In an interview with Esquire, Megan Fox showed a side of herself that we’ve never seen before: The one that speaks in tongues:
Fox began speaking in tongues around the age of eight, when she attended a Pentecostal church in Tennessee.
“I have seen magical, crazy things happen. I’ve seen people be healed. Even now, in the church I go to, during Praise and Worship I could feel that I was maybe getting ready to speak in tongues, and I’d have to shut it off because I don’t know what that church would do if I started screaming out in tongues in the back.
“It feels like a lot of energy coming through the top of your head — I’m going to sound like such a lunatic — and then your whole body is filled with this electric current. And you just start speaking, but you’re not thinking because you have no idea what you’re saying. Words are coming out of your mouth, and you can’t control it. The idea is that it’s a language that only God understands. It’s the language that’s spoken in heaven. It’s called ‘getting the Holy Ghost.'”
It’s also called “bullshit.”
What Fox doesn’t seem to understand is that the sort of babble she’s talking about can be induced through pressure — you will yourself to do it. It’s kind of like being in a hypnotic trance.
Dan Barker once spoke in tongues, too. In his book Godless, he talked about how, even now as an atheist, he could make himself fall back under the spell:
I do not deny that spiritual experiences are real. They happen all over the world, in most religions. I deny that they point to anything outside of the mind. I had many religious experiences, and I can still have them if I want. As an atheist, I can still speak in tongues and “feel the presence of God.”
It seems rather silly now, since there is no God — and I only speak in tongues once every few years just to see if I still have the touch…
Fox’s glossolalia was only one of many revelations made in the interview. Others included her belief in leprechauns, the Loch Ness Monster, and Bigfoot.
I guess it’s not surprising that someone who believes in so many other kinds of make-believe would also accept speaking in tongues. It’s also not surprising that a celebrity would believe in it — how much of their world is truly “real,” anyway? It’s just disappointing that someone with that much fame would lend any sort of support to such a false belief.