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Scientology Gets Its Ass Kicked In the Desert April 18th, 2009 - Wise Beard Man tipped us recently that KESQ, a local television station in Palm Springs, California, has put together a pretty terrific 10-part investigation of Scientology. [...] KESQ s Nathan Baca asked Davis, Somebody from the Village Voice apparently said the Church of Scientology is about ridding the body of space alien parasites. And your reaction then and now is exactly to that claim? Davis answered, You know, here s the thing. There are outrageous claims out there on the Internet about what Scientologists believe. Very clever response, Tommy. Yes, the stuff Scientologists believe is pretty outrageous, and it is plastered all over the Internet. Davis, with that answer, is implying that the outrageous material isn t true, but of course, it is true. Because the stuff we at the Voice, and many others, have written over many years regarding the actual beliefs of Scientologists is based on court records and other sources of L. Ron Hubbard s own writings. But here comes the best part. Davis himself then asserts that the easiest and most transparent way to learn about Scientology is through L. Ron Hubbard s books and lectures. Baca s ready for that, and he whips out one of Hubbard s many arcane and very stupid manuals about space aliens and federations of planets and counseling tomatoes, and whatever. I can stop you, Davis says. I m familiar with the material. I think what you re getting at is the confidential scriptures of the Church. But Baca won t be dissuaded: Is this not about the fundamentals of your belief? And here comes the classic Scientology dodge. Davis says that discussing the beliefs of his church is offensive: For you to talk to me, you as somebody who is not a Scientologist to talk to me about what my beliefs are or to ask me to explain any core religious belief, that s an offensive concept. Nobody should ever be asked to do that. [...] Look, we ve said it many times, and we ll say it again: Scientology should never be treated as a legitimate faith by local governments as long as it insists on charging people hundreds of thousands of dollars before telling them the most basic, most fundamental of its core beliefs. [...] Scientology wants a small fortune before telling you that your body is crawling with invisible space-alien parasites, and that L. Ron Hubbard discovered the only way to get rid of them, by holding onto a couple of soup cans connected to a sweat-meter while being grilled about your most embarrassing secrets. [...] UPDATE: From the comments, a classic Scientology response: The religious practices of Scientology are primarily the auditing process wherein a spiritual being is guided by a trained auditor in various processes to better his spiritual condition. Why are Scientologists afraid to be a little more specific, as in, The religious practices of Scientology are primarily the auditing process wherein a spiritual being pays tens of thousands of dollars per spiritual level to be interrogated by a trained auditor about his most privately-held secrets in order to find the things holding back his spiritual condition, things which our most highly-esteemed leader tell us are actually the disembodied souls of ancient space aliens, as laid out in our leader s sacred texts, which may not be altered or negated in any way. [...] This is a summary extract from the full article as it appeared on Village Voice, March 2009 Full Article