Skip to comments.Cruise defends Scientology in Travolta son's death
Posted on 01/10/2009 10:40:03 PM PST by libh8er
(AXcess News) New York - Actor Tom Cruise defended Scientology on ABC's The View last week when he spoke about the death of Jett Travolta, saying Scientologists weren't against getting medical help - or taking medications.
While Cruise's obvious sincerity shown through when the star spoke about the loss of a child in discussing the death of John Travolta's 16-year-old son, Jett, his defense of his and Travolta's religious believes as practicing Scientologists was just the opposite of when Cruise criticized actress Brooke Shields over her use of anti-depressants to treat her post-partum depression.
So apparently, in the Travolta's case, it's OK to take medicine but in Shields' case, it wasn't. So which is it Tom?
During Tom Cruise's kiss-and-make-up interview with Matt Lauer Cruise indicated that in the future - he was not going to discuss Scientology in any interviews. Yet as-soon-as Cruise agreed to appear on ABC's The View, here he is again bringing up his religious beliefs on this time, Cruise says it's OK to take medicine when he defended the Travolta's beliefs - though toned down in his answers.
Jett Travolta's death was determined to have been caused by a seizure. Prior to that time, the Travolta's had stopped giving Jett an anti-seizure medication called Depakote (divalproex sodium) - though Jett's parents had talked to doctors about discontinuing the anti-seizure medication saying it was no longer affective for their son Jett.
Jett Travolta suffered from Kawasaki syndrome and the anti-seizure medication he had been taking can cause severe side-effects, such as liver damage, which the Travolta's purported to have been the case in discontinuing its use. That had nothing to do with the Travolta's Scientology believes - which I personally believe was the case.
Suzy Coehn, who writes the column "Dear Pharmacist" spoke out about the medication the Travolta's had discontinued using for their son's seizures and in explaining about Depakote and its effectiveness and side effects, she also had something to say about Scientology.
"It's true that the Church of Scientology advocates purification programs and natural herbal or vitamin regimens. They are not supportive of mind-altering medications or psychiatric drugs; however, Scientologists use medicine when required," Cohen stated.
Cohen went on to clarify her statement saying, "For the record, I am not a Scientologist but I'm appalled that anyone could point a finger at grieving parents and blame one particular religion for a horrendous accident."
And for the record Suzy, the anti-depressants Brooke Shields took back in 2004 when Tom Cruise openly criticized her for taking are not 'mind altering drugs'. How a trained pharmacist could write such dribble as if it were two separate religious beliefs is beyond me. Clearly Cohen accepted a Church of Scientology explanation when she described what is or is not OK.
While I agree with Cohen that it's 'appalling' to judge John Travolta and his wife over the death of their son Jett, the fact that Tom Cruise says one day it's APPALLING for Shields to take medication and another day, that its OK for anyone to follow a doctor prescribing medication in the Church of Scientology is the real question. To Tom Cruise, it appears that Scientology is a religion of convenience practiced best when applying to a particular situation and not clear cut beliefs. Get over it Cruise! You owe Brooke Shields another apology!
That’s so horribly written I don’t know where to start.
Glad I'm not the only one who thought so. There may be a difference between anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications in general, but depakote is also used to treat bi-polar disorder. I'd have concerns if my child had epilepsy and was prescribed this med, but I think I'd have to try it if other meds didn't work well.
Its a tragedy when ever a child is lost. We should let the Travolta’s grieve in private. Its to his credit that Tom Cruise came to their defense and the defense of their church.
Travolta prayed to God aloud while EMT worked on the poor lad.
So much for wacko science fiction mythology in a pinch.
Let’s use the stock phrase back at ‘em:
“If it saves the life of just one child...”
It’s NOT a church. www.xenu.net
So much for wacko science fiction mythology in a pinch.
There are no atheists in foxholes.
Can’t say I respect Cruises’ opinions all that much, after he played the villain in ‘A Few Good Men’ and his jumping on the couch, hyperbole.
amen to that...
i am friends with a 55 year old oncologist.longtime family acquaintance
he’s only seen a handful of dying folks face death without asking for God and they were all mighty scared right at transition time
*this observance got me skewered by the cretin atheists at Clown Posse and Darwin Central
i’ve had two open hearts ...I damn shore wasn’t asking Obi Wan Kinobi for help as they wheeled me in to the op room
It’s a shame most people don’t figure things out before it comes to that. The world would be a much better place. Best of health to you.
It's the author of this article who doesn't have a clue. Scientologists are anti-Psychiatry, not anti-medicine.
This part is clearly written “... the anti-depressants Brooke Shields took back in 2004 when Tom Cruise openly criticized her for taking are not ‘mind altering drugs’”
Anti-depressants alter brain chemistry. If that doesn’t qualify as ‘mind altering’, I don’t know what would. The author is an idiot if she can’t see the consistency in Cruise being against Brooke Shields use of anti-depressants and for Travolta’s use of non-mind-altering medications.
Regardless of ones human beliefs at the end of life truth prevails.
My advisor wondered if I was going to face holiday blues no I told him its Easter that pains me.
God sent his only begottin Son to dye for a bunch of human punks.
I still cant fathom that love.
If depakote is used for bi-polar disorder, wouldn't you guess it is mind altering?
Tom Cruise is the worst kind of publicity whore for using his friend's son's death to thrust himself and this issue back into the spotlight.
Epileptics need meds of some kind, or they have potentially fatal seizures. Scientology says “no meds”: just use the quack e-meter and worship Xenu, the alien who lives in volcanos.
Scientology killed this boy. Won’t be the first who died at the hands of the evil Scientology.
The Germans are right: No recognition whatsoever for these malicious fools or their sicko “religion.” Investigate their attempts at subversion of the government.
Yes, scientology is crazy. But Leftism is a much worse cult.
For some reason, I thought the boy was on Dilantinn ot depakote. I could be wrong, but I’ve known 3 people with epilepsy and they were all taking Dilantin.