That’s a small investment if you’re Tom Cruise, who now demands $20 million per movie, or some of the other marquee names affiliated with the church, including actors John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley and Jason Lee, musicians Beck, Lisa Marie Presley and Chick Corea, and Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren. — Missionary Man

Beck’s a Scientologist? Why wasn’t I told? Not that I really care about the man, but he always sort of amused me. Now I’m seeing him in a whole new light. (And I’ve always like Jason Lee.)

By the way, is it just me or did LRH just have a whole Bond villian thing going? Originally I had him pegged as sitting around with some of his writer buddies making a bet on who could start a religion, but that was before I knew about the yacht:
Freewinds cruise ship

Check out the seal on that puppy (bigger pic) — can’t you just picture Ronny sitting in there, stroking a cat and purring “the volcanoes will erupt soon, my pet…” Fine, it probably wasn’t around when Hubbs was, but I still can totally imagine him on it.

Even the ship’s stated purpose — the isolation of followers to receive the highest level of training — sounds creepy.

Evading jurisdictions, anyone?

3 Responses to “Uh-Odelay”

  1. The Jonnie Mr. Pech Says:

    Oh, man it was nice knowing you, if you manage to escape the nutjobs, let me know just how silent their black helicopters really are.

    Also I found a page that said the Freewinds is full of asbestos. Hmm, fire and brimstone in scientology?

    if it looks like an ark and floats like an ark…

  2. jsp Says:

    An ark, that’s awesome! I think you may have revealed the secret plan…

    Salon’s on the case as well, reading Dianetics so we don’t have to:

    It’s not your garden-variety crank who can take a crackpot rant, turn it into a creepy gazillion-dollar church with the scariest lawyers around, and set himself up as the “Commodore” of a small fleet of ships, waited on hand and foot by teenage girls in white hot pants. But, I digress.

  3. jsp Says:

    And oh, I just realized: Tom CRUISE! It’s a sign! We’re all doomed!

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