|…about scientology, a faith founded by this utterly misguided and irresponsible chap, L Ron Hubbard. Look at the godly light glowing from his avuncular face!
Scientologists apparently object to being called a cult, and this has created a row over tonight’s Panorama programme, on BBC1 at 8.30pm.
So what *is* the difference between a cult and a religion? Nothing from where I’m standing. They’re both dangerous, play with people’s minds and make them do things they wouldn’t do if they were being rational or logical. The only difference I can see is that when a cult has been around a while and enough people subscribe to it, it’s elevated (and I use that word ironically) to the status of religion. And the only difference between cult and a mental illness is that mental illness is suffered by individuals: cults are when the same delusions are believed by more than one person.
Reader, you already know what I think about all religions. Some are much more sinister than others. The church of England for example, I feel, is as benign as a bad case of acne, whereas catholicism is more like a tropical ulcer – sore and seeping fluid but probably won’t kill you. Scientology takes the medical metaphor to a different level altogether – more like cancer.