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More scientology madness: This time, John Travolta

I’ve done my fair share of ranting about Scientology, be it about Tom Cruise’s aggressive and arrogant antipsychiatry nuttiness a couple of years ago or the very recent piece I wrote about the disturbing and idiotically conceived anti-psychiatry museum run by the Church of Scientology. The Church of Scientology is, of course, a target-rich environment, given the sheer nuttiness of it all. Indeed, there’d be nothing other than laughter from me if Scientology didn’t push a rabid anti-psychiatry pseudoscience in the name of religion and if it didn’t go after its critics with the tenacity of a rabid Rottweiler.

Although, among famous Scientologists, Tom Cruise gets under my skin in a major way, given his intentionally confrontational and ignorant rants about psychiatry, John Travolta never bothered me that much. He always seemed a lot more genial and low-key and not nearly as obnoxious about his religion as Tom Cruise. True, I did once take him to task for some stupid things he said about “environmental toxins,” but in general Travolta never inspired the loathing in me that Cruise has managed to do.

Until now:

June 19, 2007 — JOHN Travolta blames Virginia Tech, Columbine and all the other tragic school shootings not on the psychos who committed the heinous acts – but on psychiatric drugs. “I still think that if you analyze most of the school shootings, it is not gun control. It is [psychotropic] drugs at the bottom of it,” Travolta told W. But the “Hairspray” film star won’t be jumping on couches over the issue or attacking Matt Lauer as his fellow Scientologist, Tom Cruise, did last year: “I don’t disagree with anything Tom says. How would I have presented it? Maybe differently than how he did, but it doesn’t matter.”

That’s right; you’ve got it. It wasn’t mental illness that was responsible for the shooter’s rampage at Virginia Tech, it was pyschiatric drugs! I guess it’s time to lump Travolta into the same category as the people who blamed the Virginia Tech shootings on atheism and evolution, vaccines, race-mixing, or any number of other personal hobby horses.

Travolta is a reminder. While it may be true that not all Scientologists are as upfront about pushing the idiocy of their religion as Tom Cruise, that is no reason not to look at more “reasonable” or “amiable” Scientologists with less suspicion. If a person is a committed Scientologist, even if that person is apparently intelligent and amiable, he will share the same anti-scientific beliefs as Tom Cruise. Apparently Travolta has recovered from his critically low e-meter reading, because he’s now dishing out the antipsychiatry woo with the best of the Scientologists.

(Via D-Listed. Yeah, I admit it. I read D-Listed from time to time. Deal with it.)

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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