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What are the political views of Scientologists?

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According to the Church of Scientology, the Church does not endorse any particular political views, parties or candidates. The freedom of Scientologists to endorse political parties or candidates of their choosing is guaranteed in the Creed of the Church.

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The Church of Scientology supports a complete separation of church and state. This means the Church believes religion has no place in the government and should not be taken into account when drafting legislation. Individuals who practice Scientology are free to hold their own political views and run for public office.

As an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Church is prohibited from many types of political action, including supporting political candidates, but Salon.com claims the Church lobbies members of Congress by giving sizable donations through individual Scientologists. For several years in the early 2000s, a group of Scientologists maintained a political action committee called Citizens for Social Reform to work with legislators and elected officials to support the goals of the Church. These goals included fighting substance abuse, reducing violence, raising literacy rates and creating a more humane, moral society. While the PAC is no longer active, Scientologists still privately sponsor politicians and legislation that is in line with these goals.

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