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  • Including one (probably short-lived) link that appears to be a now-deleted blog entry, and then this [modemac.com].

    (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Scientology_references_in_popular_culture [wikipedia.org])

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    • Whoa. I actually knew about the investigators, but I didn't say anything because I wasn't aware it was public knowledge and I was afraid a friend of mine would get in trouble for sharing that. The story I heard is that basically they were having PIs follow him and his parents and the constant harrassment scared the heck out of them. From that blog entry, though, it sounds like a bit more may have happened. Of course, this is all conjecture and rumor, so let that disclaimer be out there.

      And not just co

      • That's organized religion

        Not necessarily. Those are hallmarks of a "cult" but not necessarily a religion.

        • How do you define 'cult' and 'religion'? Someone (Heinlein, I think?) differentiated a cult as a religion where the majority of members have joined it and a religion as being something where the majority of people are born into it. By this criteria, perhaps Scientology only has to wait?

          • FWIW, there are actually two completely different definitions of "cult." One is a technical term that defines a relationship between two religions, and basically means a sect that is a child of a parent religion, but is seen by the parent as being incompatible. Examples: Christianity is a cult of Judaism; Vaishnavism (some say) is a cult of Hinduism; Mormonism is a cult of Christianity.

            Then there's the more subjective definition, which is unrelated, and implies that devotees are in some way "brainwashed," that it is demanded that they make significant sacrifices to the religious community, and so on.