January 31st, 2012
11:48 PM ET

Inside a Scientology center

The Church of Scientology opened its newest facility. KOVR reports.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: California • Church • Scientology • United States

soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. The Bobinator

    > Anyone visiting downtown Sac in the last 10 years is jumping for joy right now. More power to the church and all the visitors that are going to invigorate the economy.

    And I've been to downtown sacremento. I'm not jumping for joy. What does your organizaiton say again about generalizaitons Trista?

    February 3, 2012 at 7:56 am |
  2. Asuela T.

    I have been searching for ideas and beliefs that make sense for me, since I was a teenager. I have looked at many religions and philosophies and have discovered what I believe to be a simple truth that applies to all people: My spiritual truth may not be your spiritual truth and visa versa. Spirituality is a unique experience to each individual, that is why we have so many different religions and belief systems. None of us, can say with 100% authority, that MY views are the correct views for all, so we therefore need to support and honor diversity of spiritual thought and practice for all.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • The Bobinator

      You've sorta got it wrong. Everyone is free to believe whatever they want. However, this does not place them beyond criticism.

      In the case of scientology, they believe things that are demonstratably false. They hide the fact that multiple people think they were napoleon in a past life for example. They tell you that an evil alien overlord is responsible for the current state of earth.

      The reality is that scientology is a huge scam that rails against other professions in an attempt to make itself seem bigger. Scientology has never even bothered to prove their own statements. They just tell you "this is the way it is" and that's that. Which is nonsensical.

      If the tenets of scientology are true, why isn't the church conducting independant scientific verification for these claims? If they were proven true, wouldn't that be great PR for the church?

      February 3, 2012 at 7:46 am |
  3. jimtanker

    You can really tell that there are some scientology nut trolls on this board that are chatting up scientology in a good way. Funny to see that the posts by all of these “different posters” write in the same way. Seems like one troll changing their name and trying to convince us all that this sci-fi garbage is something worthwhile.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Go Jack

      Critics will come and die, but Scientology will live on for ever. It's got too much truth to be stopped by anything. Just face the facts Bro.

      March 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  4. Atheist #1

    Their all Cults!

    February 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • .....


      February 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  5. A'shaun

    This actually reminds me of a recent experience with my congregation. First off, I'm Baptist and proud of it! About 5 years ago our Church in Birmingham fell victim to an arsonist. Since that time we were allowed to hold our services at a warehouse held by the local high school and though its not so much the building that matters for a religious body, the dilapidated premises were certainly having a notable impact on the strength of our community. The lack of heating or air conditioning would keep youth groups or bible study groups from meeting for most of the year. We finally erected a new temple and suddenly services are much more lively and groups are beginning to meet again. I can appreciate the nice premises shown in the video because I have come to know the importance of a solid structure for church goers. You can just let go of whatever distractions you may have and focus on your spiritual needs. I think most people might not realize it but Im happy for the folks who will be employing that beautiful church! Godspeed.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      You do realize that scientology teaches that the life of Christ was a lie right.

      February 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  6. BeenThereDoneThat

    Always wondered what the inside of a scientology church looked like, I've wondered how religions will change with the changing times, technology, etc.. I've seen all the mormon ads and checked out that vatican Facebook app. Looks like the religions are committed to changing with the times, makes sense.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  7. Wanda

    The church looks beautiful! I am amazed at how sophisticated the design is for the Scientology church. It is a reason for sightseeing in itself, whether or not you're a Scientologist or a religious person. Great addition to places to see in Sacramento. It's gonna be great for tourism, for Sacramento's culture, and for the community too. Scientology does a lot of things to help out the community whether it be in substance abuse education, promoting human rights, or disaster relief operations.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Another shill scientologist. I mean, who's going to go to a church as a tourism spot. I mean come on.

      Not to mention scientology is a huge scam.

      February 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  8. Jojo

    This can only be good for Sacramento. California is generally a melting pot of religions, cultures and races, and it is only apt that Scientology is represented in the capital of this state. I think it is a great thing that Scientologists have a place to practice their faith in Sacramento. There are Scientologists everywhere, and just like people of any other religion, they look for a place to congregate and converge wherever they are. I am proud to be a Californian, a state where people are free to believe what they believe in, worship a deity that they have faith in, and apply religious philosophies that they ascribe to.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Even a faith that claims that all other religions are false and a faith that imprisons people?

      Scientology does that.

      Why is it that every single faith will tell you what they believe without reservation, but in scientology, you need to pay for it.

      That doesn't seem like genuine faith. It seems like a scam. Probably because it is.

      February 3, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  9. Mary P

    The people of Sacramento are excited to have the church revitalize the community. 'In his salutatory address, Mayor Kevin Johnson welcomed and acknowledged the Church for demonstrating its commitment to the city: “Sacramento is the most diverse city in the country, and your church and what you guys are doing is diverse. This building here is not just a building for you—it’s a building for the community. It’s a building that will help us revitalize this downtown area. The Church of Scientology came to us and said, ‘Look, we want to help. We want to take a historic building and preserve it and renovate it and make it a masterpiece for the downtown area showcase.’ We really wanted to transform Sacramento into the greenest region in the country and a hub for clean technology and you folks are helping to make that a reality. You have done your part.”' The bottom line is, Scientology and Scientologists are not going to disappear. The church will continue to offer services to anyone in need and parishioners will continue to support church expansion, betterment programs and humanitarian efforts.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > The bottom line is, Scientology and Scientologists are not going to disappear.

