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Today's Poll: 04/02/2015

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HBO released a documentary film called "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" where former Scientology members talk about the inner workings of the church. Do you believe the documentary is propaganda? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
Yes, the documentary is trying to discredit Scientology
No, the documentary is merely shedding light on Scientology
Other/Undecided (explain in comments)
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TYREL82
on 04/02/15
I don't really follow any religions so it don't bother me in the least. I am a nihilist.
irienature
on 04/02/15
Doubt you even know what nihilism actually means.
easyeasy
on 04/02/15
Haven't seen it, do not care
irienature
on 04/02/15
All religion is poison.
jimbo1960
on 04/02/15
Big deal, better things to do with my time
Crispycritter
on 04/02/15
I would like to see it first, before jumping to conclusions.
TheStoicOne
on 04/02/15
Can't answer without seeing it first.
TheCrippledDuck
on 04/02/15
i haven't seen it yet, so i can't give that type of opinion yet.
mfame13
on 04/02/15
Being a documentary, the Church of Scientology had to grant permission for HBO to conduct and produce its content. Seeing that the Church of Scientology has shut its doors in the past to any type of media, I believe it is a form of propaganda however, not negative propaganda. After Tom Cruises' now ex wife Katie Holmes came out shedding a negative light of the Church of Scientology causing the rise of public suspicion and an investigation. The Church of Scientology agreed to this documentary to benefit and redeem themselves.
DaddyEvil
on 04/02/15
When the subject of a documentary is an organization, it does not have to agree to the contents of a documentary. This is why ex-members are doing the documentary.

It is only an individual person that has to agree to be recorded when a documentary is being made.

As an example, do you think McDonald's agreed to be on Supersize Me? They probably objected extensively but because it was a documentary they had no leg to stand on to try and stop a video from being made about someone's experience with their product/service.

All McDonald's could do (and did) was try to spin it to say that Supersize Me didn't do the experiment right and that eating properly with them is perfectly fine for you.
DaddyEvil
on 04/02/15
I chose other. I haven't seen it yet so I can't decide. I will be giving it a view though. It should be easy enough to tell from the tone of the film, and from what they say compared to what we know to be fact already, why they are doing it.
dracdauter
on 04/02/15
I just watched this and it was an eyeopener.
smiles2542
on 04/02/15
don' know
BecciJane
on 04/02/15
It's always good to think critically about someone "revealing" something. Does that person have an agenda? How trustworthy and truthful is that person? What evidence is there to back the person up?
carlj33k77
on 04/02/15
don't know, and don't care.
AMIESAUNT
on 04/02/15
Don't know, don't care.
ShowMe54
on 04/02/15
Don't know, don't care
CAHotel
on 04/02/15
I've not heard about this, but this subject seems to be popping up in a lot of online media lately.
lynna32
on 04/02/15
Haven't seen this documentary so I can't comment on it. It sounds interesting though and I probably will watch it.
Karla11
on 04/02/15
I don't know and I don't care
Pat200
on 04/02/15
I haven't seen the film.
SHopeL
on 04/02/15
don't know. don't care.
Roflo31
on 04/02/15
There are quite a number of people who left the Church who are being harassed for doing so.
LadyLee1967
on 04/02/15
idk a thing about this how about some questions on these polls we can actually answer lol
ArchieRego
on 04/02/15
CAC0 liked this  
Things ca get bad with such kinds of debates on SB
CAC0
on 04/02/15
Exactly.
Lexihexi
on 04/02/15
Did not know about this documentary, so I can't give you my opinion.
CAC0
on 04/02/15
ldf3269 and 3 others liked this  
I watched it. I have my opinions.

Not sure this is the best place to discuss stuff like this. I'm not a prude, support free speech entirely and love debate - just seems like an out of place topic here on SB to talk about.
liljordie
on 04/02/15
monicaaaa7 and 5 others liked this  
I think it's idiotic to vote YES or NO on this unless you've seen it. That said, I was unaware of this documentary and will now watch it because I'm interested in being informed (and, of course, making my own decisions).
janetheinsler
on 04/02/15
Yes I haven't seen it either but am Interested in watching it so I did not vote either
Fetish
on 04/02/15
janetheinsler liked this  
Good idea, and I have already watched it.
baileyswagger
on 04/02/15
WarGreymon77 and 1 others liked this  
Scientology was founded by a guy who wrote fiction mainly sci-fi he had no experience in religion it's kind of sad that a lot of rich people fell for that and Scientology as a whole is worth a lot of money they also bring in a lot of money but since they are classified as a church here in the USA they don't have to pay taxes on the yachts, private jets, mansions, land, etc.
MustangNorm
on 04/02/15
WarGreymon77 and 4 others liked this  
Before L Ron Hubbard was a cult leader he was a talented sci-fi writer. I enjoyed the mission earth series. His writing did always seem to poke fun at how stupid people are. Funny that no one in Scientology picked up on this or they'd understand how much of a scam it is.
Harobed1221
on 04/02/15
jollyjen liked this  
Can't comment on something I haven't seen!
shystermcd
on 04/02/15
Grim0 and 3 others liked this  
The comments section to nearly every poll here on SB confirms my hypothesis that most of my fellow members fall into one of two categories: 1) willfully ignorant, or 2) just plain ignorant.
tinahawk
on 04/02/15
elr201 and 6 others liked this  
So which one are you?
jjennette
on 04/02/15
I haven't seen it so I can not comment on it.
justdayna
on 04/02/15
GatsbyGirl and 1 others liked this  
Another terribly worded question/answer.

