What does the Church of Scientology believe about Freedom of Religion?
The Creed of the Church of Scientology says, in part:
We of the Church believe:
That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance;
The Church of Scientology strongly supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.
The Declaration says, in part:
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Scientologists, naturally, agree with the Church of Scientology in its support of this Declaration and the principle of Freedom of Religion.
And anyone who agrees with the above principles must, therefore, agree that, just as someone should be free to choose to become a Scientologist without punishment or harm, so should a person be free to leave the Church of Scientology without punishment or harm.
Is this not reasonable and proper?
Is this not Freedom of Religion?
Is this not what the Church of Scientology and all Scientologists say they believe?
So why, in the Church of Scientology, is “leaving Scientology” considered a “crime”? Why do they declare the person who leaves an “enemy” of the church, a “suppressive person”, who may be “lied to, tricked, injured, or destroyed”.
Why does the Church of Scientology require that all current parishioners “disconnect” (cut all contact) from anyone who has left the church?
Why does the Church of Scientology permanently separate a family when one family member leaves, or when a family member refuses to join the church?
Why do members who no longer wish to belong to the Church of Scientology have to hide that decision to avoid being attacked and separated from friends and family who still belong?
No, the Church of Scientology does not support Freedom of Religion. The Church of Scientology attacks Freedom of Religion every single day.