Blog: Scientology Churches: Open and Welcoming. Not - 2016-09-14
I was recently in New York, literally across the street from St Patrick's Cathedral. With 15 minutes to spare, I stopped in for a quick visit in the middle of a weekday afternoon.
Literally hundreds of people were sitting on the front steps enjoying the sunshine and doing who knows what. Inside there were probably 500 - 1000 people either sitting in the pews or walking around looking at the architecture, taking photos and shooting videos. They did a cursory purse inspection for women with bags (or men with backpacks) at the door, otherwise access was unfettered and uninhibited. Nobody approached me for money or to take a course or a personality test. The people checking the bags were very friendly.
The building is imposing and the architecture and stained glass windows are impressive. But so was the feeling of peace and openness.