Aaron Smith-Levin, soon-to-be candidate for a seat on Clearwater City Council has another excellent video on YouTube.
Not far into the program Aaron shows a brief clip of Clearwater Downtown Development Board member and real estate developer Ray Cassano announcing that he is “a Scientologist and a Christian”.
“Most Scientologists are Christian”.
Cassano’s statement highlights either a systemic Scientology identity crisis or (more likely) a deliberate hijacking of Christianity purely for Public Relations.
Perhaps it’s both.
Scientology is not a religion.
They are not a “charitable” organization.
Neither are they in any way compatible with mainstream Christian ideology.
COS believes that ultimately, through L. Ron Hubbard’s fictional teachings, man not only becomes godlike but saves himself.
Even if one is willing to set aside all of Hubbard’s heretical commentary; that God is an implant, that Jesus did not exist, that He is “Everyman”, that He was a “lover of boys”. (Statements that no faithful Christian would consider to be anything but blasphemy.) The fact remains that the current teachings cannot be reconciled with Christianity.
Accepted Christian belief is that Satan and his minions were cast from Heaven because of his greed and pride. Not content with all that God had given to him, Satan lusted for MORE. He wanted power and most of all he wanted to BE like God.
All of which sounds exactly like Scientology.
Hubbard’s cult has no God, no Faith and no soul.
COS is a Conglomerate of Hell, conditioning “salvation” on the financial bottom line. Members are cogs in the wheel of income.
Christians believe that Jesus died as a Divine Sacrifice. His death and resurrection paid the debt of Sin and opened the gates of Heaven for all mankind once again. For true Christians there is no other way of Salvation than through Christ.
Scientology’s insistence that they are mankind’s only hope cannot exist in the same sphere as Christian belief. No man can serve two masters after all.
Either one believes that Hubbard has the way for salvation, or one believes in Christ.
In fact, there is no salvation in Scientology.
A comment found on this blog so succinctly explains this issue we include some of it here. We highly recommend reading the entire comment.
“Unlike members of legitimate religions (or even some pretty unsavory ones) who will be able to explain what they consider salvation to be and how to attain it. It also talks about a utopia of a ‘cleared planet.’ If that is required, ‘salvation’ will appear achievable only to the most deluded of bubble dwellers as that requires a planet dominated by the iron fist of the cult’s authoritarian regime. At one point, ‘salvation’ may have meant ‘going clear.’ Seventy years after the release of dianutics, there has yet to be even a single demonstrable ‘clear.’”
B.T.C’s comment continues; “That was before hubbard discovered that there is far more money to be made and power to be wielded by moving the goal posts significantly. Perhaps, ‘salvation’ is attained by working your way to OT 15. Alas, there are no OT levels available past 8. And just like the miracle drug is always promised to kick in AFTER the medicine show will have left town under the cover of night, hubbard made sure NOT to deliver on these OT levels before ‘dropping his body.’ Which means that scientology is unable to deliver, by its own definitions, ‘salvation.’”
Scientology believes that the immortal Thetan continues in a never ending cycle of picking up and dropping “meat bodies”. Living lifetime after lifetime world without end, Amen.
This is not salvation, it’s Hell.
It is especially important for the citizens of the City of Clearwater to consider what this DDB member is saying officially, from his seat on the Board.
Cassano publicly disrespected every Christian living in the city with this heretical lie. He is no more a Christian than Hubbard was a nuclear physicist.
Ray Cassano is a Scientologist.
He embraces everything that L. Ron Hubbard wrote as immutable scripture. Scripture that must be practiced without deviation or question.
If he doesn’t then he’s not a Scientologist, either.
THIS is what Ray Cassano’s Scientology scripture looks like: “For those of you whose Christian toes I may have stepped on, let me take the opportunity to disabuse you of some lovely myths. For instance, the historic Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure (he) has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred…. You have only to look at the history his teachings inspired to see where it all inevitably leads. It is historic fact and yet man still clings to the ideal, so deep and insidious is the biologic implanting….”
What Christian would read this and not be outraged and deeply offended?
Clearwater’s Christian community; how could Cassano possibly claim to be a Christian when this is part of his own belief system?
