I knew Scientology was questionable. Like all other religions, it is based on vague theories and stories and the amazing leadership of one or a few people that convince the followers to do as they command.
But Scientology takes it a step further. It's a cult, wrapped with a corporation blanket and granted the status of "religion," it makes more money than some countries but it has tax-exempt status granted by the IRS.
Yes, it's truly awful.
This is the view and message of this expose, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Which I highly recommend you watch. It's made by HBO so the production quality is of the highest class.
The documentary was released recently and it features several people that were key members of the organization.
They spill their guts on camera and have some astonishing things to reveal. This so called religion is so creepy, that I felt like I was watching a documentary about a cult.
It reminded me of things I've watched before, like Jonestown by Jim Jones. Or like the Heaven's Gate crazies, except these guys have actually gone beyond the small time cult status into a global organization.
They are and have been accused of some serious crimes in the news and this documentary reinforces those positions. From murder to kidnapping, extortion and harassment. The people interviewed in the documentary tell it all and It will make your jaw drop.
Here's the trailer:
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is an HBO documentary and you can get it on demand from HBO, or just watch it when it airs if you have a subscription to the HBO service.
I promise you'll be left in awe after watching it. You thought that the LDS church had a murky beginning? Well, wait until you find out how Scientology got started.