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Eyes Wide Shut:
Lawrence Wright’s Book on Scientology

New York Times, by MICHAEL KINSLEY

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Posted By:Oblio, 1/20/2013 2:02:33 PM

That crunching sound you hear is Lawrence Wright bending over backward to be fair to Scientology. Every deceptive comparison with Mormonism and other religions is given a respectful hearing. Every ludicrous bit of church dogma is served up deadpan. This makes the book’s indictment that much more powerful. Open almost any page at random. That tape of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder, that Wright quotes from? “It was a part of a lecture Hubbard gave in 1963, in which he talked about the between-lives period, when thetans are transported to Venus to have their memories erased.”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northern Redman, 1/20/2013 2:13:40 PM     (No. 9128386)

Not much different than believing in the physical existence of heaven and hell.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: calgrammy, 1/20/2013 2:35:49 PM     (No. 9128423)

It´s a whole lot different than the physical belief of Heaven and Hell. I converted to Catholicism late in life,no money involved,didn´t have to treat my family as outcast,no one has ever followed me around to scare me. A whole lot of difference between Christianity and a SyFy cult.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 1/20/2013 3:02:12 PM     (No. 9128462)

...Hubbard´s goal was to set up a tax exempt money machine and nothing more, based on his science fiction writings...

...in the 60´s and 70´s when so many of the young were into "self-awareness", they would be on the streets of southern California, hustling you into their "reading rooms" to take personality tests to begin the process, giving free copies of "Dianetics"...

...my own experience and personal "radar" told me to stay far away. So many lives and families ruined by them...



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Reply 4 - Posted by: Guillermo Sepulveda, 1/20/2013 3:53:40 PM     (No. 9128529)

Wackadooooodles!!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: FLCracker, 1/20/2013 4:11:19 PM     (No. 9128558)

Hubbard must have laughed his A__ off, watching people falling for this crap.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 1/20/2013 5:24:03 PM     (No. 9128663)

It figures that a lot of the Hollywood no talent trash are attracted to this madness.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tennisbum, 1/20/2013 7:05:30 PM     (No. 9128776)

So Tom Cruise is their god...the most illustrious one..oh, please. Those who believe this cult should remember Jim Jones and David Koresh..they were gods as well and how´d that work out!!

For all anti-Christians, there is a book called the Bible..goes back a ways so that scientists have validated much of the Bible. But to an atheist or agnostic no amount of proof matters and to Christians proof doesn´t matter....it is called faith. It is Ok to make fun of us, it won´t change our faith at all. So Redman, tiptoe thru the cemetery ´cause it´ll be your resting place for all eternity.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: eorsc, 1/20/2013 9:42:51 PM     (No. 9128946)

THAT explains it! My daughter-in-law and I rented the movie and then spent the whole time wondering what the point was. Once we decided while they were all lined up in their black clothes and masks, they were maybe going to start singing and it would be a musical. By the time it ended we were in hysterics. I deem it the absolutely worst movie of the 20th century and swore off Cruise and Kidman for life.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bob913, 1/20/2013 9:53:50 PM     (No. 9128958)

You have loons who are into Scientology and other cults (like democrats). That robotic look of Tom Cruise and John Travolta creeps out many.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/21/2013 5:19:07 AM     (No. 9129334)

#8, I couldn´t get through the movie. What it was about, I can´t say, but I shut it off because it creeped me out.

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