The Curious Rise of Scientology in Taiwan - 2016-07-28

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F374.png The Curious Rise of Scientology in Taiwan July 28, 2016, Benjamin Carlson, The Atlantic

Scientology around the world is in broad retreat, but to be in Taiwan you would never know that. In an area slightly smaller than the combined size of Delaware and Maryland, with a total population of 23.4 million—roughly the same as that of the New York metropolitan area—Taiwan has 15 Scientology missions and churches. Per capita, it's one of the most Scientology-friendly countries on earth. The island serves as a major source of donations and new members for the church, which has capitalized on L. Ron Hubbard's early suggestions that he was a new Buddha. In a sign of Taiwan's importance to the church, Scientology chief David Miscavige also attended the 2013 Kaohsiung reopening of the hotel as a Scientology megachurch.


{{cite news | first = Benjamin | last = Carlson | title = The Curious Rise of Scientology in Taiwan | url = http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/07/scientology-in-taiwan/493493/ | work = The Atlantic | date = July 28, 2016 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}