London Anon Protester Given Court Summons For Sign Declaring Scientology a Cult
A London protester who goes by the pseudonym “Epic Nose Guy” was handed a Court Summons yesterday at Operation: FairGameStop in London for not giving up his right to accurately refer to the Cult of Scientology as a cult. ENG was told by an officer to discontinue displaying his sign and was given 30 minutes to do so. ENG decided not to do this, on the grounds that Scientology does in fact reflect multiple dictionary definitions of cult and that he has the right to call a spade a spade.
This is absolutely ridiculous on multiple grounds. Firstly, Scientology does indeed fit the bill of being a cult.
Here are some relevant attributes of cults as specified by a the American Heritage Dictionary:
- a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
- a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
- a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.
- any system for treating human sickness that originated by a person usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature of disease, and that employs methods regarded as unorthodox or unscientific
Secondly, why should Scientology get special consideration? Scientology itself calls psychiatry an evil nazi pseudoscience that is responsible for many of the worst crimes of the Holocaust and for many of the greatest problems facing humanity today and in the past. On what grounds is it okay for Scientologists to make these types of disingenuous statements while it is not okay for protesters of Scientology to apply the semantically valid label “cult” to Scientology? Is it because Scientology is a religion? Well, this is not at all a valid differentiating factor, for two reasons. Firstly, Scientology is not a religion, and England does not recognize it as such. Secondly, even if it were a religion, so what? Can we please move past the inane notions that religions are special and that religion is a license for special treatment?
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