I sort of hate myself a little for this, but my previously passive anti-Scientology stance has suddenly become an active one after discovering that the Church of Scientology is setting up its UK headquarters in my backyard.
OK, not my actual backyard, it’s actually in a Â£4.25million Grade II listed building down the road, but the entire village is just 3 miles square and frankly, I don’t want them here. Or anywhere, to be fair. I’d rather they didn’t exist at all. And it does no-one any good to say “not in my backyard” when the obvious reply is “ok, whose backyard then?”, but it’s also nearly impossible not to care more about something harmful once its on your doorstep. And Moseley, home of Tolkien and inspiration for Hobbiton, is largely unspoilt by…well, anything, let alone those hideous jackets the cultists wear. Anonymous has already started a poster campaign but it’s clearly too late. And even if the campaign was successful, the Scientologists would simply set up elsewhere, and it would become what Douglas Adams called an SEP. Someone Else’s Problem. And I’m not happy with that conclusion either. No-one wins this one, except the ever-richer Cult of Scientology.