Scientology vs. Christianity on copyright
Jonathan Kay, writing for the National Post, muses on one of the differences between Scientology and Christianity (and Islam for that matter). He opines that Scientology, through its litigious copyright enforcement, closes off its primary texts in serious contrasts to Christianity, which keeps its Bible free and open. Further, he says that one of the marks of a “bona fide” faith is the freedom to criticize it.
From the article:
[Officials in the Church of Scientology] have also tried to get Google to exclude anti-Scientology websites from its search results, and used hardball legal tactics to harass, bankrupt and intimidate their critics — many of them disaffected former members. In the United States, the Church of Scientology also has been a staunch backer of draconian copyright legislation. If you want to know whether Scientology qualifies as a “religion” on par with other bona fide faiths, try to imagine the Catholic Church or the Saudi royal family charging people tens of thousands of dollars to learn their religious tenets, and suing anyone who dared republish the Koran™ or Bible™ on the internet.