ABC News (Australia)
Ron Hubbard wrote
more western and
adventure stories than he ever did science fiction.
Elfman slams Scientology
Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:15pm AEDT
actress and high-profile Scientologist Jenna Elfman has no time for
people who criticize the controversial religion and urges people to get
their facts straight before judging.
for her role in the sitcom Dharma And
Greg, says people are too quick to judge the church, which boasts
celebrity members including Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and John Travolta.
"If someone starts talking to me negatively about something they've
never actually studied that actual text of, I don't really admire them
very much because it shows they don't have much integrity, so I just
kind of ignore them," Elfman told AAP in Sydney.
"I'm not going to listen to gossip and hearsay about something that's
affected my life so tremendously in such a tremendously positive way."
Founded by American science-fiction author L Ron Hubbard in the 1950s,
Scientology has received much criticism and been the butt of many jokes
for its stance against modern psychiatry and belief in alien
Elfman compared its treatment to the way other religions had been
persecuted through the ages.
"It's a new religion. Historically every new religion has been
[dismissed]," she said.
"People were hanged, fed to the lions for their beliefs so this is just
a modern day evolution of what happens when something new comes into
"It is not fully understood yet."
Elfman, who is in Australia with her husband
and 15-month-old son
Story to help launch a new pay TV channel, urged people to find out for
themselves about it.
"I've seen drug addicts completely rehabilitated, I've seen the
illiterate become literate, I've seen people that were so depressed and
hopeless completely rehabilitate their goals in life, become happier,
find partners," she said.