      Hate to tell you this but they are. You should look at the numbers. In our city, Toronto, the scientology church is empty. Like literally empty. Just like orgs around north america and the world.

      Government estimates put you guys at around 50,000. Just as an FYI.

      February 3, 2012 at 7:50 am |
  10. George R

    Scientology is a cult.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      For once we agree!
      A dangerous cult and a scam too!

      February 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • AGuest9

      I think I'll write some sci-fi novels and have someone found a religion based on them.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  11. Jordan

    Its funny how the same arguments used against Scientology can invariably be applied to any other philosophy. Problem is that no one ever puts all faiths on the same playing field…if they did, these organizations might all be out of business.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • momoya

      Precisely. Humanity's has a propensity to compartmentalize critical reasoning so that precious beliefs are held firm. It is that widespread fungal mechanism of the psyche which should worry us, not necessarily the "fruiting body" of the various religions.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Last time I checked Christianity didn't make you a prisoner for talking bad about the religion or the pope.

      February 3, 2012 at 7:51 am |
  12. Jonmar

    I hadn't been to sac town in a while and I just drove by this building the other day on the way to my parents and I gotta say, it looks sweet! It has a rustic feel but its practically brand new. Might just check it out next time...

    February 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Another shill scientology account. Who wants to believe in a religion that says that we're here on the whim of an evil alien overlord who killed us to take care of a population problem.

      February 3, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  13. Nonimus

    Interesting, I've never seen so many anti-Trolls before. (Trolls post disruptive comments in order to get a reaction from other posters.)
    They all seem to be practicing the Jedi mind trick, "Nothing to see here. Go about your business."

    February 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • AGuest9

      These aren't the droids you're looking for.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Peace2All


      LOL...!!! 😀 Very well said. ! I hope that all is well with you.


      Peace brother....

      February 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  14. Mary P

    That building was built in the 1930's. It's absolutely wonderful to see the attention to detail.

    February 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  15. Nonimus

    To any Scientologists,
    I'm curious about what exactly Sunday Services are like. I mean other than "Auditing" what rituals are there is Scientology?

    February 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      You tell a cigarette ash tray to stand up and sit down while you lift it up and down.

      February 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  16. AutoMaster

    As an owner of a nearby business, I'm for anyone contributing to the beautification and foot traffic of the area, let's get all the major religions down there, Mayor!

    February 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  17. Jr John

    I kind of appreciated this video because I've heard about the religion in passing but had no conception of what their churches actually looked like. It seems pretty cool..might walk in to check it out myself.

    February 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Another shill scientology account. Who wants to believe in a religion that says that we're here on the desire of an evil alien overlord who killed us to take care of a population problem.

      February 3, 2012 at 7:55 am |
  18. The Bobinator

    Here's a little scientology for you all. Tell me this isn't batship crazy!

    Protected under fair use, criticism under US Law...


    Should you desire to confirm this, describe to some uninitiated person the death of a clam without saying what you are describing. "Can you imagine a clam sitting on the beach, opening and closing its shell very rapidly?" (Make a motion with your thumb and forefinger of a rapid opening and closing). The victim may grip his jaws with his hand and feel quite upset. He may even have to have a few teeth pulled: At the very least he will argue as to whether or not the shell stays open at the end or closed. And he will, with no hint of the death aspect of it, talk about the "poor clam" and he will feel quite sad emotionally.


    That's scientology for you. They brainwash you until you think that's a reasonable statement. Which is scary. Because things like the above are so ridiculous and crazy, it'd take a huge amount of effort to make someone think it's reasonable.

    I mean, think about what LRH is saying here. He's saying htat if you move your fingers and describe the death of a clam, the person hearing it, if not trained, may have to have teeth removed. That is to say, an audible and visible aciton can result in physical manifistation.

    This would be very easy to test of course. But those wacky scientologists don't want to test anything hubbard said. Because when they have, it's been shown to be total bunk.

    February 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Nonimus

      I always wondered where the term "clambake" came from. ( http://www.clambake.org )

      February 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  19. Trista

    Anyone visiting downtown Sac in the last 10 years is jumping for joy right now. More power to the church and all the visitors that are going to invigorate the economy.

    February 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      You scientologists are like North Koreans describing how awesome the great leader is. It's obvious to anyone of average intelligence.

      Perhaps the church would be better served by proving it's claims rather then having people post nonsense on the internet.

      I mean, if they were able to prove any of the claims, scientology would have immediate legitimacy.

      Funny how the church doesn't prove anything though. Are they afraid of the results or what might happen?

      More likely upper management knows it's nonsense and they can't afford to have a public flap by having something in scientology proven wrong.

      February 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
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