Funny I should find this old thread, as only the other night I was reading the very same piece people are referencing. I think it was addressed to Fans and Journalists dealing with Beck (or something of that nature) and gave instructions on how to approach Beck in interviews. The impression I got was that the author didn't know Beck personally, but was forming his own judgement of the situation based on what he had read.
I don't really know what to think of Beck and Scientology. A religion, a cult, a sinister institution, a joke that got out of hand... I think it's probably all of those things. For what I read, once you're in, getting out is very hard and I feel for Beck as he was apparently born into it, sucked in before he could make a proper choice - at least it would seem. I also read that people who leave are often cut off by family and friends who are still in the cult which made me wonder how much bearing that would have on someone like Beck, whose whole family - parents, siblings, step-parents, wife, in-laws - are in the cult. Walking out doesn't really seem an option.
On the other hand, perhaps he actually finds comfort and help in whatever it is that Scientology has to offer and he's happy where he is.
At the end of the day, when it comes to beliefs, all organized religions have good sides and dark sides, it seems, and it's easy to paint every believer with the same brush, but how someone lives their life and treats others is what forms my opinion of people. So, yes, I have problems with Scientology, but it doesn't directly reflects on how I feel about Beck and his music; whatever his beliefs, he doesn't seem to hammer people over the head with them and he actually comes across as a decent human being.
Sorry if this has probably been debated several times already. I'm kind of late to this party!