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Many religions have had some sort of controversy in their history, from holy wars, through child abuse, to acts of terror, but these individual controversies carried out under the guise of religion do not undermine the spiritual meaning of the religion to it followers. In this way and despite the controversy, Scientology has all the hallmarks of a religion; a core doctrine of principles and rituals, and belief in a divine being that adherents can express their faith in, making it is a faith based religion just as much as any other religion is. Scandals aside, another critique often leveed against the church of Scientology is that it is a front for financial profiteering, however no religion is free. Christianity, Judaism and Islam are a few examples where charity and giving to the church financially are a central part of worship, and places like the Vatican, the centre of the Catholic faith, have amassed a massive wealth in its hundreds of years of existence. Scientology has all the features of a religion, and when compared to other religions it is not so different, just much younger.