I’m going to go way out on a limb here and say that I’m not a fan of cults or coercive psychology. So when a Wikipedian noted that there are now 240 Scientology articles in Wikiproject:Scientology, I became a bit alarmed.
Digging deeper, what I discovered surprised me…
Of the Wikiproject:Scientology Participants, this Wikipedian identifies six participants as proponents of Scientology, and eighteen as critics of Scientology. Far from using Wikipedia to advertise Scientology, the Scientology articles appear – in my own opinion – to be surprisingly neutral-point-of-view.
If a potential recruit is interested in joining with Scientologists like John Travolta and Tom Cruise, their google search will likely lead them to articles like Lord Xenu from Wikipedia (this is not a joke)…
Xenu was the alien dictator of the “Galactic Confederacy” who, 75 million years ago, brought billions of aliens to Earth in DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. Their souls then clustered together and stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to wreak chaos and havoc today.
If that doesn’t educate people on the nature of Scientology, I don’t know what will.
Why I Like Wikipedia
If Wikipedia can write in neutral-point-of-view about Scientology, there is hope for mankind. I admit, some days Wikipedia can get me down. Maybe I get stuck in an edit war. Or maybe a Microsoft employee accuses me of libel and says Wikipedia is a Giant Joke. But then other days, I discover something great on Wikipedia. Scientologists working together with Scientology critics to write neutral voiced articles.
In all sincerity, that is quite honestly a great achievement.