Scientology Thunderdome: Commenters of the Week!
Please fasten your seatbelts. Enturbulation ahead.
What a fun week it's been for Scientology watchers! With just a few hours before the weekend starts, let's take a look at who impressed us the most with their comments, both for and against L. Ron Hubbard's wacky cabal!
First, on the anti side, we have this gem from Claireswazey, who reacted to Paulette Cooper making a statement about Tom Cruise winning a humanitarian award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center last week. Cooper is not only a Holocaust survivor, but also a survivor of probably the most frightening, coordinated campaigns of "fair game" ever perpetrated by Scientology on anyone. Nevertheless, defenders of Scientology were attacking Cooper for telling us she was outraged that Tom Cruise would be given an award by a pro-justice organization like the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Said Claireswazey:
And as for the best pro-Scientology comment...
I couldn't help being tickled by this one from Luz G., which was left on our story about the secret operation against Washington Post writer Richard Leiby:
Monday is another week! We have several stories working, and we can't wait to see what our commenters will have to say. Make us proud, on both sides of the issue!*
*Actually, there are quite a few different "sides" in what is happening with Scientology today. It has been pointed out to me numerous times that our reporting on Marty Rathbun, for example, seems to set off not only Scientologists, but also ex-Scientologist, classic critics, and even Anonymous (or maybe especially Anonymous). To which we reply: that's what makes it so fun!
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