9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3014 times:
American actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have exchanged wedding vows in a floodlit Italian castle. The wedding was celebrated by a Scientology minister in accordance with the couple's faith and attended by a host of show business stars.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2969 times:
When I was in New York somebody started talking to me and a friend about random stuff and then quickly moved onto trying to get us to go somewhere to watch a video about what I gathered was Scientology. Well we were both there to look at examples of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and I remembered from the guide books that the church of Scientology in NYC was a fairly nice Art-Decco style building, so I agreed and off we went. The video was boring as hell, and it did feel very very much like I was being brainwashed - quire freaky to be honest, so I just took a few pictures of the place and left.
I don't really remember what was on the video, so obviously getting the message across didn't work very well!
...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
It tells all about Scientology: It explains the church's founder, its origins, and especially, its bizarre, science-fiction-alien-based beliefs! In short, trillions of years ago, DC-8-like spaceplanes loaded with billions of people were sent to Earth as punishment by the megalomaniac god Xenu, the people were bound and piled up in a large volcano, and H-Bombs were set off to destroy them. What survives of these unfortunate aliens are the "thetans" (equivalent to the soul). Each one of us humans has a cluster of these ("Body Thetans"). Weird, isn't it? (Especially the engineless DC-8 spaceplanes!)
In a nutshell, Scientology is a belief system that teaches that negative thoughts/entities (called Engrams) in our minds can be extracted from us by an exact methodology (auditing with the E-meter, etc), and Scientology is claimed to be a self-help organisation for helping people be aware of their "spiritual existence" over many lifetimes (a form of reincarnation, albeit a sci-fi-alien kind). It all started from L. Ron Hubbard's bestselling book, Dianetics, but is also based on the huge number of science-fiction novels he wrote.
The church is quite controversial, as was the life of L. Ron Hubbard, its founder. I read, back in the early 1990s, a big cover-story article in Time magazine all about the controversial, hidden truth about Scientology. What is most memorable to me is the cover illustration, a Dianetics-esque erupting volcano from whose base grow a set of octopus-like tentacles.
In fact, my eldest brother (whom I never met, because he disappeared before I was even born or adopted into the family) was taken in by Scientology after his service in the Navy in the Vietnam War. Mom tells me Scientology became his obsession, before he disappeared.
Now, as I live in London, I walk by the Church of Scientology's London headquarters (next to the Faraday building, near Blackfriars rail station) on my way to class every day. (They just opened this new headquarters, after moving from their Tottenham Court Road location, which is now just a branch).
When I walk by their Tottenham Court Road branch, I see their well-dressed people stationed outside on the pavement with their E-meters set up on tables (and stacks of paperback Dianetics books, handing out flyers to passersby and trying to recruit by giving "Free Stress Tests"!
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I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
Basicly what I thought all along. A complete load of BS.
You never get high up in Scientology unless your able to contribute vast amounts of cash, like Tom Cruise can. They have no fact to back up their beliefs. It's simply a social club for morons like Tom Cruise to express themselves and sound import. Like they actually have a clue. I think the money would have been better spent joining, or buying, a country club.
I have the time of day for any one of any relgion, except for scientologists.
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2874 times:
They have a history of trashing people they perceive as enemies, although they've tried to downplay this aspect of their cult in recent years. They did have an enemies list and at least one person I knew was on it. The last word I had of one of my junior college friends is that he'd gone deep into it and was seen wandering around the subway groping the walls and saying he was clear and could hallucinate any time he wanted to....
9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2825 times:
Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 16): as the recognised and revered Deity (I take many forms) of a.norak, I grant my blessing unto it's continued existence, as long as the minions continue to worship my wondrous fabulousness
Can I have a pint of what you're drinking or a bit of what you're smoking then? When I first read that I thought AerospaceFan had been opening the biscuit tin again.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2817 times:
Quoting 9V (Reply 20): Can I have a pint of what you're drinking or a bit of what you're smoking then? When I first read that I thought AerospaceFan had been opening the biscuit tin again.
Shhhh ! Unholy blasphemer. Do not provoke my wrath ! The good people of a.norak are just the kind of gullible idiotsdecent, simple folk to be recruited to my mind-altering cultanointed with the blessed teachings of JGPH1A (aka the Great Pumpkin, aka the Flying Spaghetti Monster, aka Xtrapolapacetl) and fleeced to within an inch of their lives guaranteed eternal bliss in exchange for their cumbersome worldly dross.
Don't ruin it for me, you heathen ! I'll have my faithful feyadeen hunt you down ! For I am a Vengeful False Deity !!
It is true that certain holy Chinese mung beans grant me access to the Infinite Beyond where I gather strength for my all-powerful omniscience, but these are not for the uninitiated. Only through years of meditation and study will you be ready to attain the Infinite Beyond. And besides, they were all out at Spar, and they won't be in stock till Tuesday.
: Hmm true, they have a buy on get one free. I assume that is your reason for coming oop north next month isn't it. You don't actually have family here
: So in a nutshell you got stoned and slept with Cornish
: Addicted to the worship I receive from puny mortals ! There isn't a hallucinogenic in the universe powerful enough to get me to do that ! That would
: The vast majority are all theology based religions which may or may not have greater powers. Scientology is the brainchild of a science fiction write
: Although I have a tough mind that takes a lot to be broken down, I knew that reading the recital of such a shocking story would tear it apart
: It's similar in Germany; Scientology there is an outlawed cult. While this would obviously not be an appropriate classification for them in the USA,
: How do you think Buddha got that goofy smile ? I'm not just a hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional shade of the colour blue, you know.
: Isn't L. Ron Hubbard that cereal maker???....no wait thats Dick Hubbard, the cereal maker turned Auckland mayor! anyhows i still failed to understand
: "Scientology is a body of teachings and related techniques developed by American author L. Ron Hubbard over some thirty years beginning in 1952 as a s
: So Cornish managed to work out where to put it?
: They've just about taken over a good part of downtown Clearwater FL, where I live part-time...they bought a big hotel and then other other buildings a
: They call it church, but in fact it is a criminal money making machine.
: I think L Ron Hubbard was doing it as a joke. I bet even he didn't believe anybody would believe anything so far fetched...
: that's what brainwashing is all about. You're not supposed to remember what you were told, only that it made sense Of course in your case they failed