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Former science museum now home to Midwest's largest Scientology church

The controversial organization founded by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard outgrew its location on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis and opened its new mega-center to the public over the weekend. Critics denounce the worldwide movement as a hoax and cult, but followers say it's a legitimate religion and an "applied religious philosophy."
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The controversial organization founded by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard outgrew its location on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis and opened its new mega-center to the public over the weekend. Critics denounce the worldwide movement as a hoax and cult, but followers say it's a legitimate religion and an "applied religious philosophy."

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