Friday, July 22, 2005

Scientology Nonsense

Scientology can't be so great if it produces people who behave like Tom Cruise (someone who acts like a 13-year-old because he has a new girlfriend and who presumes to know more about mental health treatments than health care professionals).

In the 1970s, I dated a man who was involved with est and he wanted me to go to a meeting with him. I politely told him I wasn't interested and I thought that was the end of the discussion but on our next date we attended a theatical performance and a friend of his "just happened" to be there. The two of them tried a "hard sell" technique on me. I lost my temper, dumped my date and didn't attend any est seminars.

New York Post reports:

"Celebrities like Kirstie Alley and John Travolta say Scientology is open and free, but the sci-fi religion's leadership sure hates being scrutinized in the press. When the church learned that Glamour magazine was working on an expose about a former Scientologist for its September issue, it immediately sent two emissaries to Conde Nast headquarters. An insider at Glamour said, 'The story is about a woman who grew up in the church and literally fled to the country to escape her husband, mother and the Scientologists she lived with. During our fact-checking, we called the L.A. headquarters and several hours later two Scientologists showed up at Conde Nast and had security call the editor of the story to tell her she had visitors. In our offices, they demanded to see the story but we declined, noting we don't release stories until they are on stands. They showed up twice more that week with DVD's and books about Scientology and then finally with their comments. During the last visit, the Scientologists saw the latest issue of Glamour with Nicole Kidman on the cover with the tagline tease, 'Nicole opens up about Tom,' and demanded copies.' "