How could the US government realistically and effectively bring down Scientology? This is an organization that twisted the IRS' arm for tax exemption and has both bent and outright broken the law countless times to grow and get what they want, and almost any one or anything that's tried to challenge them have failed in one way or another. If the Feds came to a unanimous decision to take down the Scientology empire, how could they manage it?
Scientology is a fully recognized and established religion, with its own canon and holy books and rituals, and is therefore entitled to the same treatment under US law as any other religion, regardless of whether you like them or not, regardless of whether or not L. Ron Hubbard was a bad guy, regardless of what you think about any of it. To accomplish what you suggest, the government would have to "bring down" all religions and religious organizations, and you can ask the commies how well that worked out.
Freedom of religion is one of the great things about being American, and if you don't like people choosing to believe in whatever they want to believe, you can go practice sharia law in Europe.
> How could the US government realistically and effectively bring down Scientology?
Put TANKY government in charge for a few months?
Oh, wait. You meant realistically. I guess, you'll have to ask Martians to intervene, or something.
No, seriously. It is possible to take down Scientology either by cracking down on all the religions (Bible Belt gonna have kittens), or by singling out Scientology (that basically implies choosing "proper" religions and going fundie - everyone else gonna have kittens). Neither is realistic.
Ergo - Scientology will persist and prosper. Convert today.
This works only against sufficiently small "enterprises". Scientology is big nowadays.
They're an established religion because they bullied and extorted the government into classifying them as such, and that's just one example. To say that this is just one person's personal resentment of a "religion" shows a serious lack of understanding of what Scientology actually is and is responsible for.
When the Mormons start infiltrating the US government, I'll be against them as well. Face it, nobody is going to take your bullshit scientology shilling. Nobody gives a shit with the fact that scientologists believe in crazy bullshit, that's what every religion does at a basic level. The problem is with all of the countless illegal things they've done as an organization.
And that's the point: "officially" they're a religion, but in reality they're a cult business. Bullying, intimidation, extortion, slander and defamation, blackmail, fraud, espionage, physical and psychological abuse on an assembly-line scale, and David Miscavige is a grade-A creep. It's more of a cult than a religion, and one of the most blatantly business-style ones at that. Other cults that break the law get raided by the FBI or ATF, but that's because they don't have the power and influence to deter the feds as Scientology does.
Because religions are not for profit....
It's like this, imagine you get a little role play club together and start a club house. And you all chip in money to fund your little club, and it's not for profit, but just a role playing club members can contribute to (but don't have to, Mormonism aside) in order to keep it running. The government would not tax this, and so why should they tax religion?
They may not be FOR profit but they, as a matter of fact, DO MAKE a profit. And pretty big ones I might add.
>a little role play club
I actually have such a club! It’s not very big, only four members. But all the money that is put in is for the sole purpose of supporting the club and its members. Guess we deserve exempt status also.
>They may not be FOR profit but they, as a matter of fact, DO MAKE a profit. And pretty big ones I might add.
No, they don't. They make no profit, because there are no shareholders.
>Guess we deserve exempt status also
Don't you already have it?
Yes, it is. If your club is not a profit enterprise, then it doesn't have to pay taxes. If you don't know this and the club is paying taxes, then I suggest you immediately file to get it reclassified, because you certainly don't have to.