As if believing in talking snakes, magical fruit, and omniscent sky-gods wasn't enough, Scientology has claimed the devout loyalty of many well-known celebrities and otherwise brilliant minds. The whole belief system is reminiscent of reincarnation and the notion that we're the product of many past lives, but that's where the similarities end. Invented by a man who devoted his whole pre-career to writing science fiction novels, Scientology centers on the Earth-bound cult-theorem that a galactic overlord named Xenu enslaved all creatures on this planet before bombing 78 other plants, 78 million years ago -- all to cut down on population so this overlord could become "God" of one central area, also known as planet Earth.
I'll wait a moment and let you soak all of this in... At first, it's as if aforementioned inventer (Ron Hubbard) was kidding, making fun of the other dopey and unrealistic religions out there. Unfortunately, the man is 100% serious about his beliefs. What's worse is that Scientology is now deemed a religion because he recruited other looney birds into his ill-conceived notions of existence. This is a man who is either a genius for pretending to create a legit religion to gain access into the minds and wallets of others. Or he had gone insane from too many years of writing about killer aliens, worm-hole dimensions, and the people who became trapped by both.
Among the believers, one popular celebrity stands out above the others. Tom Cruise is a renowned, whole-hearted believer in the teachings and ridiculous lessons of Scientology -- but hey, at least he's original. No thorny headbands and demonic exorcisms for that guy! Cruise believes, as most Scientologists do, that the problems he's had throughout his life are alien-related -- implanted in his brain with microchips from trillions of years before his birth; it's a sort of fate or destiny. By knowing the implants are there and taking control of the situation, Cruise has said he can overcome the obstacles of his life, regaining power from the aliens and ultimately thwarting their attempt at domination. And here we were thinking his role in War of the Worlds was a coincidence!
Scientology is wrong because scientologists will lie to gain money and members. Again, just like other religions -- but Scientology takes it a step further, promising that their religion is the fastest-growing in the world with over 8 million members. While Scientology is a religion that apparently has an array of interested members, scientologists attack and threaten writers who speak the truth about their beliefs.They also claim that their beliefs can be proven through their personal scientist, war hero, and physicist -- all huge lies because no such people or technology exists for this religion. Lying for monetary gain is called fraud; an illegal act that Scientologists are very familiar with. Asking what's right with Scientology might be the equivalent of asking what's right with all religions, considering the majority of them are weird, half-baked, impractical, and caricatural -- but let's take on one at a time.