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On This Day…1954

On This Day... 18 February 1954

On this day in 1954 The First Church of Scientology opened in Los Angeles California.

L Ron Hubbard developed the theory of Scientology and ultimately saw his theories become the doctrinal basis for the Church of Scientology.  

Scientology teaches that people are immortal spiritual beings who have forgotten their true nature. One of the major tenets of Scientology is that a human is an immortal alien spiritual being, termed a thetan, that is presently trapped on planet Earth in a physical ‘meat body’.  Scientology teaches that the thetan has had innumerable past lives and it is accepted in Scientology that lives preceding the thetan’s arrival on Earth lived in extraterrestrial cultures.

Scientology claims that its practices provide methods by which a person can achieve greater spiritual awareness. Within Scientology, progression from level to level is often called The Bridge to Total Freedom. Scientologists progress from “Preclear”, to “Clear”, and ultimately “Operating Thetan”.

Scientologists are taught that a series of events, or incidents, occurred before life on earth. Scientologists also believe that humans have hidden abilities which can be unlocked.

In France, a parliamentary report classified Scientology as a dangerous cult and the Church and several members were prosecuted and convicted of fraud.

On This Day…590AD

On This Day...
16 February 590AD

On this day in 590AD Pope Gregory the Great declares that people should say ‘God bless you‘ when someone sneezes.

Pope Gregory I (Gregory the Great), one of only two Popes to be referred to as ‘The Great‘, held office from 590AD until his death in 604AD.

The invocation of the blessing ‘God bless you‘ when a person sneezed originated from the belief that a sneeze was a means by which a person’s soul or vital essence escaped the body hence the sneeze was considered to be a most undesirable thing and people who were unfortunate enough to sneeze needed blessing.

Killer Quotes – Woody Allen – Things done in the name of religion

“If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.”

Woody Allen – Hannah & Her Sisiters

Woody Allen is as known for his scandalous private life as he is for his work as a director and writer.  I don’t know of any single individual who has had more to say on the subject of sex and death – mostly at the same time.  This thought, however, relates to neither of those topics directly but encapsulates beautifully everything that is wrong with religion – in my opinion.  And his.

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