Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Joy of Sect

The New Yorker recently released its long-awaited massive article profiling esteemed Hollywood director Paul Haggis and the bizzaro-world of Scientology. Among the juicy revelations: the FBI is investigating the nascent religion for human trafficking abuses, John Travolta healed Marlon Brando with only his hands, and Scientology's leader, David Miscavige, is an all-around creepy guy.

If you want to learn more about Scientology's metaphysical dogma, check out South Park's excoriating depiction of their origin story. It's excoriating because it's basically a sincere representation of the official doctrine. Also, the Simpsons episode The Joy of Sect is a fantastic glimpse into the dangers of totalitarian religious organizations, i.e. cults.

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