Atheist goes into Scientology center experience

  • Published on:  3/28/2015
  • I went to the scientology center on Hollywood Blvd. during my trip to LA. I went in with an open and mind and everything that I've heard about Scientology being a money making scam seemed to be true. I think Scientology is crazy like any other religion, But the way they try to sell you their courses seemed more like a business then a church. They tried to give me an e meter test. But I said it was too long. And I spoke one on one with the scientologist manager at the location. He used a lot pseudoscience to try to persuade me.

    The back ground information from Wikipedia

    Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986), beginning in 1952 as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics.[6] Hubbard characterized Scientology as a religion, and in 1953 he incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey.[7][8]

    Scientology teaches that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature.[9] Its method of spiritual rehabilitation is a type of counselling known as auditing, in which practitioners aim to consciously re-experience painful or traumatic events in their past in order to free themselves of their limiting effects.[10] Study materials and auditing sessions are made available to members on a fee-for-service basis, which the church describes as a "fixed donation".[11][12] Scientology is legally recognized as a tax-exempt religion in the United States, South Africa,[13] Australia,[14] Sweden,[15] the Netherlands,[16] New Zealand,[17][18] Portugal,[19] and Spain;[20][21][22][23][24] the Church of Scientology emphasizes this as proof that it is a bona fide religion.[25] In contrast, the organization is considered a commercial enterprise in Switzerland, a cult (secte) in France and Chile, and a non-profit in Norway, and its legal classification is often a point of contention.

    A large number of organizations overseeing the application of Scientology have been established,[26] the most notable of these being the Church of Scientology. Scientology sponsors a variety of social-service programs.[26][27] These include the Narconon anti-drug program, the Criminon prison rehabilitation program, the Study Tech education methodology, the Volunteer Ministers, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, and a set of moral guidelines expressed in a booklet called The Way to Happiness.[28]

    Scientology is one of the most controversial new religious movements to have arisen in the 20th century. The church is often characterized as a cult, and it has faced harsh scrutiny for many of its practices, which, critics contend, include brainwashing and routinely defrauding its members,[29] as well as attacking its critics and perceived enemies with psychological abuse, character assassination, and costly lawsuits.[12][30][31] In response, Scientologists have argued that theirs is a genuine religious movement that has been misrepresented, maligned, and persecuted.[32] The Church of Scientology has consistently used litigation against its critics, and its aggressiveness in pursuing its foes has been condemned as harassment.[33][34] Further controversy has focused on Scientology's belief that souls ("thetans") reincarnate and have lived on other planets before living on Earth[35] and that some of the related teachings are not revealed to practitioners until they have paid thousands of dollars to the Church of Scientology.[36][37] Another controversial belief held by Scientologists is that the practice of psychiatry is destructive and abusive and must be abolished.[38][39]