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Mystery Scientology Theater (We come in peace, take us to your leader.)
Village Voice ^ | June 28, 2005 | Jessica Winter

Posted on 06/28/2005 1:49:45 PM PDT by quidnunc

They came from within: How War of the Worlds anticipated the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard

The ominous tagline in early trailers for the alien invasion blockbuster War of the Worlds was "They're Already Here" — but any learned Scientologist could have told you that long ago. As you may have heard, WOTW star Tom Cruise is a 20-year veteran of the Church of Scientology, which reportedly teaches that human beings contain clusters of "body thetans," or spirits, of aliens who died 75 million years ago in an intergalactic purge of overpopulated planets by the evil overlord Xenu. In Scientology-speak, these "BTs" adversely influence our thoughts and behavior, and must be "cleared" through "auditing," a form of confessional therapy. For Scientologists (whose Hollywood ranks now include John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson), battling creatures from space isn't just the stuff of allegorical multiplex spectacle — it's nothing less than the path to self-fulfillment.

War of the Worlds (opens June 29) is hardly Cruise's Battlefield Earth, but Steven Spielberg's film does make one Scientology-friendly tweak to H.G. Wells's 1898 novel of Martian attack (the aliens' war-making infrastructure has been implanted on earth for millions of years), and it's no wonder Cruise chose the movie as his first production to benefit from an on-site Scientology tent. "The volunteer Scientology ministers were there to help the sick and injured," Cruise told Der Spiegel, like a battle-weary soldier extolling the Red Cross; no word on whether the film's agon incited sympathetic revolts of BTs among cast and crew, though we can all cross our fingers that Katie Holmes's resident aliens, unbound by earthling non-disclosure agreements, will one day pen a tell-all book.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: cult; hgwells; hollyweird; hollyweirdo; hollyweirdos; hollywood; katieholmes; littletommy; lronhubbard; midget; scientologist; scientologists; scientology; spielberg; themidget; thetans; tomcruise; waroftheworlds; xenu

1 posted on 06/28/2005 1:49:45 PM PDT by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc

2 posted on 06/28/2005 1:50:50 PM PDT by TheBigB (Why yes, I -do- rock! Thanks for noticing!)
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To: TheBigB

LOL


3 posted on 06/28/2005 1:52:50 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: TheBigB
Attack of the killer tomatoes

4 posted on 06/28/2005 1:53:11 PM PDT by evets (</sarcasm>)
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To: quidnunc

"Tom Cruise is a 20-year veteran of the Church of Scientology, which reportedly teaches that human beings contain clusters of "body thetans," or spirits, of aliens who died 75 million years ago in an intergalactic purge of overpopulated planets by the evil overlord Xenu."

Hey! That was MY idea!

LOL


5 posted on 06/28/2005 1:54:04 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: quidnunc
Tom Cruise is a frikken....


6 posted on 06/28/2005 1:54:26 PM PDT by WilliamWallace1999
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To: quidnunc

OMG...is this crazy or what....


7 posted on 06/28/2005 1:54:43 PM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: quidnunc

Methinks an exorcism is in order. Everytime I've seen clips of Cruise lately, I expect his head to do a 360.


8 posted on 06/28/2005 1:56:55 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: quidnunc
For Scientologists (whose Hollywood ranks now include ... Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson),

Ay Carumba!

9 posted on 06/28/2005 1:57:16 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Bork should have had Kennedy's USSC seat and Kelo v. New London would have gone the other way.)
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To: quidnunc

And psychiatry is pseudo science, so don't believe it!

Lol


10 posted on 06/28/2005 1:59:59 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: quidnunc

From the Villiage Voice... How ironic of them to be pointing out who is crazy.


11 posted on 06/28/2005 2:02:14 PM PDT by Right_at_RiceU (You don't need a gun to kill hippies, just soap or work.)
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To: quidnunc
Tom Cruise, Sith Lord?
12 posted on 06/28/2005 2:02:19 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Canada is the answer to a question that nobody bothered to ask." --Stand W)
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To: Right_at_RiceU

Stopped clocks etc.


