|4 years ago :: Oct 30, 2009 - 9:56AM #1|
[please, answers only from Scientologists]
I watched Tommy Davis's interview on Nightline, and another longer one on YouTube. Both times, he was questioned about the sensitive topic of the material presented in the esoteric / classified / higher level scientology material. Both times, he refused to answer questions, on the grounds that he found the questions deeply offensive, and on the Nightline interview he removed his microphone and walked out of the interview.
I understand that this is a sensitive topic, so I won't ask any questions about it per se, but I'd like to try to find out what makes questions of this nature so offensive to Scientologists (or to Mr Davis at least). A few possible explanations have occurred to me to explain his actions, and I would like to know if any of them are correct.
1. The "Space Opera" story, as depicted in South Park, and as commonly imagined by non-Scientologists, is a crass and deliberate twisting of Hubbard's words, akin to claiming that "Christians worship a zombie".
2. The story is a complete fiction, like slanderous claims of former generations that Jews kidnapped children for use in blood-sacrifice rituals. The idea that the interviewer takes the story seriously, and thinks that Scientologists believe it to be true, is insulting.
3. The story is an accurate representation of Hubbard's teachings, but is only of minor, peripheral importance: a footnote to the rest of Dianetics. Scientologists are irritated by the media's obsession with this one detail, and would prefer to focus on everything else that Scientology is about.
4. The story is accurate, but not taken seriously by most members of the church, who are somewhat embarrassed by it.
5. The story was only ever intended as metaphorical or as having some other, deeper meaning.
6. The story is accurate, but Scientologists are aware of how ridiculous it must sound to outsiders.
7. The story is accurate, but it is held as an article of faith that some things must be kept secret, and asking a Scientologist to discuss secret Scientology beliefs would be asking them to violate their religious beliefs.