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Scientology: “Is it a social evil that should be banned?” -Thread

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Scientology has a wacky history as everyone probably knows. Here’s a question: would the German government be right to to not give it tax benefits, and to discriminate against it? Assuming Germany is right about it being an abusive cult?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_in_Germany#Legal_status

https://www.ekd.de/kirchenfinanzen/kirchensteuer/steuerbefreiungen.html

(I hope you can read German.) This is the official webpage of the Lutheran Church of Germany that mentions their tax benefits because of their status as public corporation and a lot of communities including non-Catholic/Lutheran ones like Orthodox Christians, Jews, Mennonites, Evangelicals, but also one Muslim communitiy and even a few humanist associations enjoy the same privileges.

They get tax breaks and can collect church taxes(though a lot of them haven’t made use of this right so far for example the Muslims and the humanists).

But for more information on the finances of the churches in Germany, I recommend reading ‘Violettbuch der Kirchenfinanzen’ by Carsten Frerk.

Wiki says the discrimination is more than just tax breaks. Germany also spent public funds to send undercover investigators inside scientology for years, in the manner that you would penetrate a criminal syndicate.

Then again, Scientology is known for trying to infiltrate authorities themselves.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Snow_White

But then again, the major churches have non-clerical representatives in virtually all parties.

“Yes, Scientology should have the rights of every other religion”

But what if the church of Scientology were considered a terrorist sect? It doesn’t play fair, and has been known to kidnap witnesses, false flag bomb threats on its critics, and attack innocent people with lawsuits, especially to defend itself from criticism.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Freakout

Santa Muerte & shinigami

There’s a syncretic folk religion that is catching on in Mexico and America. It’s a cult devoted to

 Santa Muerte who is depicted like a Grim Reaper wielding a scythe.

Popularity has shot up because followers believe she’s done miracles. Her mythology isn’t set, but some suppose she is some kind of fallen archangel. The followers are predominately women in places that have become disillusioned with the institutionalized Catholic church.

Wikipedia lists her under folk saints – popular fictional saints that certain Catholics believe in. They are basically mini-gods, not unlike ancestral Gods or Japanese Kami.

Naturally the Catholic church has tried to stamp it out in Mexico, and some vandals recently smashed a statue to her in a Texas cementary. And yet with the violence in Mexico her grisly following has shot up by several million, and immigrants have begun to bring her to America. So if you see a plastic statue to a grim reaper in the future, it might actually be a deity rather than cheap Halloween decor.

P.S.

Shinigami in Manga:

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