posted on Mar, 7 2007 @ 09:08 AM
there have been quite a few threads on scientology and peoples experiences with it on here at various times. personally, i took a 'free personality
test' when i was 19 at a sort of street fair we have here every summer in the middle of downtown. i was then told i was a deeply troubled individual
and that scientology could help me with those issues that were shown in the spikes of the little needle on this electronic meter that strangely looks
like one of those 'fun with electricity' boards i got for christmas when i was 10.
i then was told through either the donation of money or personal time to the church that they could counsel me on the ways to live a better life, and
being a poor college student that lived on 20 dollars a week while working 50 hours outside of the full schedule i had at school, said yeah right and
shrugged it off.
because i had filled out their little survey i received literature for over a year until i finally changed addresses without forwarding my mail, where
they lost me, helped by the fact that i used the name of my favorite fictional character whom i foolishly thought i would soon be changing my name to
everyone that i personally know that has interacted with the church has been asked in a roundabout way for money, one friend given the same schpeil as
me and actually told that 5000 dollars was the total cost if no volunteer time was given.
later, as you started hearing stories of celebrities going to the church in droves, i became interested again, and found a few sites that gave me a
different look at the religion.
look for yourself here
don't limit yourself though, get the other side to the story too. here
decide for yourself.
also think about other groups that ask for money outright from their followers such as the mormons and the jehovas witnesses, or the implied
obligatory donation in most christian churches.
hope that helps!