View on Other Religions, Interfaith Tolerance & Respect: Official Church of Scientology

WHAT IS THE SCIENTOLOGY VIEW
REGARDING OTHER RELIGIONS?

Scientology respects all religions. It shares with other religions the dreams of peace and salvation. The Creed of the Church states that “all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance.”

On an institutional basis, the Church is well known for its community interfaith work with all religions. On a personal basis, the moral code Scientologists subscribe to specifically mandates:

  • “Respect the religious beliefs of others.”

  • “Tolerance is a good cornerstone on which to build human relationships.”

  • “When one views the slaughter and suffering caused by religious intolerance down all the history of Man and into modern times, one can see that intolerance is a very non-survival activity.”

  • “Religious tolerance does not mean one cannot express his own beliefs. It does mean that seeking to undermine or attack the religious faith and beliefs of another has always been a short road to trouble.”

  • “The way to happiness can become contentious when one fails to respect the religious beliefs of others.”

Religion today is subject to much discussion and critical consideration. Yet at no time has its civilizing influence been more important. L. Ron Hubbard held that religion is the first sense of community:

“When religion is not influential in a society or has ceased to be, the state inherits the entire burden of public morality, crime and intolerance. It then must use punishment and police. Yet this is unsuccessful as morality, integrity and self-respect not already inherent in the individual, cannot be enforced with any great success. Only by a spiritual awareness and inculcation of the spiritual value of these attributes can they come about. There must be more reason and more emotional motivation to be moral, etc., than threat of human discipline.”