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    • What would you call Scientology? When Hubbard was alive and dead?

      Yeah it's not a statement that 100% holds true but I think is largely accurate. It's a cut down version of "The difference between a cult and a religion: In a cult there is a person at the top who knows it's a scam. In a religion, that person is dead".

      Personally I'd call scientology a cult. The whole aliens dropping souls into volcano's thing is way more out there than the average religons imaginary sky friend. They also exert too much control over members and spend too much time and effort stalking and attacking critics for the organisation to pass muster as a group of nice people with the aim of bettering mankind to me. At least most religons can have a decent go at that.