Did You Ever Go Clear?

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief – This HBO documentary has been discussed quite a bit as of late, and while I’ve already done some examination of Scientology, the film does an excellent job of highlighting many of the disturbing things the Church has done, largely based on conversations with ex-members. It’s depressing how the moral of the story largely seems to be that any group with enough money, willingness to resort to dirty tactics, and willing followers can get away with anything. They basically obtained tax-exempt status due to constant bullying of the IRS. That said, with so many defectors willing to speak out against the Church, perhaps we can feel cautiously optimistic about Scientology no longer having the power it once did. David Miscavige, the head of the church who is just as bizarrely paranoid and power-hungry as L. Ron Hubbard but lacks his creativity, has become much less visible as of late. And while their intimidation tactics are quite effective in the short run, I have to suspect that they’re adding up to really bad publicity. There’s a lot to laugh at in Scientology, but their mind control techniques can be quite chilling. The people who were forced to live in trailers, eat scraps, and perform menial labor wanted to remain there, prisoners of their own minds as much as of Miscavige. Is it any surprise that an organization that purports to free people’s rational minds actually enslaves them even more? The relationships of John Travolta and Tom Cruise to the Church are also explored in detail.

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2 Responses to Did You Ever Go Clear?

  1. caelesti says:

    They also claim to be able to cure people of various learning disabilities & autism. Tom Cruise claims they cured him of dyslexia…

    • Nathan says:

      Yes, and Hubbard said he cured his own physical ailments that way as well. Of course, faith healing isn’t limited to Scientology, but it doesn’t seem like other religious leaders wanted the psychological community to examine their faith-based claims as Hubbard did.

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