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    • I haven’t meant to suggest that the LDS church damages people. I don’t believe that at all. I think the LDS church creates a haven for people who need some authority outside of themselves to give them a standard by which to live. That’s not bad in and of itself. In fact, that’s exactly what good parenting is!

      It just feels like (speaking for myself) eventually, a person should grow beyond that need and establish an independent internal sense of morality and understanding. Like... grow up. Not have to always have a “general authority” tell you what to do or how to behave.

      But that’s just me...

    • I watched Merchants of Doubt again last night after remembering how great it was (and I needed a clip for a Plant Chompers video I'm making):

      Oh my God it's good, but so very depressing. Hardly anyone can resist the forces of great marketing and money when it comes to what we believe.

    • 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.