Scientology Acts to Legalize as Religion
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
Volume 1, Number 1
SCIENTOLOGY ACTS TO LEGALIZE AS RELIGION
Three Churches Given Charters by New Jersey
THE MOST certain thing about Scientology is that no one can be certain what this "Science of Certainty" will come up with next.
In February of this year, rumors that Scientology would become a religion lost their swaddling pantlets and became a full-fledged fact. Copies of charters to three organizations, known as the CHURCH OF AMERICAN SCIENCE, THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY, AND THE CHURCH OF SPIRITUAL ENGINEERING, chartered under the laws of the State of New Jersey, were proudly displayed in the Phoenix offices of the Hubbard Association of Scientologists. The Church of American Science is the parent organization for the three churches.
The news was received with mixed emotions. Some were outspokenly antagonistic to the idea. Some who'd nursed the glories of self-determinism since Book One couldn't subscribe to the new idea that the best way to win is to BECOME the enemy. Many from California feared that designating Scientology as a religion would classify it with that state's 9,857,385,237 cults.
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