When will academics acknowledge that the Scientology 'apostate' theory is finished? - 2016-02-17
We're deep into reporting several cool stories coming your way, so we just had time for a quick thought for you today. We noticed over at the forums that Scientology has put out, among its flood of recent press releases, an announcement about its newest pet academic.
That reminded us of something we've wanted to point out for a while now. There will always be religious studies types at universities who run interference for Scientology. Why? Well, we think it has something to do with the nature of the field itself. Except for a very few who see things clearly, such as Stephen Kent and Susan Raine, the rest betray a need to preserve the field, which, let's face it, is getting less important every day.
Anyway, one of the chief ways that academics provide succor for Scientology, even some of the "better" ones, who have written critical pieces about the church, is that they disavow the testimony of "apostates." They assume that anyone who has left an organization like the Church of Scientology has an axe to grind, and that one should automatically discount the claims made about the "spirituality" of a group by someone who no longer has that spirit.