One wonders what the Senior Worshippers of Xenu must be thinking.
Maybe that’s why they’re moving away from using it.
The streetside “Free Stress Tests” have always been conspicuously missing any reference to Mr Hubbard’s little cult, but now even their advertising literature is being edited.
Exhibit A: the leaflet for Narconon Melbourne I found in my letterbox this afternoon.
Narconon is a branch of the Church of Scientology, not that you’d know that by looking at the leaflet.
After all, it’s so friendly and generic! “Get off drugs naturally” … “overcoming addiction for good” …
“Banish your engrams and realise your true thetan self”.
No, wait. That’s what it doesn’t say. Maybe you have to complete a few more levels before you get to that.
Even the small print refers to “The Association for Better Living & Education”. How lovely.
So what’s going on? Has Scientology always been like this? Or has their brand damage reached the point where they’ve decided to quietly abandon it?
Maybe they should do what some of our other “more respectable” religions have done: start a crusade, kill the heretics and take over the government somewhere.
At the very least, it should get them some tax breaks in Europe.