedan Lodestone that they have hanging down there,...Hubbard says this about other religions:
...that, eh, when Mohammed decided to be a good small-town booster in ah Kansas, Middle-East, or something of the sort.
By the way, the only reason he [Mohammed] mocked that thing up, is the trade wasn't good in his hometown. That's right. You read the life of Mohammed.- L. Ron Hubbard
Whats Wrong with this Universe: A Working Package for the Auditor, L. Ron Hubbard, 9 Dec 1952.
I wonder what these people [of other religions] are all worshiping? It can’t be God.Religious tolerance? You will not find it in the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard. And these concepts are taught by Scientology. Scientology teaches religious intolerance, straight from Hubbard.
Religion is always different than truth. It has to be, BECAUSE THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM.
Organized religion tries to control, so therefore it must be lying.- L. Ron HubbardLecture 25 June 1952: Technique 88: "Overt Acts, Motivators & DEDs" Continued
So, what does the Church of Scientology mean when they talk about "religious tolerance"? They mean they should be accepted as a religion by everyone even while their teachings do not tolerate any other religion. It's a one way street.
Further, the church means, by "religious tolerance," that everyone must ignore the crimes of the Church of Scientology, the abuses and the fraud, or they are being "intolerant" of the religion of Scientology.
Do you see what that means? This is very revealing! If protesting the crimes, abuses and fraud of the Church of Scientology is "religious intolerance", it means the church is claiming those crimes, and the abuse and fraud are actually part of the religious practices of Scientology. Yes, that's what they are actually claiming!
But wait, there is even more evidence of the church's intolerance of other religions.
What happens if someone looks into Scientology, but ultimately leaves? What if someone finds out their religion of choice is not tolerated by Scientology's teachings, and they leave the Church of Scientology? If the church is "tolerant" of other religions, that would be OK, wouldn't it?
But no. Once you have bought a book or taken a service, you are counted as "a Scientologist". And you may never, ever leave Scientology. Leaving Scientology is considered a "high crime" by the church:
SUPPRESSIVE ACTSIf one is guilty of such a "Suppressive Act" one is declared "an Enemy" of the church. And Enemies of Scientology may be
Public disavowal of Scientology or Scientologists in good standing with Scientology organizations.
Public statements against Scientology or Scientologists ...Church Policy Letter, 23 DECEMBER 1965, SUPPRESSIVE ACTS - SUPPRESSION OF SCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS
... deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.Hows that for "religious tolerance"?
The Church of Scientology demands that we be "tolerant of other religions" but the Church of Scientology teaches, and practices, religious intolerance.
hypocrisy: The act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation, or a concealment of one's real character, disposition, or motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness.The Church of Scientology is guilty of vast hypocrisy. They bleat about "religious tolerance" but do not practice it.Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Religious tolerance is very important. So, Church of Scientology, why don't you practice it?!