Monday, October 23, 2006

Science in the City

Late 1940s: Pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard declared, "Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion."

Hubbard later created the Church of Scientology...

And yesterday marked the largest expansion for Scientology in the Church’s 50-year history in London. More than 5,000 members and friends (minus Cruise) of the Church of Scientology of London packed Queen Victoria Street in the heart of the City for the grand opening of their new £24m "church." Steps away from the Tate Modern and St. Paul’s Cathedral, the grandiose historic building (former home to British Petroleum) now serves the growing membership of London-area Scientologists. No doubt Alanis Morissette would agree, it is all just a little bit ironic.

And what's more, the also evangelical rooted, Salvation Army, similarly houses their headquarters just 100 metres down Queen Victoria Street in a building that looks far more Canary than charity. Apologies to any a) believers b) of charity starting at home. Oh, the fun we could have with this. For London is today, as Maverick would say, 'a target-rich environment.'

But, let's do be careful because after all "people who attack Scientology are criminals."--L. Ron Hubbard.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missed their move to London. Rather shocked they choose the financial district but many things about the religion surprises me.

Today I started off on a short quest to get a solid definition of "space opera." Found the space opera page, read the blurb, and then scrolled down to a list of popular books considered to be space opera.

Clicked on a link and started reading about some sci-fi universe created by some author. Sounded really interesting. Went deeper for detailed synopses of the individual books. Then went deeper reading descriptions about some alien species.

Then I went back to the space opera back and noticed a paragraph that mentioned that space opera features prominently in the Scientology religion. That led me to a fascinating article about Xenu and OT level III and an ex-Scientologist who leaked this stuff into the public domain, and how Scientologists tried to get it off the internet.

12:45 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

Knew about the Salvation HQ but why would Scientology need such a big central office?

That cant be very ethical or moral? And to locate in the City the centre of commerce seems all too ironic.

12:49 pm  
Anonymous Sam said...

Ironic and some. What a fortune.

Doesn't Hubbard charge a fee of some crazy amount each year to his members as well?

1:18 pm  
Anonymous dawnbysea said...

No Cruise? Did Travolta make it?

1:21 pm  
Anonymous Samson said...

Space opera? Now we are talking!

1:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good - keep that psycho babble across the pond. We have enough religious fanatics over here in US blowing up other countries in the name of Commander in Chief.

1:23 pm  
Anonymous Charlie said...

I am no criminal I love Scientology. I really, really, love Scientology and Scientologists.

Kirstie Alley, Beck, Mary Bono, Nancy Cartwright, Chick Corea, Tom Cruise, Isaac Hayes, Mark Isham, Priscilla Presley, John Travolta, Edgar Winter. The whole bunch. Scientology!

1:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great, I love Scientology! They are the funniest bunch of suckers. How many times do people have to remind them that LRH, the science FICTION writer, created a science FICTION religion.

1:29 pm  
Anonymous badgelady said...

L. Ron Hubbard's brother said that Hubbard used to wet the bed.

His name was P. Don Hubbard.

2:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are a cult cult cult cult!

Stay away they will entrap you and suck your mind dry to re pump it full of cult language

3:28 pm  
Anonymous Dave, a script writer said...

Sounds perfect -- a place to house all of London's nutters under one roof.

4:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why give them more advertising?

4:41 pm  
Anonymous Robin said...

The last anonymous comment really gets me wound up. The times when people say 'why give them more advertising'
The same could be said for reporting on dictators, paedophiles, anything really.

What a nonsense. Why waste your time even writing it? Slicky didnt mean to go hard but some people.....

4:44 pm  
Anonymous Keith said...

Why London? Surely they could have found cheaper accommodation for their spiritual home than the capital? Pack em off to Brum

6:26 pm  
Blogger ems said...

Any religion that charges its believers to learn more about it is automatically dubious in my book.

10:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a reason why cult is four letters

8:16 am  
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Wow that is very interesting that he said that. Hmmmmmmm

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