Since the South Park
episode ” Trapped in the Closet
” and Tom Cruise’s towing the party line of The Church of Scientology
concerning Scientology’s view on psychiatry
and non-Scientology brands of psychotherapy, celebrity Scientologists, and their church have become the object of ridicule. Some times being “punked”
for no other reason than their beliefs.
It may actually be the case that Scientology teaches about Xenu the galactic overlord. The cosmology of other religions are as equally scientifically unfounded. Religions, by their nature, teach dogmas which must be accepted by faith. Beliefs which can only be accepted by faith cannot be refuted, or as W.B Yeats wrote, “You can refute Hegel, but not the Song of Sixpence”. In short, dogma is believed or not believed. None of it is provable.
As far as the alleged homosexuality of Tom Cruise and John Travolta, they may be gay, they may not, but it is within the right of anyone to seek spiritual counseling to attempt to change the fact, regardless of how ineffective such techniques may be.
Although the creators of “South Park” renewed interest in the criticism of the Church of Scientology the discussion remains focused on the supposed homosexuality of two men and a science fiction based cosmology. Clouding the concerns of many critics.
Remember Operation Clambake? It is still there still run by the founder but not without a great deal of defending himself against the Church of Scientology. Recently Mr. Heldal-Lund celebrated the 10th anniversary of his site in Stavenger Norway with the debut of a film about Scientology. The film is archived for download here and has been reviewed here.
Remember Lisa McPherson ? Many people have never heard of her, but in critics’ circles this was a huge issue. The story goes that Ms. McPherson was taken from a hospital by church members and held at the Fort Harrison Hotel against her will. I would imagine so. When she was pronounced dead she weighed 108 pounds. She was 5’9″.
Remember the Jone’s Town mass suicides? That resulted in the creation of the Cult Awareness Network. Where is the Cult Awareness Network now? Well it seems that they began to receive a number of contacts from parents and family of members of the Church of Scientology. The Cult Awareness Network was sued into nonexistence by the Church of Scientology. There still is a Cult Awareness Network, however, it is now run by the Church of Scientology.
Remember Operation Snowwhite? Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was still alive then living on a boat and named as an unindicted co-conspirator. According to WikiPedia, “FBI raids on Scientology properties in 1977 not only turned up documentation of the group’s illegal activities against the United States government, but also illegal activities against other perceived enemies of Scientology, such as “Operation Freakout“, a conspiracy to frame author Paulette Cooper on false bomb threat charges, and conspiracies to frame Gabe Cazares, mayor of Clearwater, Florida , on false hit and run charges.”
Eleven people were sent to prison. All of them top ranking Scientologists, including L. Ron Hubbard’s wife at the time Mary Sue Hubbard.
While it may be fun to laugh about Xenu, virgin birth, flying horses, Shiva dancing, and Moses coming down from the mountain, these pieces of dogma aren’t even worth arguing about. They have no basis in fact and cannot be proved. Out of respect for those that choose to believe in a religion I never mention my thoughts about them.
Speculation about someones sexuality may be fun on a sophomoric level, but when push comes to shove, the issue of Tom Cruise’s and John Travolta’s sexuality, what or what not it may be, and what they may or may not be doing about it is really their own damn business. Come on people, grow up.