Dancing With The Stars Of Scientology

What a perfect way to make America suddenly embrace Scientology; create a reality show that combines dancing and the teaching of L. Ron Hubbard.

Be happy your not in the UK right now. The Scientologist’s held a gala at the Church of Scientology in East Grinstead. The Travolta’s took part in an impromptu dance session during the gala.

First came reported sightings of Tom Cruise and his pregnant fiancée, Katie Holmes, being chauffeured to Saint Hill Manor, the remote Georgian house which the Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, bought as his world base 45 years ago. Then John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, arrived at the same location in their private jet.

Bulky security staff prevented ordinary mortals sneaking into the three-day annual gala thrown by the “sinos”, as the church’s members are known locally, but those inside the cordon on Saturday night watched Cruise win a standing ovation for donating £2m to the International Association of Scientologists since joining it 15 years ago.

Of course, Scientologists are used to shelling out, since handing over cash is a key part of the Hubbard doctrine. On Saturday, it earned Cruise the Diamond Meritorious Award, which followed the platinum equivalent awarded last year when his contribution topped $2.5m (£1.4m). He remains the biggest donor to Scientology. Other members of the cult have been less content about paying up, complaining that they have been milked of thousands of pounds.

It is unclear if Travolta’s wife and Cruise’s fiancée had the chance to talk. If so, it is reasonable to assume that Ms. Preston would have pressed home the cult’s central doctrine about childbirth – that mothers should not express pain while in labour for fear of traumatising the baby.

Ahh. This all makes sense now. Scientology is all about repression.

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