Rethinking strategy, challenging Scientology beliefs? greetings people. I know this movement runs under mantra "we are not challenging Scientology beliefs, only abusive practices". This is probably a good thing from strategic point of view, because challenging beliefs of other people is seen as bigoted these days and we don't want them to call us 'hate group'. However, there might be some reasons to rethink this strategy a little, because Scientology isn't like most other religions. Bear with me for a moment. Most religions I know of don't claim to give their practitioners direct supernatural powers. You pray to god and he/she might or might not help you... it's up to the him/her. Most religions don't condone sitting home and praying instead of going to hospital (some do though) because even if miracles do happen they are rare singular events, not something that can be relied on. Scientology, on the other hand, does claim to give followers supernatural gifts that work on command. They claim perfect memory, increase of intelligence, fast healing, and ability to leave your body at will. Unlike afterlife, most of these claims are easy to demonstrate: Just say ten random numbers and ask Scientologist to repeat them; Hold several fingers behind your back and ask a Scientologist to leave his body, get behind your back and count them. Stuff like that might plant seeds of doubt in those who gave a lot of their money to the Cult and are too afraid to admit to themselves that they are duped. All this stories of abuse and evil policies are easy to ignore if you are willfully blind, but "you have perfect memory. Prove it!" is very straightforward and hard to gloss over. I know that an exScientologist said somewhere that he began doubting his Cult when he saw protesters "OTs are supposed to be the most powerful people on earth. Why can't they chase away a few protesters?", which proves that stuff like that can be effective for some people. Imagine if we started casting doubt on their ideas INTENTIONALLY. I am not saying that this is a "silver bullet" that's going to destroy Scientology, but maybe we need to try this approach too.