Tuesday, May 15, 2007

BBC and Scientology

If you missed the BBC documentary, "Scientology and Me," you can find it here. If there hadn't been a ruckus about it, then I never would have known about its existence. But when certain Scientology members - ever willing to intimidate, sue, or slander anyone who criticizes their organization - have now targeted the BBC itself, well... I had to find out what all of the fuss was about.

Listen to what John Sweeney, the BBC reporter in charge of this documentary had to say about his attempts to investigate Scientology:

"I have been shouted at, spied on, had my hotel invaded at midnight, denounced as a 'bigot' by star Scientologists, brain-washed - that is how it felt to me - in a mock-up of a Nazi-style torture chamber and chased round the streets of Los Angeles by sinister strangers"

Now the Scientology has come out with their own video coverage on John Sweeney and the BBC. It can be found here. What is great about this video is that it shows you precisely how you will viewed and treated by Scientologists if you don't paint Scientology in glowing terms. I'm sure this will work for head-baked scientologists, but man, all I see is the tactics John Sweeney pointed out in his documentary writ large in bold letters - you will be slandered and your motivations impugned if you dare to question certain Scientology beliefs and practices.

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