Several years ago I attended a cocktail party for a group I belonged to which was hosted by a couple of nice people with whom I was barely acquainted. As I admired the antique furniture in the living room, a gal I was chatting with casually mentioned that the hosts were in the process of moving. This would be their last party in that house. And, oh, they were planning on auctioning off all their furniture and donating the proceeds to the Church of Scientology (CoS). I almost choked on my canapÃ©.
CoS has come to the fore recently through the antics of Tom Cruise. Of course, I know you already know this unless you have been holed up in a cave or meditating on a mountaintop of late. And usually I wouldnâ??t even broach the subject of such celebrity nonsense except that Tom Cruise has been really annoying, plus heâ??s dragged into his corner a sweet, innocent young thing unawares, or so weâ??re led to believe. And he has so offended Brooke Shields with his Scientology mumbo jumbo, criticizing her for seeking medication and therapy for her postpartum depression, that she felt compelled to defend herself in The New York Times.
Mark Morford irreverently summarizes all the current, creepy Cruise news in his column today at SFGate.com.
So anyway. Thanks, Tom, for all the decent movies, agroo performances, that mega-intense, frat-boy-on-'roids stare. But please, before you get any weirder, would you maybe consider exiting calmly? Is it too late to ask? If we all buy a copy of Hubbard's silly little "Dianetics" and send it to Brooke Shields, will you go away and leave us alone? Damn. I didn't think so.
And heâ??s right. Going away, leaving people alone, doesnâ??t seem to be elemental to Cruiseâ??s disposition. Many in the general public might consider him a harmless, misguided fool, but CoS that he represents can turn out to be a toxic lure for those ill-equipped when it comes to reliable information about this organization.
For anyone interested, take a gander at one of the informative websites linked by Mark Morford. One especially poignant testimony comes from a former Scientologist who recommends ways to approach a Scientologist you want to help. Itâ??s not easy.