What do Bart Simpson, Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley, and John Travolta have in common? All of them belong to a religion that seems designed to steal people's money and break up families. Ok, in the case of Bart Simpson, it's actually Nancy Cartwright, the actress who is Bart's voice.
A new controversial documentary from Germany, Bis Nichts Mehr Bleibt (Until Nothing Remains) illustrates that Scientology is nothing more than a business, whose product is a bunch of pseudo-scientific hocus pocus, and the price is misfortune, unhappiness, and sometime the loss of your entire family.
It's a typical Scientology story: A young family got lured in and gave all their money to the organization through coercion and promises. Then one of them (the husband in this case) got wise and tried to withdraw, only to find that his wife and daughter were totally addicted to the pseudo-science and psychological coercion. Scientology had so consumed they wife that she was beyond his influence. He now has little money left, and has completely lost contact with his wife and young daughter.
What sort of religion tears families apart and bankrupts its members? That's easy: religions don't do that. That's the sort of behavior you expect from gambling casinos and Mafia-type gangs.
And what sort of religion has to go to court, again and again, trying to suppress documentaries and news reports? What sort of religion won't even divulge its core theology until you pay it a fortune? What sort of religion gets put on trial for being an illegal cult in France, or is accused of being a criminal organization in Australia?
Scientology. But it's not a religion, it's a business. It's core theology seems to be greed, and its morality seems to be that whatever gets them more money is moral.