Monday, November 21, 2005

Fiddled Figures

Heads up to the Scientomogy blog for noting an independent religious survey that shows that in 1990 and 2001 a mere 45,000 and 55,000 people in the United States respectively considered themselves Scientologists, which is a very far cry from the 8 million number they claim worldwide (it's quite fair to assume that the bulk of their membership would be in the US). More people define themselves as pagan, Wiccan, Baha'l, Born Again, and Quaker each.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Scientology and South Park

I've just been watching the South Park episode about Scientology. It's mildly funny stuff. Key quote: "Tom Cruise won't come out of the closet".

On South Park, Stan is determined by the Scientologists to be the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard. Tom Cruise hides in Stan's closet because Stan tells him that the guy who played Napoleon Dynamite is a better actor than him. Tom Cruise shouts through the closet door for everyone to go away, but Stan's father says "we can't leave you alone because you won't come out of the closet."