Why people boycott artists who support Scientology

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Plus: Leah Remini to give deposition in Scientology harassment suit, The International Cultic Studies Association, and don’t shoot at Jehovah’s Witnesses.

bullet Writing for Tonedeaf, Denham Sadler wonders whether we should care about religion’s influence in music.

He specifically — and primarily — addresses Scientology, saying,

[W]hy have so many musicians turned to Scientology, and what affect does it have on their art? Why are fans unable to separate the artist from their personal beliefs, often leading to boycotts and vitriol?

Mr. Sadler should wonder no more. Scientology actively courts celebrities because they provide free advertising. Unlike the rank and file, artists get pampered and usually are protected from the levels of nastiness others are subjected to.

That said, in recent years many former Scientology top executives and high-profile supporters have left the cult over its abusive policies and increasingly bizarre behavior.

The latest to leave to fold was actress Leah Remini, who left in part because, she says, “no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to.”

Observers see that as a reference to the organization’s destructive ‘disconnection’ policy through which the Scientology ‘church’ tears families and friendships apart.

Bottom line: Many people boycott artists who support Scientology because they do not want their money, spent on DVDs and concert tickets, used to enrich a destructive cult.

bullet Speaking of Leah Remini and of the hate group known as Scientology: Remini has agreed to give a deposition in the lawsuit filed by Monique Rathbun against the Church of Scientology over the cult’s harassment activities.

bullet ICSA Today is a magazine for members of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) — the primary network of lay and professional cult experts.

Published three times a year, the magazine provides information that enhances understanding of all aspects of the cult phenomenon.

The current issue, Volume 4, No. 2, 2013, includes an article on how an abusive church movement — Great Commission Churches — has reformed its practices. The article was written by Larry Pile, who has been a staff member of Director of Cult Education and Research for Wellspring Retreat in Albany, Ohio.

He is the author of Marching to Zion an online book about the Great Commission Association of Churches (previously available at GCMwarning.com).

See also comments on the movement by Ron Enroth, in his book Churches that Abuse and in Recovering From Churches That Abuse.

Some of the International Cultic Studies Association’s upcoming events include

bullet Jehovah’s Witnesses have a habit of bothering people at their private residences in order to try and get people interested in their religion. — which, in the USA, is a constitutionally-protected practice.

When three Jehovah’s Witnesses approached the front yard of John Baldwin, 35, from Centerton, Arkansas, he told them, “Get your (explicit) off my property. I moved out here to get away from people like you.”

He then fired 19 rounds from a gun at them was they drove away — which is why he now faces a felony charge of aggravated assault.

Theologically, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society — the legal entity behind Jehovah’s Witnesses — is a cult of Christianity. Sociologically the movement has cult-like elements as well.

Among other things, the cult’s leaders — who claim their organization represents God on earth — keep getting the date for the end of the world wrong.

It’s doctrines are also subject to constant changes.

But shooting at them goes too far. A simple, “I’m not interested,” should suffice.

See also: JWtruth.org

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This post was last updated: May. 9, 2014