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The Art of Self Deception

Discussion in 'Evaluating and Criticising Scientology' started by Chris Shugart, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. Chris Shugart

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    (originally posted on formerscientologistmagazine)

    If there’s an organization anywhere that fosters more cognitive dissonance than the Church of Scientology, I’ve never seen one. And a recent blog may be one of the most flagrant examples you will find. Martin Landon, a blogger for the Church’s inanely smug STAND website attempted to make his case against those who would criticize his church.

    His feeble argument includes an interesting analogy that takes irony to new stratospheric heights. He chose to play the Nazi card by citing Leni Riefenstahl’s infamous propaganda film Triumph of the Will. It’s an absurd attempt to discredit the so called “haters and bigots” who criticize Scientology. Landon deserves a golden “Pot Calling the Kettle Black” award for that comparison. Let’s remember that the Church’s PR department is filled with graduates cum laude from the Joseph Goebbels School of Propaganda.

    To get a complete picture of Landon’s cognitive dissonance, you need to read his personal recollection of having viewed Riefenstahl’s film back when he was in high school. Put your coffee cup down for this:
    One need only replace the name “Adolph Hitler” and the term “Nazi party” with “Miscavige” and “Scientology” and you have a perfect description of your average Scientology true believer. Irony doesn’t get any better than this.

    It would make for a very instructive exercise to view “Triumph of the Will” side by side with any video of Miscavige’s New Year’s Eve events. You’d swear that Goebbels had come back to life. Here’s an interesting multimedia project for some enterprising videographer: Take a clip from the Riefenstahl film and overdub the sound of Miscavige huffing and puffing about the victories of Scientology. Or you could do it the other way around: Take a clip from any Scientology New Year’s Event event and overdub the “Triumph” soundtrack, including captions in English. You’d be hard pressed to find any difference.

    Triumph of the will? Landon, I’ve got your triumph right here.