I am definitely no fan of Scientology but the ruckus this week over the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes separation on the alleged role of Scientology in the upbringing of their daughter strikes me as pure hypocrisy. BTW I am unsure this is in fact the basis for the separation but it is the issue being focused on in the print media. But it is hypocrisy. Catholics find no difficulty in inflicting their own religious foolishness on their children thereby creating lives ruined through inculcated neuroticisms. And, for sure, past practices of the Church of Scientology in targeting “enemies” are also extreme. But I wonder if these base Scientology practices are comparable to the widespread abuse of children in the Catholic Church by clergy and by the Church’s sustained efforts to minimise admissions of such abuse.
Religion is based on lies whatever its starting point or vintage. This post was motivated by a current post at Club Troppo where Ken Parish reflects on his sad history of church involvement. Ken surprises us all by showing that there are both good and bad people in the church! Wow Ken! He also argues that he experienced some kiddie-fiddling at a Methodist Church showing that not all pedophiles are Catholics. Again, wow Ken and what is your motive for deflecting blame by means of this time-worn diversion! Ken is (perhaps inadvertently) defending a collective bunch of liars who promote socially harmful irrationalism simply and Ken is doing this simply by arguing that some of their priests are decent blokes. Don’t worry about their nonsensical views – some of them are, after all, good blokes and that is enough. (904)