Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Remember's not a lie if you believe it's true.

Well my guest post fell through today based on technical difficulties (read here: Tony not following instructions correctly), so I'll throw my two cents out on a subject that is in the news and breaking my heart.

Scientology has fallen on hard times.

(cricket noises)

I shutter.

Officially know as the Church of Scientology by people who don't understand the true definition and origin of the word church (from the Greek kyriakon which means thing belonging to the Lord), Scientology is...and I'll be nice...a made up belief system by science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard, started in 1953 as a continuation of the concepts found in his book Dianetics.

That's right. 1950' fiction...Dianetics. For those of you thinking the self-proclaimed, self-help book was a product of the 80's, think again. Hubbard died in 1986 and his book was repackaged and released by the now legally chartered Church of Scientology.

Same crap with new and improved wrappings...and an erupting volcano on the cover. uhhhhhhh

Now France is trying to rid their country of the cult. I normally wouldn't have a good thing to say about France...but bravo. The ironic part is the U. S. State Department is being critical of France for suppressing religious freedoms. The same State Department that branded Tea Party participants in the U.S. as possible domestic terrorist...

You read between those lines.

A French court ruled the sect (Scientology doesn't have legal status as an established religion in France) was guilty of organized fraud based on separate claims brought forward by two women. The sect was ordered to pay fines close to $1M and the organizations leader in that country was sentenced to two years in prison.

Vive la France! (God forgive me)

The cult...excuse me...sect has also seen an exodus of high profile members, a move which normally draws relentless, retribution from the Scientologist. Most recently, Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis defected. Rumors have Travolta leaving after Scientology spokesperson Tommie Davis stormed off a sound set during an interview taping of Nightline when he was asked if he believed in Xenu, the intergalactic warlord reportedly at the center of Scientology's theology. ABC aired the footage to the dismay of the group.

No...I'm not making this stuff up...they are. Click on the links.

The fact that the Church of Scientology is legitimized enough to actually be taken serious by anyone is beyond my understanding. Yet, the cult continues to recruit and promote for a fantastically outrageous system of beliefs that goes beyond the supernatural into the realm of extraterrestrial...fronting the likes of Cruise, Travolta and Alley to give validity to the organization.

The United States and Australia are the only two countries that recognize Scientology as a religion. France has gone on record in Parliament labeling it as a dangerous cult. Please tell me what kind of world we live in when France actually makes more sense than the United States?

There are some things much scarier than Halloween...


myundiary said...

I agree. The U.S. has gone :)

katdish said...

I'm not a fan of Scientology. That Tom Cruise is the poster boy doesn't give them much credibility either. That guy is SO annoying!

Tracy said...

I was also pleased when I saw that in the news. The problem with Scientology is that sure, you can have any made up religion that you choose, but Scientology is a money making business.

David said...

Well done my friend.

I am amazed at the need that people have for truth, for God, and for the supernatural; yet they settle for junk like this all the time.

The real test of faith in not in what you believe today, but what you believe when the chips are down and the substance of it produces joy.

I am looking forward to the glory of the Lord. But I am enjoying that very same kingdom here - after all it is at hand.

sherri said...

If Jim Jones were teaching this- it would be labled a cult.
Anytime the "right people" rally around something, it suddenly becomes
very appealing and non toxic no matter the potency of the poison.

photogr said...

Sounds like something the Humanist movement would be backing.

Chris Denning said...

I had no idea Scientology was based on a science fiction book! Why would anyone buy into that?

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

This is fascinating stuff -- and new info for me. Thanks for sharing it, Tony.

Deborah Ann said...

Thanks for the info. I knew this cult was ridiculous, I just didn't know to what extent...