I wrote a few weeks ago about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and have since been checking out Scientology a little bit.
This is a deadly, deadly organization that kills its members who want to leave and forces adherents to sign a contract that indicates that Scientology can do whatever it wants to you, at any time, without any recourse to family, friends, or other help if you leave, or try to leave:
If circumstances should ever arise in which government, medical or psychiatric officials or personnel or family members or friends attempt to compel or coerce or commit me for psychiatric evaluation, treatment or hospitalization, I fully desire and expect that the Church or Scientologists will intercede on my behalf to oppose such efforts and/or extricate me from that predicament so my spiritual needs may be addressed in accordance with the tenets of the Scientology religion.
In other words, they’ll take you back so that they can re-brainwash you.
If you think that’s all BS, you really need to listen to this interview with a 17-year Scientologist who broke away from the movement. Or read this article about what kind of organization Scientology is. (Also see a transcript of a CNN story by Anderson Cooper on Scientology).
The inevitable conclusion is that Scientology’s favorite front men, celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta, are either brainwashed victims just like the other innocent low-level adherents of the cult, or they’re merchants of falsehood who ensnare others in the evil of Scientology.