Monday, April 10, 2017

CNN's Believer Got It Wrong About Scientology

My YouTube video about CNN's Believer & Reza Aslan 

Hey Guys!

I'm sorry for the delay on my blog and posting regular content for you. I've been really focusing my energy on my several YouTube channels, as well as writing my memoir about Scientology. As my blog is relatively new, I know it isn't getting a lot of views and I'd much rather spend time on my channel for my subscribers who watch my channel religiously. I promise I am going to do my best to continue this blog and make posts. I would really love to have a thriving blog and commentators in the comment section. Please help me by sharing my posts and informing others about Mangotology.com. 

A few weeks ago, the CNN show Believer, hosted by religious scholar Reza Aslan, debuted a controversial episode of their show devoted to Scientology. Specifically, it was aimed at Independent Scientology. 


About Reza Aslan: Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American author, public intellectual, religious studies scholar, producer, and television host. He has written three books on religion: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization, and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Aslan is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the International Qur'anic Studies Association. He is also a professor of creative writing at University of California, Riverside. 

About CNN's Believer: In this new spiritual adventure series, renowned author and religious scholar Reza Aslan immerses himself in the world's most fascinating faith-based groups to experience life as a true believer.

The episode of his show was very controversial regarding his viewpoint on the Church of Scientology. He wanted to show a different side of Scientology versus the typical controversy that the media portrays and wanted to see what people actually get out of Scientology. It's an idealistic viewpoint that many have tried to do, and attempt for, TV or Film purposes and ultimately fail. My Scientology Movie initially intended to set out on the allure of Scientology and didn't gain any access to the Church, and neither did CNN's Believer or Reza Aslan. 

I totally understand wanting to see another perspective about Scientology for what the appeal is. But, you can't make a one-sided report and only talk to Independent Scientologists who still glorify and worship L Ron Hubbard. That's going to be bias. I believe Reza would have seen Scientology for what it was if he went undercover into an Org and took a couple courses and see what the average parishoner experiences. Of course, if you say you are a member of the press, they aren't going to give you any access and they won't let you see Scientology for what it really is. In addition, if he talked to multiple Scientology critics to see why we all aren't still praising Scientology and LRH, he would see why it's unfair to just take the comments of a couple of Indies and make a whole one hour television special about it. There is so much harm, so much abuse, and so many atrocious activities that happen within Scientology that you can't just make a report and praise it without informing others about the other side with the dangers of Scientology. 

Let's be honest. If you go on any Freezone website, there are maybe 1-2 dozen Scientology auditors with listings for their services across the world. In comparison, you can find two dozen people in your neighborhood book club or knitting circle. You wouldn't make a national one hour special about those few people and exaggerate it as being the fastest and largest growing movement. That would be lying. Anyone researching Indie Scientology can see it isn't hustling and bustling. It's a small activity from a few die hard individuals. Reza is acting like how Scientology does by inflating numbers and using public relations to make the activity something that it is not to try to deceive the public.

Reza also wants to believe that all religions basically lead to spiritual freedom. Yes, in the early stages of Scientology there are some beneficial teachings. It 100% doesn't lead to spiritual immortality. Is it worth going all the way down the rabbit hole to learn some communication drills? Of course not. People always ask me if they should just take a few courses, take the good, and then leave the corporate organization since it's toxic. No. Firstly, all of the Scientology courses are online for free if you really wanted to check them out. Plus, why would you give money to an organization that you know is a criminal organization that uses money in a controlling way? But anyways, here it is straight: Scientology was created in the mind of a science fiction writer and became a religion to avoid paying taxes. You aren't going to find spiritual freedom in Scientology when you are being beaten, mentally abused, financially extorted, have your identity (social security number and banking information) stolen from you, family & friends torn apart, etc. Those aren't spiritually enlightening activities, if I do say so. And yes, that has all happened to me and thousands of others who have left and speak out about the harm Scientology causes.

Reza, if you are reading this, I challenge you to respond to me. Watch my YouTube video and shoot me an email: mangoman7591@gmail.com with your thoughts. I feel we would have an interesting conversation regarding Scientology. 

For everyone else, I would love to hear your opinions on this specific program and episode about Scientology. Was Reza leaving out blatant facts about Scientology so he can make a program to get in good graces with the cult?

Have a great night everyone 💗
























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