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By prospect   June 2007


Panorama’s recent report on the Church of Scientology—which provoked controversy when the church released footage of presenter John Sweeney shouting at its representative Tommy Davis—raises questions about our different attitudes towards old and new religions, writes Max Steuer. Old religions are generally held to be worthy of respect, whether by non-believers or by members of other faiths. When they respond with outrage to criticism or ridicule, it is seen as justified. But this live and let live attitude does not, it seems, extend to newer religions, which are seen as fair game for attack. Defending Sweeney, Panorama editor Sandy…

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