Today the right to freedom of religion or belief is under attack around the world. A recent global study by the Pew Research Center (www.pewresearch.org) focused on 197 countries and territories that comprise 99.5 percent of the world's population. This finds that approximately five billion people, 75 percent of the world's population, live in countries with high government restrictions on religion or high social hostilities involving religion, and are often targeted by religious minorities. Alarmingly, these severe restrictions on freedom of religion have increased around the world. The report provides substantial evidence that an increasing level of restrictions on religious freedom has taken place in each of the five major regions of the world. Religious freedom comes from the human right to believe. And before belief there is a decision, and that involves freedom.
We live in a time when it is admitted that anyone can believe what they want, but the more extravagant the belief, the more it seems to be worthy of support and defense against all damage, except if it is a belief in spirituality or divinity. In short, any idea about the existence of the human being as a spiritual being is degraded, branded as archaic, unscientific, etc.
It is a daily reality, which can be observed in the media, in schools, or even in family talks. If you have a religious belief, something is wrong with you. If you express something in opposition to the current materialistic opinion with respect to the human being, surely you are a religious fanatic. You may be tolerated, but you are no longer worthy of being reckoned with.
On the contrary, strange theories such as those of Oedipus, or about panic attacks or OCD, are heard, which do not have the slightest scientific basis and are accepted as important explanations for nothing. They are mere classifications of human behavior that do not explain why the human being proceeds in such an aberration.
In countries such as France and Germany, statistically alongside the increase in the consumption of psychoactive drugs in the population, there is a decrease in the spiritual conception of existence and attendance at Church, temples or religious organizations.
Secularism has eliminated not only religious education from schools, but directly the issue of spirituality, hiding a human aspect that is real for half the population of the planet. We are not talking about education in a religion, but about ignoring an obvious facet of the human condition, such as biology or history.
Religious freedom is being compulsively eliminated from any public sphere, and it is intended to relegate it to the mere refuge of personal consideration, when in truth it has been the mother of planetary culture. Religion is the first sense of community that the human being had.
L. R. Hubbard, founder of Scientology, has stated “A society is capable of surviving for thousands of years unless it is attacked from within or from without by hostile forces. When such an attack occurs, the primary targets are their gods and their religious and national heroes, their leadership potential, and the self-esteem and integrity of their members ” (The Religious Influence in Society. The Role of Volunteer Minister. - Manual Volunteer Minister - 1976).
Consequently we understand that this impulse is an attempt to reconfigure the human condition, eliminating any power that spirituality may have over culture and civilization.
This reconfiguration is nothing more than the prevailing need for perfectly identified groups, whose objective is the control of the human being. The objective is the use of the human being as a mere biological machine, a mere cellular aggregate that must function as a gear in a larger machinery, at the service of a few.
In 1879 at the University of Liepzig in Germany with Wilhelm Wundt and Ivan Pavlov as a front, these groups appropriated the word "psyche" which means soul. They redefined it and this was the seed and catalyst of the Nazi regime, which seems to have resurrected insidiously in our day, or perhaps never truly disappeared.
Religious freedom is the freedom of the Human Being to choose, since it includes the freedom not to believe, because before believing or not believing, there is a decision that comes from the spiritual capacity to decide. Therefore, believing or not believing are innate conditions of the spiritual being and his decision must be respected.
Once Religious Freedom is socially abolished, no one will have the freedom to believe or not believe. We will all be an indivisible unit protected by a non-existent equality, arranged in a machine at the service of some dark, self-anointed group.
Religious freedom is the last bastion that defends human freedom. Without it we will not have freedom of any kind.
Dr. Gustavo A. Libardi
President Church of Scientology of Argentina