Juliette Lewis did a recent interview with Vanity Fair magazine and was asked some interesting questions. (including one concerning the thread title I used).
Also she was asked about Xenu as well.
She explains that some people are confusing Hubbards science fiction works with his studies that have nothing to do with science fiction.
I'm glad we got that all cleared up.
If you'd like to read the actual interview it is located here:
There is another article about the interview here:
Just in case the interview eventually gets removed from the website I'll repost some of the scientology related questions (and answers) from the interview here:
Iím not sure how to segue into this, so Iíll just come out and ask. Youíre a Scientologist, right?
I am, yeah.
Do you celebrate Christmas? Iíve never been sure about that. Does Christmas count as a Scientology holiday?
Oh yeah. We absolutely celebrate Christmas.
So you have a tree with ornaments and eggnog and presents and Christmas carols that arenít about Xenu?
Iím a Christian! I think thereís so much confusion because people donít understand a religion where you can be another religion but you can still practice Scientology. Thatís why itís completely progressive. Itís just tools for living. Itís about understanding oneís self and others and compassion and how to communicate better and how to live in this troubled society. Itís really basic, common sense stuff. It has nothing to do with all this funny folklore that surrounds it. You could be a Jewish Scientologist or a Buddhist Scientologist or a Christian Scientologist or anything else.
Do you believe your ancestors were reincarnated aliens?
Thatís not been a part of my experience, no. (Laughs.)
So... you donít believe you came from aliens?
I was thinking about where that idea came from, and I was like, ďOh, maybe itís because [L. Ron] Hubbard was a successful science fiction writer, so theyíre confusing his science fiction with his other studies that have nothing to do with science fiction.Ē Itís like you thinking I might punch somebody in the face because I played somebody who punched somebody in the face in a movie.
Thatís actually a pretty good analogy. I wasnít expecting that.
Iím used to misconceptions. And honestly, I donít care to explain Scientology to people. You can investigate it on your own. Itís not that difficult. There are Web sites and all sorts of resources. The one thing that troubles me is when rumor becomes hatred and prejudice towards a group of people. Thatís when it becomes scary, when you have people trying to take away other peopleís right to practice a religion of your own choosing.
Youíre taking all the fun out of mocking Scientology.
My experience is, thereís nothing alarming or inhibitive about Scientology. I donít find it judgmental. I canít speak for somebody elseís experience. Itís just my own.
Read the entire interview here: