Blog: The Bully Pulpit - 2010-03-15

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F0.png The Bully Pulpit March 15, 2010, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology

When I was a Scientologist, it was a point of pride that we were a tough, combative religion. We used to brag – and the Church still brags – that we were "not a turn-the-other-cheek religion." If you dared to attack us, we'd attack back. "Attack the attacker" was the mantra.

Recently, I had the opportunity to get another viewpoint on this. I came across an interesting open letter written in 1995 by entertainer Steve Allen to the then-President of the Church of Scientology, Heber Jentzsch. Steve Allen, for those too young to remember, was the original Tonight Show host, before Johnny Carson – a very funny and intelligent man.

In his letter, Allen says: