(Closed) Are you down with Scientology?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How do you feel about Scientology?
    I'm down : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Too weird for me : (143 votes)
    73 %
    Whatever, just don't shove it in my face : (51 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I’m not a fan of anything shoved in my face. Once, in college, I was walking across our campus to class and someone handed me a tiny bible with the statement “You look like you need this.” I was pissed. I wasn’t on a walk of shame, I wasn’t dress inappropriately- likely they were saying this to everyone. But man, was I mad about that.

    Post # 4
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    2867 posts
    Sugar bee

    Not my thing but hey, people can worship whatever/whomever they want.  Brochures are annoying, though.  It’s not just them that do it, I could name several groups that do that.  With anything, I smile nicely and thank them for their time, tell them I’m not interested, and if they continue, take whatever they want me to and throw it away.

    Post # 5
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    2867 posts
    Sugar bee

    @IlsaLund:  Was it a Gideon Bible?  We got those at H.S. graduation and they hand them out on college campus’.  A lot of protestants hand those out or fund Gideon to do that.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @beekiss2: I think it was. It was one of the tiny, brightly colored ones people hand out often.

    Post # 8
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    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m all for religious freedom and I would have normally voted for “whatever, just dont shove it in my face” but the few things that I’ve heard about the religion, (mostly just from the Tom Cruise craziness) is a little too much for me. 

    Post # 9
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    2867 posts
    Sugar bee

    @UpstateCait:  I wonder though if it’s Tom Cruise of if it’s Scientology.  Tom Cruise definitely seems like he’s a few screws short, he may not be the best person to represent Scientology.  I know that John Travolta and his wife are both part of it, and they seem pretty normal.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I dont think you HAVE to take the handouts or brochures, because I certainly dont take anything from anybody on the street. I just smile and shake my head and keep going.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @beekiss2: That definitely could be it. Before all of Toms craziness I hadn’t even heard of Scientology but some of the things that were brought up during that whole debacle were a little too much for me (like the whole “Silent Birth” thing). Then again, too each their own. Like I said, I’m all for religious freedom. I dont like it when people tell me that my beliefs (or lack there of considering I’m atheist) are wrong so I certainly wouldn’t persecute anyone else for their beliefs. 

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Normally I am all for believe in what you want, whatever gets you through this life. But the scientologists in Europe are a whole other level of in your face.

    In Sweden they actively stand on the major walking streets and block your path, trying to make you listen. I have on several occasions tried to politely tell them I don’t want to talk religion with them and they start saying that they aren’t talking “religion”…ok then, what is it!?! Lately I have not been so polite 🙂 The “church” here got a huge fine from the government because they wouldn’t quit calling the house of a former member, despite the fact that that member had since moved and the new tenants had no idea what they were calling for….other than daily harassment for money.

    In France scientology has lost its “religious” standing because of some cult-like practices and demands for money from members.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I voted for “whatever, just dont shove it in my face”

    I am this way about most things I would say. As long as you’re not forcing it on me or trying to change my beliefs, people can do whatever they want as far as I’m concerned lol

    I think thats why I partially dont understand why people are so against gay marriage. I know its totally different, but IMO its not affecting me, so why should I care?

    Post # 14
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    2867 posts
    Sugar bee

    @HoneyBear:  I agree.  Let them be married.  It doesn’t adversely affect me at all.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I had to watch South Park to understand what was behind Scientology.  Its a pain to have religion shoved in your face.  I’m not sure what people see in the religion, but I guess its like all others, people just want something to believe in.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @HoneyBear & @beekiss2: Not to hijack the thread but I always have been and always will be a supporter of gay marriage. I know it has nothing to do with Scientology but I kinda just wanted to say that. It makes me really sad that their unions aren’t recognized by most simply because of their genders. I can’t wait for the day that its legal everywhere. 

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