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Is scientology a valid religion?

Scientology is legally recognised as a religion in many countries, however it been denied a religious status in others, but granted various other designations of charitable organisation and tax-exempt status, while also being legally designated as a cult in some other countries. Scientology is a hugely controversial and unique organisation with tens of thousands of members globally and a developed theological doctrine, but a sordid history. During his own lifetime, scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard had already been accused of pursuing a religious status to benefit from a tax-exempt status and avoid being prosecuted for false medical assertions made by the organisation. Is scientology a valid religion? Should it enjoy religious tax breaks?
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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.

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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.
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