I saw a link to this video yesterday while doing some random blog reading. I really don't give a red ripe rat's ass about Tom Cruise and his shenanigans, but for some reason I clicked. And I was appalled! WTF?!? All I knew about Scientology was that it was "invented" by a science fiction writer, which is about as good a qualification as any, I suppose. Unfortunately it doesn't even sound like good science fiction*.
Of course I immediately emailed my sister, who, being a good follower of the media knew all about it and sent me some other fascinating/repelling links in return. That's what really got me going. Wikipedia**, Xenu.net, even an article from MTV translating what Tom was babbling about in that video.
Then my sister emails me:
I'm THIS CLOSE to getting a T-shirt that reads, 'SP (Suppressive Person)'.Awesome! That sent me running to the internet to find just such a shirt. I'm afraid I must someday own one.
Scientology rented space at our local mall last year (right at the main mall entrance). One of their glassy-eyed Sci-bots approached me, and I told him to step back, because I'm an SP. He did... and later I checked my tires in the parking lot to ensure they weren't slashed."
It's funny until you learn that people actually believe it and will pay for the privilege. WTF, indeed. That's some expensive mediocre sci-fi.
*Yes, I read a lot of sci-fi/fantasy. I told you I was a geek.
**Read LRH's entry, too. In the words of Bugs Bunny, What a maroon!