Friday, August 19, 2005

Beck and Scientology

Here's a really great article about musician Beck's lifelong involvement with Scientology. Here's the part I find the most interesting:

Beck has been reported in various places, by a number of people, to have attended the Apple School of Los Feliz, which was run by Scientologists. Beck's elementary class portrait as "Bek Campbell" appears in an Apple School yearbook. It's not clear what years Beck attended the school, though it ceased operating in 1985. Beck dropped out of school in the ninth grade, after a short time in public school. Many children raised in Scientology, like Juliette Lewis, Leah Remini, and Lisa Marie Presley, drop out of school early. Cult-educated children who are later enrolled in accredited schools often find themselves hopelessly behind their conventionally educated classmates, so dropping out of school is an easy choice. The lack of education among cult-raised children is crucial for future indoctrination and recruitment. A child who has never been introduced to the scientific method or critical thinking techniques is ripe for brainwashing. He will more readily accept stories about being possessed by the spirits of space aliens or about being a descendent of shellfish, or believe that Dianetics can cure illnesses. Children raised in cults are also expected to support themselves at an early age, and Scientology is no exception. As little adults, they are expected to get jobs or work full time for the cult, so a formal education is not considered a necessity.


Beck is relatively uneducated. He has just an eighth grade education, and most of this education seems to have been in Scientology schools. He most likely has never had conventional education in science or health. This is by cult design, because lack of education makes a victim easier to manipulate.

It kind of makes his assertions that "it has reinforced certain things that were really constructive and good. If you actually look at what's been done through Scientology and what's come out of it, I think it blows away the criticism" even more ridiculous.


Anonymous glibby said...

I can't get past the fact that Beck's mother's friend's first name is Vaginal.

4:37 AM  
Blogger Thetan Lover said...

Yeah, that one made me look twice too.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Xenuphobe said...

This section just made me see red:

"Home births also accommodate the Scientology's "silent birth" rules about not talking to a newborn baby for a period of one week. While Scientology teaches that this reduces the trauma associated with a baby's birth, this is actually another method to destroy family bonds."

God. Stuff like that just makes me furious.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Thetan Lover said...

Me too, especially since most states have laws against home births because of the danger to both the mother and the child. There's a good reason for it. What if the mother loses one drop of blood to many? What if the child is in immediate need of medical attention that requires equipment? I really hate anyone who celebrates the "natural process" of childbirth without recognizing that there was a time when either the mother, the child, or, tragically, both dying during birth was considered relatively "natural." Modern medicine has spared people countless amounts of pain by being able to fix the smallest of difficulties that in the past would have meant death.

And don't even get me started on the idea of deliberately keeping your child ignorant or uneducated so that they are more maleable to the insipid assertions about science and medicine made by Scientology. That just pisses me off.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Xenuphobe said...

Ah yes, the good old days, when childbirth was pure and natural, and women died left and right.

4:35 AM  
Blogger superflywebpimp said...

I have to say I love Beck's music. I found your site to be brimming with strange facts nestled among quite reflections. Also, I applaud your fascination with details, however noir-ish they might be.

superflywebpimp, noir-ish novelist.

2:45 PM  

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