Reza Aslan's 'Believer' episode about indie Scientology lived down to all expectations - 2017-03-27
Now that we've seen Reza Aslan's Believer episode about "independent Scientology," we can see that our earlier story, which was based on what he was saying in interviews leading up to the show, was really on the money and we don't have a lot to add.
This show was simply dishonest. Whatever you think of L. Ron Hubbard and the idea of past-life counseling, there's just no denying that the Church of Scientology is a shrinking entity that is mired in controversy and accused of shocking abuse. Thousands have left the church in the last decade.
And of those, the vast majority leave it altogether. A very small number, however, continue to practice some version of Scientology. These tend to be older people who miss what Scientology meant to them when they picked it up in the 1960s or 1970s. And not only are their numbers small, but that number is not growing appreciably.