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Scientology: The Tom Cruise Edition

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by arievergreen

Gawker has been running some scary stories about Scientology lately, all connected to Tom Cruise. It sounds like the recent revelations from high-profile defectors are making serious litigation a real possibility.

More on Paul Haggis’ split with Scientology

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by arievergreen

David Gibson’s Is Scientology a Cult? Is Paul Haggis the Next Martin Luther? gives a little more information about the director’s split with Scientology over their support for Proposition 8.

Interestingly, Gibson suggests Haggis could improve rather than reject Scientology:

One mark of a “real” religion is its ability to reform or adapt. Some religions could be said to begin as cults and over time transform into religions. Similarly, religious traditions, or parts of them, can also degenerate into cults. But cults generally don’t last long because they are so obsessive and rigid that they cannot change in the face of challenges. Perhaps Haggis needs to start his own branch of Scientology. It’s a model that has worked before.

Judging by the inability of many “real” religions to, say, grant women and queer folks and people in other religions equal consideration and respect, I’m not sure that such a reform movement would do much to improve upon Scientology. Wouldn’t its transition from a questionably-culty new religion to a bonafide 100% legitimate religion just give them more power to control people?

Read Scientology: Ecclesiastical justice, Part 3 of 3 in a special report on the Church of Scientology, for a glimpse into the controlling world of this belief system.

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Links roundup: What’s up, religion?

Links roundup: What’s up, religion?

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by arievergreen

I’ve been saving these ones up – stories of ordinary people who are subjected to oppression for religious reasons. (And several of them resist successfully!) Isn’t religion supposed to improve our quality of life, not destroy it?

Scientology Jargon in Action: Squirrels, Locationals and Time Tracks

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2009 by arievergreen

Scientology’s quest to perfect humanity never rests, not even on the weekend. Which is why this member of the cult’s elite “Sea Org” spent his Saturday yelling at an infidel about his inevitable and pathetic death.

The guy with the camera, ex-Scientologist “Axiom142,” spotted some Sea Org staffers getting off a van in East Grinstead, England, and pulled out his camera. The Scientologist he ended up talking to supposedly holds the church’s highest ranking, OT-8, and advised him to “destimulate from your… electronic incident” or die in agony.

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In this article, the dude doesn’t do much besides yell insanely. But I think this shows the level of brainwashing and control that folks in the Church of Scientology are subjected to. If an ex-Scientologist gets this kind of flak from Church leaders, what must it be like for active practitioners?

Scientology anger over ‘scared Travolta’ claims

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2009 by arievergreen

While this story is full of claims on both sides that the rumors aren’t true and that Travolta “is a member and it’s as it was, now and forever”, let’s just say I take those statements with a grain of salt. Who knows what the real story is – read more about what happened, from other sources, and come to your own conclusions.

Britain’s Mail on Sunday claimed church insiders had said Travolta bitterly regretted adhering to Scientology’s teachings when treating his son’s condition and had threatened to quit the secretive church… But the report also claims the 55-year-old actor may not follow up on his threat because of fears it could retaliate by revealing embarrassing details about his private life.

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