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Sunday July 03, 2005

Tom Cruise flips out, man

Scientology is a religion that I first heard about some years ago, most likely from a gossip article about Tom Cruise or John Travolta. I didn't really know anything about what Scientologists believed or what they practiced. I figured at the time that it was just another passing fad that Hollywood tried on for the cool factor.

I hate to admit it, but I was wrong about that. Tom Cruise and the other celebrity followers are still extolling the virtues of this mysterious religion. And although most of them (John Travolta, Lisa Marie Presley, Kirstie Allie, et al) still seem like relatively sane people, the recent madness displayed by Tom Cruise is enough for me to get my lazy rear end running sprints in the opposite direction.

Of course, it's great that celebrities are looking for meaning in their lives just like the rest of us shmucks in the real world. But turning to an organization started by a science fiction author is not going to fill the void. And it doesn't look like it has done very much for Tom. Of course, I don't know him personally, and I can't definitively say he wouldn't be a crack addict had it not been for his conversion. But from where I stand, I don't see someone at peace with his own life. I only see someone who's struggling with a counterfeit faith.


I don't know a whole lot about Scientology, but there was a woman who was a patient at a birth center where I did my training. She had a long labor with little progress that ended in a C-section. She said afterward that she thought the reason for her inefficient labor was because of psychological/spiritual issues that she knew she needed to resolve, but she hadn't resolved them yet because she "couldn't afford it."

I try not to bash religions, but providing healing only to those who can afford it? I'm glad I can pray for free.

LAmom on July 3, 2005 11:36 PM

Do not feel guilty about bashing Scientology. It is a ripoff from the word "go". It was invented by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who once told some of his colleagues--before he ever started his bogus faith--that the best way to get rich in the USA would be to start a new religion. I think the incident is mentioned in Isaac Asimov's autobiography.

As Frank Zappa said in his song "Heavenly Bank Account", "Remember, there's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over."

From internal exile, Kid Charlemagne

Kid Charlemagne on July 4, 2005 03:17 PM

Joan, that's a sad story. I'm still trying to figure out why people fall prey to these kinds of things.

Kid, I knew about Hubbard's motives, but was unaware of the quote you referenced...

Drina on July 5, 2005 09:08 PM