Absolutely this. The 'church of scientology' wants people to equate them to other religions so that the argument stays on philosophical grounds, instead of the practical ground concerning their fear-tactics, scams, attempts to defame critical voices, stifle free speech, attempts to infiltrate government bodies, acts of illegal incarceration and all the other fuckery they get up to.
The real issue with these guys is there cult-like business model and operational secrecy. That’s why we should hate and belittle them, not because of what they believe. I think it’s an important distinction.