Scientology creeps me the f*** out.
Yeah, I know that all of us around here believe in some "weird" or "crazy" things, too, according to most standards out there; but I think even most of us are saying or going to be saying, "That's just out there, man. How do folks get caught up in all that?" What's scary to me is that certain celebrities I thought were intelligent -- like Will Smith, for a recent example -- are buying into this stuff.
From what I've read, the folks at Scientology will make you pay thousands of dollars before you can get to a certain "level" of . . . I don't know, enlightenment? Anyway, once you get to that level, they will then, and only then, tell you what I presume is their core belief: that the angry alien Xenu captured a bunch of Thetans, brought them here to earth, and nuked them in volcanoes -- and that's how the rest of the world was born, if I recall correctly. So this is their core belief, I presume, but you can't tell anybody about it without them having paid thousands upon thousands of dollars to them, first.
I'll take "cults" for five hundred, please.
Anyway . . . folks be crazy, yo.
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