How does Scientology manage to reel in attract so many stars? In a surprisingly candid interview, John Travolta revealed his true feelings about Scientology -- he's just sharing with us how wonderful Scientology is and how they've always been there for him and his family. But it all sounds super creepy! Poor Travolta -- he just wants what we all want: Support and a sense of community. Here's how he described his relationship with Scientology to the UK's Telegraph.
It was Travolta's co-star Joan Prather in the film The Devil's Rain who introduced him to Scientology. Travolta wasn't feeling well, and Prather gave him an "assist," a procedure in which your spirit is alleviated from its pain, which enables your spirit to rapidly help your body to heal. "I got well very quickly after that, but I mean 30 minutes later." Travolta was impressed.
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He says L. Ron Hubbard seemed to have "done the heavy lifting for us and worked to hone down what works into a technology that helps you attain the things that you are looking for in a religion." More recently, Scientology came to the Travolta family's aid when their 16-year-old son died from an injury sustained during a seizure.
Oh my God, I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't had the support of Scientology. I don't think I could have got through it. They were with me every day after Jett died. They even travelled with me when I needed to get away. And for a solid two years it was like that. It was only in the second year that I started to take a break of a day or two just to see how I was doing on my own.
Okay, so on one hand, can you blame the guy? This is a group of people who are there when he needs them most. I've seen church congregations, extended families, and communities step in and help individuals in moments of crisis. And I know how much that means to people.
But does this not kind of give you the willies? I mean, it sounds like the Scientologists swooped in just when Travolta was at his most vulnerable. And they didn't let go for two years! He never got more than a second to feel his feelings in solitude, which is actually what any therapist would tell you is very important to the healing process. No wonder Scientologists have a reputation for hating psychology and therapists.
But clearly Travolta is so deep into Scientology that he's lost any self-consciousness about how controlling he makes them sound. Eh ... whatever works for him? Yeech!
Do you think the way Travolta describes Scientology makes it sound like a cult?
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