- "In Scientology doctrine, Xenu is a galactic ruler who, 75 million years ago,
brought billions of people to Earth,
stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs."
It's not a joke.
They actually believe this.
as with Islam,
how much trouble the cult is having with the
free speech of the Internet.
and sites publishing Scientology secrets,
are all over the top search results.
Scientology's secret teachings
What makes the cult special is that its teachings are secret.
You have to pass through various stages
and pay large amounts of money before you can read them,
and it protects these secrets using all the legal machinery at its disposal.
The "secrets" are nonsense of course,
and all this is a device to protect them from analysis and criticism.
Unfortunately for the cult, you can now save your money and read its teachings
at sites all over the world.
A journalist brilliantly doing his job.
is furious at being asked about the cult's secret teachings
by Martin Bashir,
and storms out of a television interview, Oct 2009.
Scientology is stupid (the John Dixon affair, July 2010)
Scientology is, of course, deeply stupid.
And everyone must be free to say so.
John Dixon is a Liberal Democrat councillor in Wales who has a Twitter feed at
He caused controversy when he Tweeted
on 9 May 2009 on a visit to London:
"didn't know there was a Scientology 'church' on Tottenham Court Road. Just hurried past in case the stupid rubs off."
In July 2010 it was announced that he was being investigated for breaching the code of conduct for local authority members which demands they "show respect and consideration for others".
points out that actual judges in court have described Scientology as
"based on lies and deceit",
may have a point though that Dixon should not say such things on his official Twitter feed.
(I do not discuss religion and politics at all on my professional site.)
Dixon has now set up a separate feed,
for personal opinions.
(To be precise, he apparently renamed his old feed from CllrJohnDixon to JohnLDixon,
and then set up a new CllrJohnDixon feed.)
But the incident still leaves a disturbing feeling that the state thinks
there is something wrong with calling