If anyone out there remembers my "how I became an atheist" piece, Daz On The Road To Damascus, you may recall I mentioned that the initial spark which led to my Damascene moment was provided by a video of a chap, whose name I'd forgotten, talking of how he'd become an apostate of the Church of Scientology.
Well, Gentle Reader, a recent article over at The Freethinker about LRH's son reminded me of it, so I did a little googling and found the very video which started the process that turned me from atheist to Atheist—from a-religious to anti-religious.
What I found shocking, the first time I watched it—having, until then, had little to no exposure to strong religious belief—was how easily people—quite demonstrably "normal" people, rather than whackjobs—could be manipulated into believing such obvious rot. What struck me this time around, was that the only difference between this more modern religion and the more traditional forms, was age and terminology. Quite simply, it seems weirder not because it is weirder, but because there's not yet been enough time to for it become a socially normalised, and hence unremarkable, or even unperceived, weirdness. I've no doubt that if a child could be reared today in complete ignorance of traditional religion, and then suddenly exposed to "normal" religious belief in their twenties, they'd find that belief and those stories just as bat-shit crazy as Scientology. In fact, I'd venture to suggest, they'd see no real difference at all. Because, Gentle Reader, there isn't any.
Anyway, here's the video in question, in all its two-hour-long glory.
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