The Internet War Against Scientology
January 28, 2008
If you read much from Internet news aggregators like Digg.com, you may have seen quite a bit of interesting content about the cult of Scientology. A recently leaked video of Tom Cruise making some bizarre, and frankly disturbing, professions about what it means to be a Scientologist, as well as a time.com cover article about the "religion" (linked below), have generated a fair amount of interest. One hacker, calling himself Anonymous, has declared war on the church and their dubious tactics, by launching a series of Denial of Service attacks that have effectively shut down many of Scientology-run websites over the past weekend.

Tom Cruise may still be the biggest movie star in the world, but his off-screen antics have so tainted his brand such that has last two films have pretty much been flops compared to his string of multi-$100M blockbusters in the 1980's and 1990's. Watching these videos, its apparent that Mr. Cruise has been quite swept up in Scientology and its teachings. He and his hired wife, B-list actress Katie Holmes, are hard-core followers. Watching his videos, I don't think I could sit through another of his films.

I didn't pay much attention to these guys until reading this article and watching a few of these videos. Check them out. What a freakshow.

For years Scientologists have waged expensive wars of litigation, using high-priced lawyers to silence and intimidate critics. So, I should like to comment that I have the utmost respect for Scientology and its followers. As a poor, unemployed Internet blogger, I have nothing to offer but my admiration for the 1st Amendment.

Time Magazine Expose on Scientology

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