Religion (or cults) in the News: Anonymous Takes on Scientology in Global Protest

South Park hates Scientology. I hate Scientology. As we are told, “It’s a big, fat, global scam.” Scientology is not a religion, despite the insanely shady way that it acquired tax-exempt status. It’s a cult that takes as much money as possible from its adherents. Episodes 912 and 1001 detail these issues and flesh them out in amazing ways; episode 504, Super Best Friends, is also about the fight against Scientology.

Apparently, South Park and I aren’t the only ones that think Scientology is an uncontrollable oozing of bullshit topped with a dollop of evil. An online group known as Anonymous, whose website can be found HERE, has decided to take on the cult with protests and online bashing. They wear masks and dress in costumes and never use their real names.

Normally, I would consider these tactics cowardly. However, considering the tactics of Scientology, which include harassment, reckless endangerment, stalking and other unsavory techniques, I don’t blame the group at all. As they say, if you have no identity then Scientology’s own tactics become useless.

Other opponents of Scientology include defectors of the religion – a rare breed – who now feel increasingly comfortable coming forward with the support of Anonymous and a man named Tommy Gorman, a former Scientologist whose wife was repeatedly raped by an old man in the cult who threatened her life if she came forward. Together, Gorman, his wife and Anonymous (whose tactics don’t always mesh since Gorman prefers Scientology’s more blatant harassment to casual protest) are trying to take down Scientology.

They want members to think about their beliefs and research their organization more thoroughly to learn about its dark past and horrible present. Today just so happens to be a global protest staged by Anonymous against Scientology and though I can’t be there to help, I’d just like to tell them good luck.

Click HERE to read about 912, HERE to read about 1001 and HERE to read about the death of Isaac Hayes, Scientologist and voice of Chef.

“The Return of Chef” is an Incredible Episode about Scientology’s Evil

Yes, I said it: Scientology is evil. They took poor Isaac Hayes away from South Park and now Chef is gone forever. And this episode tells the grim tale.

The entire time you’re watching this episode and learning about the Super Adventure Club (SAC) bear in mind that the parallels to Scientology and its beliefs are quite accurate. Just watch “Trapped in the Closet” (click HERE for more on that) for more on the parallels.

So, the story, as it goes is more or less that Isaac Hayes, after “Trapped in the Closet,” was unhappy with Trey and Matt’s treatment of his religion – though he never had any problems being a part of them bashing every other religion. Hayes said, You’ve got it all wrong. That’s not how it is.

Apparently, Trey and Matt got a letter notifying them that Hayes was quitting the show but the controversy surrounding it is that it’s not clear whether or not the letter was from him, coerced from him, or written by someone else while he was ailing and unable to write such things. In any case, he finished working for the show and the first episode of the next season was this one, where Chef comes back to South Park brainwashed and interested in having sex with the children. They try to rescue him from the fruity little club he joined but the club, only concerned with more members, turns Chef into a robot (Darth Vader) instead of letting him be his own person.

What I just wrote was not eloquent but do yourself a favor and check out this sensational episode.

What did you think? Are you a Scientologist? Would you like to do an interview on my blog so that you can defend against the allegations made in this episode? Though I’ve been biased I would certainly be fair in conducting an interview and would like to hear what you have to say.

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“Trapped in the Closet,” is South Park’s Big Shot at Scientology

Episode 912 is infamous. In fact, it couldn’t even be aired in the U.K. because of its content. It’s also the episode that resulted in Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef, quitting the show.

The episode itself lampoons Scientology by knocking its methodology, allegedly scientific basis, and status as a big, fat, global scam. It also lambasts the various celebrities that the so-called religion claims as a foundation for its legitimacy, including Tom Cruise (whose alleged homosexual proclivities give the episode its title and caused him to flip his shit just around the release of Mission Impossible 3 – which for the record was a bad-ass movie), and John Travolta.

I entirely agree with South Park‘s sentiments about this wretched attempt at a religion, and appreciate that Parker and Stone stepped into Scientology’s own line of fire when they made this episode. In The Zen of South Park I compare the show’s portrayal of Mormonism and Scientology in order to show how two religions that are totally invented (and in quite an obvious way) are not evaluated similarly.

Are you a Scientologist? Do I have it all wrong? Would you like to come on my blog and do a guest interview?

What do you think of Scientology? Do you know any Scientologists? Have you ever known anyone who converted to Scientology? Did that person change into someone you don’t know any more?

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