Critical Thinking on Anti-Scientology – The Limits of Tony Ortega

If there is one thing to remember about Tony Ortega, it’s that even he doesn’t consider himself an unbiased, objective journalist on the subject of Scientology. This is what he says about himself:

Tony Ortega Reporting Columnist

Because Tony Ortega does not label his blog properly, as all columnists would be labeled on the opinion pages of a newspaper, for instance, it is not at all clear how biased Tony Ortega is on Scientology unless you have lots of experience with the subject.

So with this is in mind, I recorded some thoughts.

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marildi
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marildi

I don’t know, Alanzo. I tend to think his motives are purely egoistic – profit and status.

Richard
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Regardless of what he thinks on his deathbed, for now I’d say he’s living an interesting life. He travels around the country, goes to movie premiers, wrote a book and gets scoops on scn. Scientology has been good to him. I wonder if he wants “Scientology Critic” on his tombstone?

I wonder if anyone wants “Ex-Scientologist” on their tombstone. (a Scientology survivor) High ranking Sea Org might like “I’ll Be Back”. I’m thinking about “Resting in Valhalla” (a keyboard warrior)

Gib
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Gib

I’d put “ex scientologist” on my tombstone along with “understanding critical thinking and rhetoric and sublime writing got me out from the leader and false religion known as L Ron Hubbard & Scientology”.

I’d put “foot note: Le Bon The Psychology of Crowds”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_Psychology_and_the_Analysis_of_the_Ego

Richard
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Great reference, Gib. Freud had me pegged (classified) when I was full bore into scn – lol
It’s a good explanation of the prison of belief imo.

Richard
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I hadn’t thought that much about atheism in terms of an altruistic tradition but it’s a good point. Some atheists might just want to trash all religion while others say atheists can be just as appreciative of the aesthetic aspects of life and the wonders of the universe as believers.

The American Atheist society says something (from memory) to the effect that atheists don’t claim there is no God or Gods, just a disbelief in such. However, a disbelief in Ghosts and Goblins might make Halloween less fun.

Mussorgsky – A Night on Bald Mountain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fizh0m8TczA

Richard
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Grrr – I tried – maybe it’s this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FizhOm8Tcza

Richard
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The Oracle played “Lois Lane – Internet Investigative Reporter” and posted about a hundred negative articles about Tony on Marty’s blog. Helluvahoax once made a post on ESMB about “hate”. He made the point that hate is a human emotion but some people want to follow the trend and be politically correct and say “I really rather dislike . . . etc.” If you hate spinach you hate spinach. lol

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