13 posted on 06/28/2005 2:02:56 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Canada is the answer to a question that nobody bothered to ask." --Stand W)
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To: shield

Let's see... they deny that mental illness exists, deny psychiatric care to the crazies who join their cult, and the only way to get to the upper levels of their hierarchy is to pay tens of thousands of dollars?

So you have poverty-stricken crazies at the lower levels of the "org" and rich crazies at the top? Sounds an awful lot like -- gulp -- the DEMOCRATS!!


14 posted on 06/28/2005 2:03:13 PM PDT by 0scill8r
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To: 0scill8r

LOL...these folks in this cult are 'bout as crazy as it gets...since cruise fired his handler (publicist) and sister is now his handler (publicist), she's allowing him to be himself...which is crazy tom cruise for the world to see....are we now seeing in living color the self destruction of tommy boy? ;o)


15 posted on 06/28/2005 2:07:46 PM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: 0scill8r
and the only way to get to the upper levels of their hierarchy is to pay tens of thousands of dollars?

Which is spent on more and more auditing. Evenetually when the member reaches what are called the OT levels (for operating thetan) they start auditing to rid themselves of these body thetans. But there's a huge catch. You can pick up more body thetans everywheer you go. So you get into an endless cycle of clean and get polluted again. This tends to lead most of them to some major psychosis.

17 posted on 06/28/2005 2:29:54 PM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: quidnunc

http://www.scientology.org/


18 posted on 06/28/2005 2:31:48 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: evets

That looks like David Gergen!


19 posted on 06/28/2005 2:32:59 PM PDT by devane617
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To: quidnunc

I'm automatically suspicious of any religion that requires me to level up like a character in a video game.


20 posted on 06/28/2005 2:39:04 PM PDT by Hawkeye's Girl
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To: quidnunc

Yesterday on Good Morning Amerika, Cruise was on talking about Scientology.

He said that it was non-denominational. Anyone could be a Scientologist. He said he knew Catholic Scientologists, Baptist Scientologists, Jewish Scientologists and Hindu Scientologists. Grrrrr. I yelled that the TV.


21 posted on 06/28/2005 2:45:10 PM PDT by Jaded (Hell sometimes has fluorescent lighting and a trumpet.)
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To: John O
John O wrote: (and the only way to get to the upper levels of their hierarchy is to pay tens of thousands of dollars?) Which is spent on more and more auditing. Evenetually when the member reaches what are called the OT levels (for operating thetan) they start auditing to rid themselves of these body thetans. But there's a huge catch. You can pick up more body thetans everywheer you go. So you get into an endless cycle of clean and get polluted again. This tends to lead most of them to some major psychosis.

It also leads many people into bankrupcy unless they are well-heeled like Cruise and his Hollywood cronies.

The auditors hold multiple sessions where the auditee holds the electrodes of a Wheatstone bride — which acts like a simple lie detector — while the auditor interrogates the auditee in order to make him confront and eliminate the ingrams which the body thetans implant.

Reportedly a full course of auditing runs into six figures.

22 posted on 06/28/2005 2:48:37 PM PDT by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: Hawkeye's Girl

(Starter quietly scraps his plans to start Everquestology.)


23 posted on 06/28/2005 2:49:40 PM PDT by Starter
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To: quidnunc

I wonder what it is about this B.S. that appeals to over-egoed, over-paid, over-emotional and under-talented Hollywierd types think it's so great? "Scientology" is playing to SOMEthing to catch them in the net.


24 posted on 06/28/2005 2:54:00 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (George Allen will decimate Hitlery in '08)
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To: quidnunc
the Church of Scientology... reportedly teaches that human beings contain clusters of "body thetans," or spirits, of aliens who died 75 million years ago in an intergalactic purge of overpopulated planets by the evil overlord Xenu.

You're kidding, right? I mean, this sounds like something a mildly imaginative second-grader came up with. There are grown people walking free who believe this stuff?????

