Ron Paul and Scientology: Religion Shows Up in Force at Convention
“The bottom line is that the guys who are Ron Paul supporters are free-thinkers,” said Doerges. “They’re more literate. They’re able to actually look at data, and make decisions about it. That’s sort of the keynote of Scientology — it literally means ‘the study of knowledge.’ The think on it, as we decided to do the both, was: Look, you’ve already got guys here who actually know that the mainstream media is full of crap. They actually know that there’s more out there than what you’re being fed. Let’s get in front of some of those people, get in front of some of the false data they have on the subject, get them interested in something that actually helps able people become more able.”
Doerges said that a fellow believer had turned him onto Paul. “From being a Scientologist, and knowing Scientologists, a lot of Scientologists support Ron Paul,” he said. “A lot of them look at it and go: Look, the bottom line is the system we are in right now in supressive. It actually rewards non-production and punishes production. And so you have an economic crisis — like, go figure! If you reward non-production, you’re going to get non-production. Scientologists realize that. They tend to be independent thinkers.”
Doerges’s companion interjected: We were hearing one man’s personal beliefs, not any statement from the church. As Doerges described how he got turned onto Paul, though, he kept mentioning libertarian stances that would be good for new-ish religions that want as much protection as possible.