Lacking any religion of my own makes me impartial on the subject, but I’ll be the first to admit that all religions are not created equal; and Scientology strikes me as the purest of corral litter, suitable only for enriching cornfields. Now we can take a look inside one of Scientology’s E-Meters, and we find that it – like most of Scientology as a whole – is the purest of bullshit. Excerpt:
E-Meters are essentially ways of measuring electrodermal activity, or the ebb-and-flow of electrical activity on the surface of the skin. For scientologists, this measurement is interpreted as a way to “see a thought,” similar to a lie detector, although there is no scientific evidence to back up the Church’s claims. Over the years there have been several versions of the E-Meter produced by the Church of Scientology, which sells E-Meters to members for thousands of dollars apiece.
Although the Church attempts to stop former Scientologists from selling E-Meters on eBay, there are dozens of listings for E-Meters selling for a few hundred dollars each. Recently, the Swiss maker behind the Play With Junk YouTube channel decided to pick up a used version of the E-Meter that the Church used until around 2006.
Here’s the conclusion:
It’s a lot of hardware for a device whose only use is measuring the electrical resistance of human skin. Although Play With Junk is impressed with the quality of the hardware components, he said the device is “certainly not worth thousands of dollars—maybe two hundred dollars or something like that.”
In other words, the “Church” of Scientology is ripping people off, and calling it religion.
This isn’t anything new. The “televangelist” craze of the 1970s and 1980s had their bad actors, a few of whom actually served jail time for fraud and tax evasion. But the Elmer Gantry set seems like a minority in mainstream Christianity, although some of them amass some pretty substantial fortunes at the expense of their mostly working-class parishioners.
But the horseshit Church of Scientology seems especially egregious, with their bizarre ramblings of extraterrestrial beings and “thetans,” and the gobs of pseudo-scientific woo they use to extract money from the rubes.
It’s amazing, really, that anyone in this modern era is silly enough to believe this kind of bullshit. But there are still Flat-Earthers out there. It seems there is no idea so bizarre that some horse’s ass won’t believe in it.