25 posted on 06/28/2005 2:56:12 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: mizmoutarde

LOL....yes, the key is EXPOSURE....isn't felos in this cult?


26 posted on 06/28/2005 2:57:36 PM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: Jaded
He said that it was non-denominational. Anyone could be a Scientologist. He said he knew Catholic Scientologists, Baptist Scientologists, Jewish Scientologists and Hindu Scientologists. Grrrrr. I yelled that the TV.

Yeah, but I bet he doesn't know any intelligent scientologists.

27 posted on 06/28/2005 2:58:40 PM PDT by feedback doctor (If you won't love the least of people, then you can't love any people)
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To: quidnunc

And to think that at one time, a young Tom Cruise had entered a Catholic seminary with visions of becoming a priest.


28 posted on 06/28/2005 4:05:46 PM PDT by Jersey Jim (Jersey really is a nice place..........well, maybe not)
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To: windcliff

ping


29 posted on 06/28/2005 5:00:43 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: IronJack

"You're kidding, right?"

That is just the tip of the iceberg:

http://www.xenu.net/


30 posted on 06/28/2005 5:55:57 PM PDT by D-fendr
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To: Right_at_RiceU
From the Villiage Voice...

Cruise told Der Spiegel...

Aren't both of them communist newspapers?

31 posted on 06/28/2005 6:50:02 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: quidnunc
Scientologists are very dangerous nutcases.

On December 5, 1995, Lisa McPherson was dead on arrival at a hospital 45 minutes north of Clearwater Florida. According to the coroner's report, Lisa was underweight, severely dehydrated, and had bruises and bug bites (see the entire report here).

Lisa's last address was listed by the police as 210 S. Ft. Harrison in Clearwater Florida, which is the Fort Harrison Hotel, a Scientology property. Lisa had been a Scientologist from the age of 18 to her death at age 36.

Lisa was put on the Introspection Rundown that Scientology uses to handle those who have had a psychotic break.

On November 18, 1995, Lisa was involved in a minor car accident. She was apparently not hurt, but she got out of her car and took all her clothes off and seemed mentally unstable. She was taken to a hospital where she was physically evaluated as being unharmed, but the hospital wanted her to be psychologically cared for. However, some Scientologists arrived and stated that Lisa did not believe in psychiatry, and she checked out after a short evaluation and left with the Scientologists. She went with them to the Ft. Harrison Hotel for "rest and relaxation" according to the church, but church logs from Lisa's stay there from November 18 to her death December 5 show differently. Some logs are missing, and a high ranking ex-Scientologist has written an affidavit in which he claims that the church has in the past destroyed documents that might get the church in trouble

Link to more info

32 posted on 06/28/2005 7:18:31 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: joanie-f

I know how open-minded you are and also that you are a strong Christian, so I would be fascinated to hear your take on this. {g}


33 posted on 06/28/2005 9:47:37 PM PDT by Minuteman23
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To: D-fendr; IronJack
see also Lonesome Squirrel which is Steven Fishman's autobiographical account of his time in Scientology. Also check out the rest of his site Steven Fishman's homepage for more info on the cult.

Further see The road to Xenu which is another autobiographical account of a cult survivor

And for even further reading PLEASE visit Wellspring Retreat which is a CARF certified residential facility that helps people recovering from cult or other mind control exposures. They'll tell you how people get sucked into cults and how cults work

Be informed however that the Cult Awareness Network has been bought by scientology (after being run out of business through many lawsuits by church members) and is now a front organization for scientology.

34 posted on 06/29/2005 6:05:58 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: DJ MacWoW

Thanks very much for your post. I'd forgotten about McPherson. I hope the next time Cruise goes off the interviewer asks him about her.


35 posted on 06/29/2005 12:22:05 PM PDT by D-fendr
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To: D-fendr
Thanks very much for your post. I'd forgotten about McPherson. I hope the next time Cruise goes off the interviewer asks him about her.

I won't hold my breath waiting for that one but I'd sure like to see it!

36 posted on 06/29/2005 12:55:40 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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