The question is often asked — how can scientology call itself a religion? It doesnt have most of the things that “normal” religions have — worship services, a belief in God, relying on actual gifts and not charging for services, a kind, gentle approach, focus on families etc etc
And of course, L. Ron Hubbard was extremely derisive about religions (I will do a post focusing on his views one of these days) until he realized it could have great benefit to use the “religion angle.”
But one of the things that is most incredible about this business that masquerades as a religion for tax exempt purposes is that it actually presents itself as a business too.
The World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) takes the exact same things that are used in scientology as “religious scripture” and presents them as business “courses”. They even use the same names. These are some of the “Intro Services” that scientology uses to interest and hook new people.
Yet, here they are presented as BUSINESS SOLUTIONS — and not as “follow Christian principles in your business dealings” but “here is ‘administrative technology’ to improve your business.” It’s not presented as having ANYTHING to do with scientology. Yet, it is identical.
This is one of the more blatant indicia that scientology is NOT a tax exempt religious organization.