Only Itself to Blame: The Church of Scientology - 2009-09-01

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F0.png Only Itself to Blame: The Church of Scientology September 1, 2009, Malcolm Knox, The Monthly

In the Scientology case, the High Court defined religion in Australia. A religion had to have belief in a supernatural being or principle and "canons of conduct that give effect to that belief". It had to have a building and a paid minister and it had to be open to the public.

It is in this spirit, then, that the Sydney Church of Scientology was obligated to accept me again when I visited for a Sunday service some weeks after my personality test.

The service was held in a room in the Surry Hills building. Two walls were covered with a crimson curtain. A third wall had a bookcase containing six trophies awarded to the 'Sydney Org'. There was a lectern and a wooden Scientology cross. Eighteen plastic chairs were lined up for the congregants. Ten came. All, including myself, attended as single individuals. None came with partners or family. Most were men.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Malcolm | last = Knox | title = Only Itself to Blame: The Church of Scientology | url = https://www.themonthly.com.au/monthly-essays-malcolm-knox-only-itself-blame-church-scientology-1938 | work = The Monthly | date = September 1, 2009 | accessdate = February 7, 2019 }}