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Monday, June 20, 2005
Tom Cruise, in action.

An interesting quote made by the father of Scientology that was brought to my attention by Kris Avalon over at: Of Punk Rock and Politics. A burgeoning, well-written site; be sure to check it out.
"The only way you can control people is to lie to them. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them."
-Lafayette Ron Hubbard, 1952

4 individuals were filming a comedy show that targets celebrities for practical jokes at the British premier of "War of the Worlds". One of the individuals squirted Tom Cruise in the face with a water gun disguised as a microphone. Tom took the joke well at first, and then became incensed as his Scientology training took over.

Before going too much further, it is relevant to explain some background on the bogus cult er, religion that is Scientology. First and foremost, keep in mind that Hubbard was directly involved with Jack Parsons (occultist) in performing the occult rights invented by Aleister Crowley, a nutcase and occultist. Scientology was in fact invented by none other than L. Ron Hubbard, a fellow nutcase and science-fiction author in 1952. According to L. Ron, Scientology is a sub-study of Dianetics which he created in 1950. The main difference between Dianetics and Scientology is that the former is strictly secular whereas the latter focuses more on spiritual issues. The controversial 'Church' of Scientology offers itself as an alternative to psychiatry, which many of the Hollywood elitist set are so desperately in need of.

Apparently, there are many levels to this cult system. Sounds a lot like an MLM scheme to me. Hubbard had (died 1986) been heard saying among his circle of fellow science-fiction writers that the quickest way to get rich is to start a religion. Anyhow, Scientology claims that its members are 'thetans' or, immortal beings (read that as alien spirits). Once the upper echelons of the cult are reached (OT III) they are indoctrinated to 'Xenu' the evil intergalactic ruler (I am not making this up), who implanted 'thetans,' or alien spirits, in earth's volcanoes 75 million years ago, after which they escaped and invaded human bodies. The main belief of Scientology is that you are possessed by the spirits of aliens murdered 75 million years ago by "Xenu" and you have to exorcise these spirits (this taken from Wikipedia).

If you get the chance, take a look at this list of famous Scientologists. What I found particularly funny was Sharon Stone who once embraced Scientology, but has since converted to Buddhism. What was once considered fashionable in Hollywood (i.e. trading sexual partners like they were baseball cards) was given up on by even the dumber celebrities when they were faced with the reality that AIDS is, in fact, bad for you. Now, it's religion. Basically, what you are seeing is the Hollywood elitist set like what's fashionable and in-style at the moment. Trends rule the day in Hollywood, not common sense or independent thought. Tom Cruise is the de facto poster child of the cult of Scientology just as Madonna is the de facto poster child of Kabbalah. The celebrities can have the cult of Scientology as they have trouble thinking for themselves, and desperately need something to cling on to. Kabbalah, however, should be left alone except to those who are qualified to embrace it (read that as NOT the likes of Madonna and the fashionable liberal practices of Hollywood).

All told, the practical joke was perhaps a bit underhanded in my opinion, but overreacted to by someone that believes he is possessed by murdered alien spirits. "You're a jerk." offered Cruise in his moment of discontent. Good one dummy. Honestly Tom, do you think that you are really qualified to be toying with logic, sensibility and reality like that, given your 'religious' choice? What Would Xenu Do?

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