Monday, June 27, 2005

Masters of the Universe

Salon is running the first in a four-part series about Scientology this weekend, and naturally it begins with a look at the Crisis of the Cruise. I'm not sure if non-premium members can access the above link, so if you have trouble, email me and I can cut and paste it back to you.

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If you are at all interested in Scientology, it's worth the read. This first article argues that one of the reasons Tom Cruise has become, shall we say, more vocal about his religion of late, is that he has finally, after 20 years, reached a very high level in the hierarchy of the religion:
The buzz in some Scientology circles is that Cruise may have reached one of the highest echelons of the Church of Scientology. While not a lot is known about this level, known cryptically as OT-VII, Scientology observers say that attaining it could explain Cruise's behavior in recent months.

Salon spoke with current and ex-members (who all spoke under condition of anonymity, due to what I assume is their fear that they will be tried and sentenced to death in some kind of Scientologist Star Chamber for revealing some of the church's secrets), and also with Stephen Kent, "a professor of sociology at the University of Alberta who has published articles on Scientology and Hollywood." Kent said that "Cruise's behavior strongly suggests OT-VII":
Cruise is acting as though he "feels he's more in control over his environment and can convince more people to look into the organization," Kent said. "In the high OT levels one supposedly gains the skills to master one's universe. One is removing countless entities that have been holding people back. Cruise feels that he has freed himself from thousands of errant thetans, and he seems to be in a kind of euphoria he hasn't experienced before."

"A kind of euphoria?" How about "a kind of insanity?" He thinks he can master his universe? Ye gads, man! You can't even master a convincing heterosexual relationship and you think you can master the universe? This is some serious horse crap. Tom Cruise is starting to make Shirley "I Was A Cat in My Previous Life" MacLaine look like a wise, practical (non-Asian) Confucius-type sage.

The Salon piece also mentions that Beck, jazz fusion musician Chick Corea, and the truly frightening CNN personality Greta Van Susteren are all Scientologists, too, which I wasn't aware of. AAAAAAAAAAH! This is all starting to creep me out! I mean, Jesus H. Christ: Chick Corea!

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And look, look! I went to the official Chick Corea website and found this:

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It's some kind of jazz fusion Scientologist-themed record! It's the exact same cover art of the L. Ron Hubbard book I posted last week!

Jazz fusion Scientology!





Greg said...

If you want to rock yourself clear, check out Texas guitar hero-turned-Scientologist Edgar Winter's concept album based on L. Ron's Battlefield Earth.

Glenster said...

Hi! Long-time lurker, first-time poster...

You're probably already familiar with the Operation Clambake page at , but if not, you'll find it might give a clue about Cruise's ... um.... spirituality.

jennifer said...

Wow, thanks Glenster, I'd never seen that Operation Clambake page before. They are so very, very brave to take on the Scientolists! I'm terrified of them. Sometimes I feel like a Jewish gay clubfooted Communist old lady living in prewar Poland--scared, isolated, and in eminent danger of being eradicated by a force more evil and powerful than I can fully comprehend! But maybe I'm just being paranoid.