Reader: Scientology gets a free pass, while "news" outlets focus on Mormons

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The Book of Mormon may seem gut-bustingly revolutionary, but creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are building on a tradition of god-mocking that is as old as belief itself, Josiah Hesse reveals in his pop-history of religious satire.

From Chaucer and Voltaire to Kevin Smith and Bill Maher, comedians have drawn the bottomless well of religious satire, which never seems to run dry.

Says Steven M. Palmer thinks one group is getting a free pass:

Funny how everyone is suddenly taking an interest at pointing out the shortcomings of the LDS church but not a damn one of these "news" outlets has the balls to point out the uber-scam that $cientology is much less to do an hour long TV special on it.

Of course, Parker and Stone have taken on Scientology in South Park -- but so far, no musical about it. Then again, so far no Scientologist has run for president...that we know of. Does Scientology deserve to be the focus of more serious scrutiny -- as well as satire? Post your thoughts below.



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jabuhrer
jabuhrer

Scientology and Mormonism aren't any crazier than "Mainline Protestantism," the Catholic Church, Judaism, Islam, etc. They are just newer and smaller. All of these groups are cults that revolve around made up magical stories that even children can see through.  They, and their adherents, all deserve to be ridiculed. The fact that any religion is taken seriously in the 21st Century is a shame.

Soother
Soother

The tenet of this story is among the...least observant (I'm trying to be kind here) I have ever seen.

 

Every month there are MANY sneering news stories about Scientology or some famous parishioner. They come from the Vilification Voice, the Tampa Bay (St. Petersburg) Times, to Anderson Cooper, to Reitman's rambles. That doesn't count the several self-serving "Poor me I had to eat a bean in the Sea Org" blogs and books the unsuccessful are hawking.

 

Want a news story about news coverage? Cover the phenomenon that Scientology never gets even-handed coverage in any of these.

 

Everywhere, its critics are accorded instant sainthood and credibility. Its spox get third-class placement in the piece (or none) and about one third the column inches or minutes (on none) that critics get.

 

Then there are the biased content of promos, hosts' incredulity and raised eyebrows to the Scientologists versus unctuous solicitation for the haters' allegations. 

 

Reporters don't ask, and editors never send reporters back to ask, the tough questions of the accusers. Questions like..."Do you have any hard evidence I can use to support that wild-haired accusation? No?? That's cool. We'll run with it."

 

Thanks for this story. It shows how truly blind the spiritually sold-out can be. 

SteveDenver
SteveDenver

If  presidential candidate believed in Scientology, then perhaps it would receive more attention.

Reminder: the movie "THE MASTER" is being released soon and is said to have a lot in common with the story of L. Ron Hubbard, daddy of Dianetics.

JenniferCox
JenniferCox

The cult of $cientology is the most evil and destructive cult in modern history, especially in the U.S, and the fact that the government and the media in general have allowed themselves to be scared into silence regarding this tragedy is a national disgrace.

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