Are states cults?
-You're born into them, so they're the only thing you know
-they're very difficult to permanently leave
-if you do leave, you must join another one to survive (like a prostitute switching pimps)
-you must tribute money to the state when you can
-leaders generally sexually prey upon lesser members
-leaders almost never get punished, while lesser members are heavily punished for transgressions
When I think of Scientology, all of the points I just listed apply to Scientology as well.
For point #3, generally the only way to leave Scientology is to go to the police and maybe enter a witness protection program or something. So you've exchanged the pimp of Scientology for the pimp of the American state.