I had negative and positive feelings about religion while I was watching ABC News last night.
story that ABC News was reporting was actress Leah Remini's claim that
the Church of Scientology is rooting for her to lose on Dancing with the Stars.
She has left the church , and she says that the Church of Scientology
often forecasts disaster for those who leave. The Church of Scientology
responded that Remini is self-absorbed, and that it couldn't care less
how she did on Dancing with the Stars.
don't know a whole lot about the Church of Scientology, but Remini's
point-of-view sounds believable. I know of religious movements and
environments that are similar to what she is saying the Church of
Scientology is like. They claim that leaving them or their belief
system will lead to God's disfavor, or disaster on the life of the
person who leaves. And, when a person challenges them, they immediately
seek some moral flaw in that person. In my opinion, this sort of thing
exists especially within conservative Christianity. The story about
Leah Remini made me feel quite negative about religion.
then ABC News had another story. It was about a minister named Becca
Stevens who has a ministry that provides prostitutes with a way to get
off of the streets and on to a better life. She provides them with a
place to live, and they work at her company, which makes soaps, oils,
and lipbalms. This company, according to ABC News, made almost a
million dollars in sales this year. See here to watch the story, and here to visit the web site of the company, Thistle Farms.