YES, they are obviously trying to discredit Scientology.
YES, they are also trying to shed light on Scientology

(Does SB know the definition of propaganda? "information used to promote or publicize a particular cause or point of view")
so YES, it's propaganda.

Something can be true and still be propaganda.

Anyway, I haven't seen it yet but I will at some point soon. So I don't know what I think about the doc. I just know what I think about this question. ha.
GatsbyGirl
on 04/02/15
justdayna liked this  
These poorly worded questions/answers drive me nuts. The Co$ deserves to be exposed and discredited. I'm listening to the audio book of Going Clear right now. It's amazing! The documentary barely scratched the surface.
justdayna
on 04/02/15
@GatsbyGirl And P.S. I am looking forward to watching the doc! So many unknown people have come forward, but as of late, Leah Remini is doing a great job speaking out. As a celebrity, especially it's a gutsy move.
justdayna
on 04/02/15
Lexihexi and 1 others liked this  
@GatsbyGirl They drive me crazy, too! I can't figure out why the questions are often worded so terribly and why the titles on the videos (under Watch) are so often misspelled.
I know I sound obnoxious right now, but it just seems that a website/business of this magnitude wouldn't keep making such mistakes.
lea2206
on 04/02/15
justdayna liked this  
Yes, it can also be rumors or exaggeration. It can be used to help further one's own cause or position, or to harm another person's cause, or in this case, an institution such as the Church of Scientology. The word 'propaganda' has several meanings.
MissSmiles2u
on 04/02/15
I am just learning about it and I would need to know more about the documentary.
MizzSwaggy
on 04/02/15
monicaaaa7 and 4 others liked this  
All religion is BS. Especially the newer monotheistic ones.
justdayna
on 04/02/15
shystermcd and 1 others liked this  
If you're on Swagbucks, you almost definitely could not afford to be part of the Church of Scientology anyway. So all those who want nothing to do with it don't have to worry - they don't want us.
NicoleOshun
on 04/02/15
Lol! True.
Grim0
on 04/02/15
justdayna liked this  
Tom Cruise talks Scientology. An interview were Cruise rambles about what scientology is apparently about without ever explaining. It's like watching a young Japanese couple attempt to express that they love each other (if anyone understand Japan's intensely formal culture and "beat around the bush" personalities, kudos to you). He never gets to the point.

Years ago, the only information to come out was that the church was very careful with its methods, auditing information from members (every secret, even from celebrities) and locking it away. It's safe to assume that this info is used as collateral to keep members from speaking out about the church at all.

Cruise is a guy who openly speaks out his opinions and bluntly discredits interviewers and gets some arrested for squirting him with water. Yet he can't form a picture worthy of a kindergarten classroom of what Scientology is even about...
Grim0
on 04/02/15
I once watched a youtube video where a guy attempted to record some closed-off street gathering of church members. He was verbally assaulted and accused of being rapist/child molester/guilty period (they said this) just for trying to get footage from outside the line. Members say that whatever anyone is guilty of, the church will know. I couldn't tell if they were a religion or glorified neighborhood watch. Either way, I've heard nothing but shady info.

Of course, this could be said about any religion, but the fact that a guy formed this thing less than a century ago (how ancient is ever other religion belonging to a unionised church?) and nobody could actively explain what it's about or their belief systems, just seems way to ominous seem safe in any way. They sound more like the Illuminati than a religion.

Okay, I'm done.
Halie2004
on 04/02/15
I believe I don't care
SugarPuddin
on 04/02/15
I've heard of the documentary, but I haven't watched it and don't know enough about it to have an opinion.
KamenRiderKimera
on 04/02/15
8RCR8 and 2 others liked this  
Any "religious" organization that takes money for the sake of the church? I immediately call shenanigans. Christianity, Scientology, Mormonism, I don't believe it.

It takes away from our ability to co-exist
AndyPJ
on 04/02/15
justdayna liked this  
I'm all about the whole 'Live and Let Live' thing... but I think when you look at the motives and reasons as to why this documentary was made you'll see that there's always a hidden agenda... so I highly doubt someone's just trying to shed light on Scientology because there's very little middle ground when it comes to religion, most people are for their religion and against other/competing religions.
lobiesquatch
on 04/02/15
itsonlypaint and 2 others liked this  
I have not seen this documentary, so I can't judge.
jcams
on 04/02/15
the exact thought i had when i read the poll..... sad thing is tho other ppl who haven't seen it either will judge it.. my opinion is you cant judge something if you dont fully know of it, or know what it is
acw831
on 04/02/15
"prison of belief"
smorr123
on 04/02/15
haven't seen it
godzillaskitty
on 04/02/15
haven't seen. not my religion,why judge?
djt2749
on 04/02/15
In my opinion i would think the documentary would cause me to go to sleep
Cleomepoppy
on 04/02/15
Have not seen it, do not plan to just does not sound interesting to me.
RonBushyager
on 04/02/15
Fetish and 2 others liked this  
I know a lot about Scientology and it is dangerous and a really bad cult. Members get sucked in and end up trapped there. It was started by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer who (before starting Scientology) boasted to other friends who were SF authors that it would be easy to start a religion and make money from it. He was against psychiatry, and started a movement to try to do what psychiatry did to help people. But it became a cult and turned into a religion. I will be watching this documentary.
shadoween
on 04/02/15
Haven't seen it
WhiskeyPreston
on 04/02/15
Fetish liked this  
They're all cults masquerading as religion to get that precious tax-exempt status.
Wenchie1
on 04/02/15
Haven't seen it. Can't say.

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