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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology’s gravest threat is the ‘net

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 19:20 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News -- Write a comment


Back in 1995, when the net was still young, the late Robert Vaughn Young, an ex-scientologist, said the internet would be to Scientology what Vietnam was to the US: an unwinnable war.

Vaughn Young, a former spokesman for the controversial organisation, believed that the internet would create the first place where Scientology could be discussed openly.

Free speech has been an issue for the Church of Scientology (CoS) for a long time, and the internet has become the battleground of choice for those who want the church to be more open about its teachings. Not least, online activist groups, such as Anonymous, that targeted the church in a campaign against cyber-censorship.


The question is, now that the net has matured, was Vaughn-Young right?

  1. You’ll never got participation stats out of the CoS so it’ll be hard to know unless a defector from a central office spills the beans.

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