Look, now correct me if I'm wrong, but did these people enter some sort of whacknut legal contract or not?
I'm not condoning what scientology may be doing, based on what I hear of them, I think they're nuttier than a three-layer peanut fudge sundae.
To borrow a quote from the top-
If mean, that sounds way the hell out there even for a wacko cult, but if it's true then scientology isn't even remotely grounded in reality. And you're screwy too if you sign on for it.
Nutty religions and cults are on the fault of both the organizers and the parishioners. If people stopped paying attention to them, they'd...just go away.
Yes, you're wrong. While this may be true for some cult-like religions (the Jehovah's Witnesses are pretty cult-like but largely harmless, for instance), there are others that practice cold, hard indoctrination.
Plus, they prey on the young, the inexperienced, the mentally unstable, the insecure, the desperate, and the easily-manipulable. If you think that Scientology must be on the up-and-up because they have John Travolta and Tom "I love this
woman" Cruise as patrons, think again.
They isolate you from friends and family and declare open war on those people that try to get you away from the influence of the Church, calling them suppressive persons (or SPs for short). This is classic isolative behavior and while it's not always malicious, it's harmful. They preach against any form of psychiatric care (as made famous again by Mr.
Post-Partum Depression Isn't Real
Cruise, but which goes much much deeper than that) and they do not allow anyone access to modern mental health care if they can help it - thereby making sure that the only sense of validation their members get is from the Mother
They further convince you that even if you wanted help, you couldn't get it. Why? Because you signed a contract. Even the police won't help you now, will they? If you sign a legally binding document, they own your ass - or so they want you to believe.
I am not saying that there are completely malicious people in the CS, but they are not on the up and up, and they will ensnare anyone who is willing to take even a sip of their Kool-aid as firmly and as quickly as possible. The public image of the bumbling religion started by a misguided writer of fiction who believe in the second coming of the Mother Aliens and who shriek and run at the mention of the word Xenu ... it portrays them as much more innocuous than they ever have been, and while it's funny, it also undermines any real attempt at reaching the CS's victims.
Blaming the victims for being mentally ill or desperate for approval enough to sign something... not cool.
*Retaliates with Darwin Pepper Spray*
Then they need to change the name of the Darwin Awards.
Go educate yourself.