Tamlin, As one "newbie" to another, welcome to ESMB. I have to tell you that, in my brief time here, I've found this "place" to be welcoming, thoughtful, and rather stimulating due to the diversity of views being freely expressed. Might I suggest you google Religious Cloaking in Scientology. I think it will provide context with regard to recent events, and afford you the opportunity to "peek behind the curtain" of the worlds fastest shrinking "religion." Again, WELCOME!