Rather than being Christian, such writing is, in fact, an attack upon Jesus. Cassano’s paying lip service to a Faith founded upon Jesus’ Passion and Death is wholly offensive.
Ray Cassano could care less about Jesus. Claiming Christian affiliation is just a tool for him. A tool to deceive the people around him.
He is a liar, a heretic and no better than the Pharisees who Jesus spoke of in Mark 7:6 “Jesus said to them, ‘Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.’”
Board Member Cassano has proven that he is willing to do anything, including appropriating the guise of Christianity, just to create an image. This speaks loudly to his character.
Ray Cassano represents Scientology. If he were truly a Christian he would condemn the idea of salvation through man. He would condemn Hubbard’s attack on The Lord.
He is not a Christian and his public claim should be seen for what it is.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
4 thoughts on “Ray Cassano’s Identity Crisis”
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The loyalty and devotion demanded of a Christian (follower of Christ) is very clearly spelled out in Christ’s words: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). Christ claimed NOT to be “a” way but “the” way. He didn’t claim to teach a way but that he “is” the way. He clearly claimed that there was no alternative way.
Leading up to this, the Old Testament is replete with examples of a people chosen by God whose greatest failing (at least in God’s perspective) was idolatry, the worship of other gods. Idolatry did not necessarily mean that the Israelites abandoned their God outright and took their worshiping elsewhere. More often, it meant that they supplemented their dependence on God with other gods–just in case. In other words, ostensibly worship God but also bring a sacrifice or two to the gods of harvest, fertility and prosperity. According to the OT, God would have none of that. And it’s pretty clear that Christ did not relax the standard any either.
It goes without saying that without Christ, calling oneself a “Christian” is a meaningless or even deceptive gesture. A person proclaiming themselves a Christian as well as a scientologist indeed seems to be suffering an “identity crisis.” Most certainly a crisis of their Christian identity. Or they’re pursuing a dishonest agenda.
Not to be outdone, the scientology “religion” holds to comparable claims of authority and exclusivity. Along with false claims of accomplishments, titles and stolen valor hubbard conveyed upon himself the title of “Source,” a label that makes him an exclusive authority and that verges on claims to divinity. Along similar lines, hubbard usurped for himself the authority to re-define “ethics” into his own list of “thou shalts.” Along with a rejection of civic authority nowhere to be found in the Christian religion. This absolute authority is not merely theoretical; interrogations, snitching and the merciless persecution of “apostates” and dissenters makes that perfectly clear.
Although scientologists deny venerating hubbard, his ubiquitous icons, the reverential quoting of “the Scriptures” (his writings, not to be changed, abridged or supplemented but preserved in vaults for posterity’s salvation) and his praise are indispensable to scientology “worship.” As are the provisions made in every org for his “second coming.” Jesus never demanded that the calendar would be reset in his honor but hubbard sure did (according to him, we presently live in the year 71 AD, “after dianutics”).
In its own self-definition, scientology identifies itself to the IRS as a distinct religion, with exclusive “scriptures” demanding exclusivity in adherence (in other words, no religious dual memberships allowed) as well as claims to provide a path to salvation. In practical terms, scientology forbids “other practices” while a member is receiving services which members should strive to do as often as possible (as they are able to pay up). Scientology leaves no doubt that its claims of exclusivity are any bit as real as the Christian church’s. A scientologist trying to balance the demands of their “church” with those of a Christian commitment would have the screws put to them quickly and painfully.
To quote Jesus once more: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matt 6:24). Other than the part about money (given his legendary greed which he deeply embedded in his “church”), hubbard would have agreed with this “one master” idea. Not one to share his glory, he was quick in his wholesale condemnation for psychs, wogs, religions, empirical science, the press and anything/anyone who failed to worship at the altar of ron unquestioningly. I believe that this also goes a long ways toward explaining his vile blaspheming remarks about Christ whom he undoubtedly would have considered an unworthy and unwelcome competitor for the worship that was to be ron’s alone.
Hubbard did not hesitate to tell anyone who the one and only master was. And his minions need not fear that there will be any lack of clarity as to where their allegiance is to lie and how many religions (or “religion”) to direct one’s undivided loyalty and resources to.
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