A couple days ago, I posted this:
"I don't know too much about Scientology. All I know is that Tom Cruise is a Scientologist. I also heard that they try to destroy people who are against them, through a policy known as "fair game". What are some good web links about Scientology?
rrmoderator pointed me to this: "[www.culteducation.com
];, among other links at culteducation.com
I immediately saw a memorial page for Lisa McPherson. Although she died because of her involvement with Scientology, they did not outright murder her. I know that Scientology will seriously harass people that criticize them. Have they ever murdered a critic?
According to [www.lisamcpherson.org
], Scientology will do this:
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I've been a critic of Scientology since about 1987. Scientology, by policy, must attack public critics. Here are some things they've done to me:
Put up a web page smearing me
had private investigators outside my home and going through my garbage
had Eugene Ingram investigate me and visit me twice, taking photos of me
picketed my home
picketed my employer (3 times)
had private investigators follow me (even to church and a movie!)
subpoenaed me in cases I had nothing to do with and their attorney stole from me
put flyers at every house in a 3 block area around my home
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to someone who criticizes them.
To me, it seems that a religion invented by some guy in the 1950s, which states that Xenu, an alien ruler of the "Galactic Confederacy" brought "billions of people to Earth in spacecraft resembling Douglas DC-8 airliners, stacked them around volcanoes and detonated hydrogen bombs in the volcanoes. The thetans then clustered together, stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to do this today." (source:Wikipedia) is absurd.
How can anyone believe that Scientology is true?
I can see how cults that seem like mainstream religions can suck people in, but Scientology is simply absurd.
I guess my questions besides "Has Scientology ever killed someone?", are the following questions:
1) Why would anyone put a target on their back and criticize an obviously absurd "religion"?
2) Why isn't the government doing anything about this "fair game" policy of the Scientologists? It seems their harassment is borderline criminal.
I suppose thinking about Question #2, I've answered my own question "Has Scientology ever killed anyone?" The answer is that they don't want the government on their backs so they have to avoid murdering people. Or if they do, they would have to make it look like an accident...
I'll avoid the whole mess of putting in effort to criticize Scientology, primarily because I wouldn't want to be their target, but also because there are others who have more courage and put their lives on the line to fight against what they think is evil.
But I'd still like to know, has Scientology ever killed anyone?