Scientology is in the headlines at the moment because of the antics of Tom Cruise, whose zealotish spoutings on the cult – let’s not pretend it’s a religion – have hit the web and provoked a storm of criticism. The Scientologists, renowned for attacking anything which portrays them in a bad light, used their considerable influence to get the video clip removed for YouTube (you can see Cruise’s sickeningly sincere droning by clicking here).
If you are in any doubt that this is not a religion, then consider this. The whole cult is based on some totally insane “facts”. How about this for a start.
75 million years ago, there was an alien galactic ruler named Xenu who was in charge of 76 planets in our sector of the galaxy, including planet Earth, whose name at that time was Teegeeack …. To finish the story, the Loyal Officers of the Marcab Confederation finally discovered how evil Xenu was and overthrew him. He is now locked away in a mountain on one of the planets and kept in by a force-field powered by an eternal battery. Several of Xenu’s relatives can often be found on the internet newsgroup called alt.religion.scientology or ARS for short battling Scientology daily.
Many Scientologists who have left from the highest levels of Scientology have told us that they have sat in a room at Scientology’s Sandcastle building in Clearwater, Florida for 5-7 hours per day for up to 10 years, holding two asparagus cans together, attached to a primitive lie detector, talking all day to these dead space aliens. And guess what? You’ll never ever finish talking to dead space aliens until you leave Scientology.
As with all cults, this one is dangerous. Finally it seems the backlash has started …