Religious Intolerance–France

An alarming trend toward intolerance in France shows a lack of respect of Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:"Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of … [Read more...]

They should not have died

The tragedy of the latest rampage at Fort Hood is but the next in a long array of military violence and suicides.It leaves most of us in a state of confusion, wishing we could do something about it.If you find yourself in that state of mind, there is something you can do.Watch this video, and then take action.  … [Read more...]

National Volunteer Week

 In his 2014 National Volunteer Week Proclamation, President Obama said, “Through countless acts of kindness, generosity, and service, Americans recognize that we are all bound together—that we move this country forward by giving of ourselves to others and caring for those around us.”According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, some 64.5 million Americans volunteered this year in diverse sectors of society, including churches, health care, education, sports, a … [Read more...]

UK Supreme Court says Scientology is a religion, allows wedding

BY ESTELLE SHIRBONLONDON Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:11pm GMT(Reuters) - A woman who wants to get married in a chapel of the Church of Scientology in London won her case on Wednesday at Britain's Supreme Court, which ruled that Scientology was a religion and the chapel was a place where marriages could be solemnised.Louisa Hodkin, 25, had launched legal action after officials refused to record the chapel as a place that could be used to celebrate marriages, citing a court ruling from 1970 … [Read more...]

Scientology Article Reveals Why People Leave Jobs, Groups, Marriages

“What did I do wrong?” cries the jilted lover—a cry we hear more and more often. According to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, which reports approximately half of U.S. marriages now end in divorce.On a seemingly unrelated subject, an article in the Baltimore Sun quotes Moody's economist Sophia Koropeckyj on the percentage of American workers voluntarily leaving jobs rising to the highest level in four years.Are these social indexes related?In resea … [Read more...]

So where's the stained glass?

If you have only been exposed to Western Protestant religions, you won't see too much in a Church of Scientology that you recognize as "church-like." There is a little stained glass, but not much. There is no large hall where members gather, no hymnals and no pipe organ.There is a weekly service and people do attend, but it is not the centerpiece of religious practice.The practice of Scientology does not center around a deity. It has more in common with Buddhism, it is a path to … [Read more...]

Does Scientology cure physical illness?

No. If you come in to a Church of Scientology with a physical illness you will first need to visit a health care practitioner of your choice and get treatment underway. But once this is started there are thingsthat Scientology can do to help you.In conventional thought, illnesses are viewed as being purely physical or purely mental (psychosomatic). Physical illnesses are treated by purely physical means. Psychosomatic illnesses are "all in your head" and patients are sometimes treated as if … [Read more...]

What is the focus of Scientology?

The primary focus of Scientology is on maximizing the potential of the individual.Scientologists believe that you can change, that you can be better than you are. We believe that you can be a smarter, faster, braver and kinder person. When we take this into the larger sphere, Scientologists believe that the world can be a better place.We believe that we have real practical tools to bring this about. Scientology is populated by people who read what it's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, wrote and … [Read more...]