“Ask the Scientologist” explains the BUSINESS of RELIGION

Posted: December 12, 2008 in Reading Assignment

Why Scientology characterizes itself as a religion business business religion

Anyone who pays any attention to the various controversies surrounding David Miscavige’s Church of Scientology knows that there is a lot of information available about this “religion” angle. It is obvious that the Church of Scientology was set up and is run like a business, and that the whole “religion” thing was tacked on as an afterthought, so the question is, “Why?”

Why does Scientology call itself a religion? And why is it important?

Why does Scientology only call itself “a religion” in a few, selected countries, but insists on calling itself a “self-improvement business”, a “philosophy”, a “community group” or something else equally non-religious, in the rest of the world?

When Hubbard implemented this “religion” angle he wrote:

Scientology 1970 is being planned on a religious organization basis throughout the world. This will not upset in any way the usual activities of any organization. It is entirely a matter for accountants and solicitors.
L. Ron Hubbard
Policy Letter 29 Oct. 1962, “Religion”

Get it? “Accountants and solicitors”. It was then, and is today, solely a business matter. What are the benefits? What are the liabilities? In the United States, there is considerable legal protection and there are vast tax benefits for being a religion. The liabilities are relatively small. Sure, that “religion angle” has caused problems, like Albuquerque where Scientology wanted to move into a business location which was deemed “inappropriate for a church”. Oh, Scientology sure wanted a variance then. They wanted to be treated like a business.


Thanks Bill, I’m pretty sure I get it now.


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