While getting my daily dose of news and drinking my delicious coffee (I know it's against the WOW, I don't care, I LOVE me some coffee), I came across an article that made me actually read the whole damn thing - pretty rare for most news stories -. It seems that the FBI is investigating the Church of Scientology on allegations that they participate in human trafficking and enslavement.
It seems the charges and investigation are based on complaints from former members who tried to quit and were considered apostates. These folks were confined to 'reeducation camps' and were forced to do manual labor until they saw the error of their ways and came back to Scientology.
It seems that the leader of the Church of Scientology encouraged physical violence against any member of the "church" that dared to disobey his edicts.
Members who leave are subjected to a myriad of insane and cruel punishments: Paul Haggis was threatened with "years from now, you will be involved in a scandal that doesn't involve the church".
Gary Morehead - head of security at "Gold Base" - a compound in the California desert, tells of having teams of 'agents' that would round up defectors and force them back to the compound. When asked about it he said "we got wicked good at it"
Other members were forced into labor camps etc. and then folks wonder why atheists stay the HELL away from religion in general?
Maybe the FBI should investigate the LDS Church, they after all, do encourage much the same behavior from their members. Of course they don't have 'manual labor camps' they just have forced service projects etc.
Hmm. Religion strikes again....