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Sunday, March 14, 2010
Put a Fork in the Church of Scientology
My best cybersleuthing days may or may not be in the rear view mirror. Take this story. There's nothing I could come up with that hasn't already been figured out. If I tried to do too much on this story, I'd be reinventing the wheel. But I will say this. Scientology is dead. It is an exposed, worthless cult. I do wish those fighting to have its church status removed the best of luck. I'm not saying to stop going after them. However, I am one who is into bashing trolls and getting back on topic. I am glad the truth of Scientology has been utterly revealed. Perhaps that same energy which brought about their ruin can now be applied to helping a whole state (Utah) in the grips of the Mormon Cult. A whole state!
This diary won't go into the Church of Latter Day Saints. I've gone over them before. They are a relevant name to drop, however. Such cults get away with mega grifting, because the vast majority of folks lack adequate awareness of how outrageous many "Church" teachings and histories are. I will humbly add a few links, videos, and a couple opinions along the way concerning Scientology. Like I said, one doesn't want to reinvent the wheel. What we should do as thinkers (bloggers) is simply chew on the work already done by others, break it down, and reconstruct it. If you happen to find something new, then yes, of course present it as a new discovery or whatnot. Otherwise, don't sweat it. There is strength in numbers. Anonymous exhibited that with their anti-Scientology campaign. Scientology has only been able to get away with their crap for decades, because they would bully and intimidate anyone who dared speak truth to cult. Unfortunately for them, a critical mass formed which said enough is enough. They won. Scientology lost.
Scientology has fought hard to suppress the true nature of their religion. The confidence game in play has primarily been about selling enlightenment, nirvana or whatever earthly word you can come up with for an all encompassing awareness of the meaning of life, history and our spiritual responsibilities. Unlike most religions which are fairly upfront about their take on it all and the methods by which one can live life proper, Scientology basically asks for the money upfront. Thus, one is compelled to either put faith into unknowns (in addition to emptying their wallets) based on their say-so or forget about it. Scientology is a cult, period!
L. Ron Hubbard was a failed military man, deluded, a con artist, insane, etc.. He was a science fiction writer who even admitted before creating Scientology that the easiest way to make millions would be to create a religion. Hello Dr. Frankenbard.
Perhaps Hubbard studied how Joseph Smith got it done with his Mormon schtick. Basically, here's Hubbard's explanation of who we are. About 75 million years ago, the evil Xenu of the Galactic Federacy (ha!) brought billions of folks over in what so happened to resemble modern aircraft and dropped them into a volcano. Xenu then blew it up with hydrogen bombs. According to Hubbard's science fiction masquerading as truth, the alien entities somehow survived and have been wrapping their greedy paws around our souls. For the cost of a few hundred thousand dollars, one can learn how to rid oneself of the evil infiltrators. Does anyone know if there's a sliding scale or any coupons available? p:>
There has been a healthy debate of why Scientology has targeted celebrities. Rick Ross believes that stars are human too, thus as susceptible as anyone to falling for a cult. Others have mentioned that such people have given Scientology a certain veneer of credibility. Others have argued that the personalities of rich and famous people tend to fester an unhealthy craving for spiritual attainment. I think these are all very good points. However, I think perhaps the major reason celebrities were targeted by this specific cult was because these are generally some of the wealthiest people around. I doubt Scientology has been recruiting people with limited wealth. Or if they have, those become their form of cheap, illegal immigrant labour. I doubt those who can't afford this brand of hoax are getting far past the bouncers at the front door.
Xenu as depicted on South Park
Many years ago, a former member or perhaps others too leaked hidden Scientology documents. This is how the scam had finally been exposed in its full idiocy. In a way, Scientology thus can be said to have experienced death by internet. Scientology had tried to get such things deleted from the world wide web. Yet, as others have said, the cat was out of the bag. Anyone who wants to know the truth of Scientology need only possess a mouse and an internet connection.
Some celebrities have definitely been successful in keeping hope alive for the Scientology cult. Isaac Hayes sounds legit. John Travolta is a well-spoken man who can fly large planes. And who didn't like Vinnie Barbarino?
Tom Cruise, on the other hand, has perhaps single-handedly been the major reason why Scientology has become the laughing stock of America. Think of how things go viral on the internet.
Here's the link to his appearance on Oprah. Here's Dane Cook's depiction of that eye-opening event.
There is something called jumping the shark. It is based on an episode of Happy Days. In short, it is a point of no return, where nothing will ever again allow a person, show, or group ever regain lost gravitas.
The same thing happened to Scientology and Tom Cruise when a video he was involved in appeared on the net. One could easily see that there was "no there there" in regards to this fake religion. The "Church" was successful to a point in getting it censored via Operation Snow White type attacks on anyone who is perceived as an enemy. However, the website Gawker refused to cave in to such bully tactics. That video can be seen there. I went looking for the same one elsewhere and was surprised to see it is on youtube and has been there for a while. Maybe the boy cried wolf one too many times. Many people are no longer afraid of these grifting knuckleheads. I tip my hat to every person who has not flinched in exposing their antics and have helped us get to this point where a fork can be surely driven into the Scientology cult. To those who did back down, it is understood that you did the best you could at the time. I tip my hat to them also.
And here's Craig Ferguson's take on that. Which one is funnier could be open to debate. Actually, this stuff isn't really that funny. It's pitiful. Thankfully, that wicked witch has melted.
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Is Tom Cruise losing it? (rrmoderator is Rick Ross, an expert on cults)