I found a Reuters piece on a planned Scientology TV station: “The Church of Scientology, the religion whose followers include actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, plans to start a religious broadcasting center to promote its teachings over TV, radio and the Internet. “The center, located near the church’s West Coast headquarters in Hollywood, would occupy the nearly five-acre studio property the church bought last year from Los Angeles public TV station KCET for $42 million.” I found this  interesting,… Read more

The LA Times asks a Scientologist how she responds to critics of Scientology. What do you say to ex-members who refer to Scientology as a cult? Apostates have to denigrate that which they formerly held dear. It’s a human psychological necessity. Critics say some people join Scientology and become completely absorbed in it. Adherents to a cohesive “theory of life” that helps them to define not only who they are, but who their friends and not-friends are, and how life… Read more

The Los Angeles Times questions a Scientologist about some of the claims media and critics make about the religion.  Here are her answers: Critics of Scientology bring up unusual topics such as Xenu and thetans and aliens … You are a thetan. I am a thetan. Think of it as “soul” or “spirit” or “identity.” We have our minds and our bodies, but we are not these things. We don’t have mass or motion or wavelength or a position in… Read more

In today’s LA Times, a Scientologist answers questions about Scientology beliefs and what media and critics claim Scientologists believe. Name three of the most basic beliefs in Scientology. What do members have to believe in, in order to be Scientologists? There is no belief, per se, in Scientology, because folks are asked to come to experience and therefore know things, but not to believe them until they have observed them. However, some basic principles are: You are a spirit (we use… Read more

The LA Times published an interesting article where a Scientologist was interviewed about her take on recent events.  Here she explains what Scientology believes about drugs.   Can you discuss Scientologists’ opposition to drugs? Part and parcel of our principles is that psychoactive drugs are bad for you and limit your spiritual growth. Abuse of them can physically damage your nervous and endocrine systems, and this physical damage can make it so that you can’t benefit from our practices anymore…. Read more

The LA Times published a very interesting article today, cutting through the recent media hype in the wake of the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes divorce with this: There are plenty of people who believe Scientology has helped them achieve great personal fulfillment and happiness — and no shortage of celebrities who say Scientology gave them the emotional foundation they needed to withstand the rigors of Hollywood. We asked Laurie Hamilton, a second-generation Scientologist and ordained Scientology minister who does consulting work, to… Read more

I’ve been asked a few different times about how my own religious beliefs and practices will figure into my children, and whether I assume that they will be Scientologists as well.   Obviously, it’s a major item of discussion in current media,  and as such I think it’s somewhat appropriate (as a second-generation Scientologist) to note how it was that I came into Scientology. A college anthropology student sent me a question related to a study for a class she… Read more

With all of the media attention now being given the subject of Scientology & parenting, I thought it pertinent to post this – an article I originally put together for BlogCritics, but more pertinent here. How did my mom come upon Scientology? What was in it for her? I asked her if she might write a sentence or two describing such for me. What I got instead was the following, an account that totally made my own religious path make sense. Her… Read more

Me and my little one on the playground I wanted to share a bit of what my experiences have been in applying Scientology as a parent. I have used many of the tools I have learned in Scientology with my children and family. One of these has been such a life-saver to me – simple, yet AMAZING – and it extends from the fact that a huge part of Scientology is learning to understand what real communication is – and then how… Read more

By Joanna Sugden The announcement that Hollywood star and prominent Scientologist Tom Cruise is breaking up with his actress wife Katie Holmes has brought the controversial religion back under the media microscope But Yatin Bajaj, the head of communications at the Scientology center in New Delhi, unsurprisingly prefers to talk about matters closer to home, and how Scientology is attracting people in India. “What Scientology can offer is a technique with which a person can dig himself out of daily… Read more




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