Flavin's Corner

Ears Still Shut

Some of the links contained in the following column lead to The Church of Scientology sites.  I regard such as spiritual pornography and advise sensitive folk to check only my hyperlinks, not proceed further without getting drunk first and having a close friend nearby who will slap you silly if you read something and casually agree to it.  Think for yourself.

     The recent hoopla over the steamy teaser for this summer's Eyes Wide Shut, the late director Stanley Kubrick's final film and featuring lots of skin by Scientologists Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, was personally disturbing.
Sure, I spent over a half an hour downloading the clip so I could ogle Nic's bare butt, and even sent the site-link to friends and family, but ...afterwards I felt bad.  All that jumping through hoops to look at the butt of an actress I
don't really care for.  Shame on me...  The news that John Travolta (another Scientologist) will soon begin a film adaptation of the novel Battlefield: Earth, alleged to have been written by Scientology founder and bad science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, is even more disturbing.  I know we're supposed to separate a person's beliefs from their work, but when that person belongs to a dangerous con-cult, I find it impossible to.  My ears are still shut for pleas of tolerance.  Scientology is evil.  Period.

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     Maybe I'm unique in my approach to L. Ron Hubbard, but I doubt it.  At the early age of thirteen or fourteen I read a couple of science fiction short-stories that Hubbard wrote in the '40s.  It was space-cowboy crap and didn't fulfill the visionary goals of sci-fi in the least.  Shortly afterwards, when I read of a mid-'30s meeting between Hubbard and horror-writer H. P. Lovecraft and his remarks about Hubbard's full head of red hair, loud mouth, and
arrogance, my patience with the bad science fiction writer was just about exhausted.

     In 1975, at the age of seventeen and exploring various traditions (i.e., visiting a Hare Krishna temple while reading about Kabbalah), I picked up a copy of Hubbard's Dianetics at a used bookstore.  Someone finally did it, I
thought after reading a few pages.  A science fiction writer had taken the step and began to play the dreaded "God Game."  1975 was also the same year John Travolta discovered Dianetics.  People react differently to the same
stimuli.  I immediately hated Scientology and Travolta remains a member of the Scientology con-cult to this day.

     I've never cared for Travolta as an actor.  I think Welcome Back Kotter was a waste of television air-waves, the movies Grease and Saturday Night Fever are still too painful for me to discuss without swearing, and what roles
he's pulled off since then owe just as much, if not more, to the other people involved with the particular films.  Oh, and yes, I still carry a grudge against Travolta for buying the film-rights for Rice's Interview With The Vampire,
sitting on them for ten years while he insisted he be given a major role in any production of the film, and no, I don't believe Tom Cruise's eventual participation in the vamp-film was any Scientology conspiracy.  Even if it was, it doesn't matter.  There's so much documented evil this con-cult has been up to that petty rumors are unnecessary.

     "Scientology is evil; its techniques are evil; its practice is a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill... (Scientology is) the world's largest
organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy."--Kevin Anderson QC, later Justice Anderson, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

     "Scientologists believe that most human problems can be traced to lingering spirits of an extraterrestrial people massacred by their ruler, Xenu, over 75 million years ago. These spirits attach themselves by "clusters" to individuals in the contemporary world, causing spiritual harm and negatively influencing the lives of their hosts" [USD Judge Leonie Brinkema 4 Oct 96 Memorandum Opinion]

      Are the above quotes "clear" enough?  Scientology is an elaborate con-game which seeks to separate fools from their money.  Hubbard played the God Game" with extraterrestrials substituting for Satan.  There is no law, and should never be, which prevents fools from realizing their foolishness.  One's personal beliefs and practices should remain inviolate.  Yet, we must ask ourselves as responsible caretakers of truth, justice, and common sense: "When someone professes a belief in extraterrestrials should I giggle with tolerance or scream dumb shit at the top of my lungs?"  Cute, huh?  Wrong... Scientology is not cute; I say ...scream.

     In 1993 Scientology was awarded tax-exempt status and recognized as a "religion" by the Internal Revenue Service of The United States of America. There is suggestive evidence that senior IRS employees were set-up,
blackmailed, and otherwise coerced into granting the designation "religion" to a con-cult. [For a NYTimes story, click  here.]  The issue is far from settled and many are actively involved in correcting this mistake.  To the credit of other countries and governments, Scientology has not faired as well gaining a similar tax-exempt status overseas.  Some Americans have publicly criticized those countries for standing up to Scientology and ...I don't know whether to laugh, cry, or scream some more.  I think I'll do the right thing and scream...

     Not understanding the mistake of our IRS in granting tax-exempt status to Scientology and its current designation as a "religion," and because Germany ignored (read: thought for itself) America's definition of a "religion," Tom Cruise's lawyer, Bertram Fields, composed an open-letter to Germany's Chancellor Kohl in which he compared Scientologists in Germany to Jews during the early Hitler-era, and published it as a full-page ad in several major newspapers. [Click  here  to view.]  The ad contained the supportive signatures of such celebrities as Goldie Hawn, Dustin Hoffman, Larry King, Mario Puzo, Tina Sinatra, Aaron Spelling, Oliver Stone, and Gore Vidal.  Dumb shits!  The German government was correct in refusing tax-exempt status to a bunch of whacks and crooks.  Hopefully America will catch up soon.  ...And all those *STARS* who supported Cruise, Travolta, and Scientology?  Dumb shits,

     Most celebrities champion good causes.  Susan Sarandon getting arrested in NYC to protest the killing of an unarmed man, Alec and Kim doing some animal-rights thing, Sharon Stone and AIDS, Whoopi, Billy, and Robin with "Comic Relief," are just some of the many legitimate examples of worthy endeavors undertaken by celebrities.  Standing up for Scientology?  Travolta was interviewed for a German magazine in 1997 and claimed: "Back home this would be inconceivable. As American I consider it totalitarian if someone calls for a boycott of movies. It reminds me of the Germany of the 30s. To Americans religious freedom is sacred."  Sure, John, ...and the 75 million year old alien spirits? [More excerpts of the interview  here.]

     Often we listen to celebrities pitch products, services, or charities because we trust them.  I don't trust Scientologists...  I'll probably see Eyes Wide Shut because it's Stanley Kubrick's last film.  I might go see Travolta's version of Hubbard's Battlefield: Earth if I hear it has good special effects.  But, then again, maybe I won't.  It might be Travolta's right to be foolish, but it's my right not to be taken in by a con-cult.  Gee, I wonder who's producing (and will make the most profits from) Battlefield: Earth?

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