Danny Masterson Goes on Explicative-Fueled Rant Against Critics of Scientology

Whoa ... Danny Masterson opened up for the first time about his religion, and he did not tread lightly when it came to slamming critics of it. The That 70's Show actor is a practicing Scientologist, and he basically said that anyone who thinks it's "weird" can "go f--k" themselves. Well. At least we know how he feels about the matter.

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The actor made the comments at the Sundance Film Festival in a rare interview with Paper magazine, in response to the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. The film was inspired by Lawrence Wright's book, which takes a highly critical look at the religion.

"I heard about that documentary; the documentary where they interviewed eight people who hate Scientology. Should be pretty interesting. I wonder if Sundance would allow a documentary of, like, eight people who hate Judaism. But you know, my religion's fair game, I guess, 'cause it's new," Masterson ranted.

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He then launched into trashing Wright's book, saying, "There's basically like 200 lies in the book and so therefore he couldn't even publish that book [in Canada or the UK because the libel laws]."

Masterson claimed that it is difficult to understand Scientology without having read founder L. Ron Hubbard's book Dianetics. "Everything in Scientology is just based on logic ... the word Scientology means the study of knowledge," he clarified.

"There’s nothing else to it," he continued. "It's literally just that." Referring to Hubbard, he admitted, "He's a f--king guy who wrote awesome s--t that I love studying."

And just in case we weren't clear enough on where Masterson's loyalty stands when it comes to his religious beliefs, he went on to talk about former follower Paul Haggis, who left the religion after they refused to take a stance on gay marriage.

“You will not find a Scientologist who does not f--king hate psychiatrists,” he sounded off. “Because their solution for mental and spiritual problems is drugs. So let's talk about putting a Band-Aid on something that's just going to get worse and worse and worse…[where as] Scientology handles those things, those mental problems that people have. It gets rid of them. It gets rid of them by that person doing it for themselves. That's the solution to depression, not f--king Prozac.”

"[It's] so stupid. What Paul was angry at made perfect sense, but it had nothing to do with Scientology," he explained. "Paul was just mad that, as a religion, we're not going to come out and say that we are for or against anything, which is a political matter ... It's like, 'We have no opinion in the world of politics. We are a religion.'"

However, they do have very specific opinions when it comes to psychiatry.

"You will not find a Scientologist who does not f--king hate psychiatrists," he confessed. "Because their solution for mental and spiritual problems is drugs. So let's talk about putting a Band-Aid on something that's just going to get worse and worse and worse ... [where as] Scientology handles those things, those mental problems that people have. It gets rid of them. It gets rid of them by that person doing it for themselves. That's the solution to depression, not f--king Prozac."

Well ... that's pretty controversial, and maybe the thing that has people raising their eyebrows the most over the secretive religion. Mental health issues are a very serious problem, and a lot of people simply can't be helped with depression by "getting over it" without meds. When a brain doesn't produce the right chemicals to pull someone out of chronic depression, it needs help. Saying things like psychiatry doesn't help is just going to keep some people who really need medical intervention from pursuing it.

Anyway, the actor said that now that he's opened the floodgates to talking about Scientology, he has no plans to stop.

"I love doing it and have no problem doing it," he said. "I work, I have a family and I'm a spiritual being who likes to understand why things happen in the world and want to learn more so that I can have them not affect me adversely. So if that's weird, then, well, you can go f--k yourself."

What do you think of Masterson's comments about Scientology?

 

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