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Watch: Ricky Gervais Mocks Closeted Gay Scientologist Actors

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Among Ricky Gervais' first barbs of the night was this joke, aimed at speculation surrounding Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Will Smith.

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NYT Article On Scientology Defectors

Battlefield The New York Times today published a lengthy piece about two former Scientologists, husband and wife, who left the Church due to extensive abuse. Chris and Christie Collbran talk candidly about their experiences with the Church and their employment with its association, Sea Org, whose members are required to sign a contract for a billion years. Yes, a billion years.

From the article:

"When Mr. Collbran decided he wanted to leave the Sea Org, he was sent to Los Angeles, where potential defectors are assigned to do menial labor while they reconsider their decision. Ms. Collbran remained in Johannesburg, and for three months the church refused to allow them to contact each other, the Collbrans said.

Letters they wrote to each other were intercepted, they said. Finally, Ms. Collbran was permitted to go to Los Angeles, but husband and wife were kept separated for another three months, the Collbrans said, while they went through hours of special auditing sessions called “confessionals.” The auditors tried to talk them out of leaving, and the Collbrans wavered.

They could not just up and go. For one, they said, the church had taken their passports. But even more important, they knew that if they left the Sea Org without going through the church’s official exit process, they would be declared “suppressive persons” — antisocial enemies of Scientology. They would lose the possibility of living for eternity. Their parents, siblings and friends who are Scientologists would have to disconnect completely from them, or risk being declared suppressive themselves.

'You’re in fear,' Mr. Collbran said. 'You’re so into it, it’s everything you know: your family, your eternity.'”

In related news, the 2000 film "Battlefield Earth," based on L. Ron Hubbard's novel of the same name, was just awarded a Razzie for worst film of the decade.


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Scientology Spokesman Tommy Davis Storms Out of ABC Interview

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Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis did not have a good weekend. In addition to getting a letter from director Paul Haggis renouncing the cult for gay bashing, ABC's Martin Bashir was mean to him in an interview, asking him questions like "Do you believe that a galactic emperor called Xenu brought his people to earth 75 million years ago and buried them in volcanoes?"

Bashir's line of questioning eventually caused Davis to have a hissyfit, rip off his microphone, and storm out on camera.

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