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SCIENTOLOGY INVESTIGATED SOUTH PARK CREATORS FOR POSSIBLE INDOCTRINATION
October 26 2011
Los Angeles, CA – Every new religion has been controversial in its time. Sometimes that controversy is perfectly valid, simply because the people involved are more than a little nuts. Often, though, those particular groups are more cult in orientation, actively recruiting people into a small group and living the religion. For wider religions though, the ones that actually gain popularity, it is much more free-form, allowing anyone to join and leave.
For many years, people haven’t quite been able to determine what side of the spectrum that Scientology falls in. While it certainly does have cult-like qualities, it has also proliferated and not resulted in mass suicide or confrontations with the law. Still, it is controversial and consequently become the source of a lot of jokes.
Jokes are what Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of ‘South Park’, do best but even they ran into trouble back in 2005 when they took on the controversial religion. As it turns out, they had no idea how much trouble they had wandered into. In an interview with The Voice, a former Scientology follower showed a document revealing just how far the group went to investigate the comedy duo before backing off, deciding that bringing them into the faith just wasn’t going to work.
In the document, details show that the group dug deep into both men’s private lives including their personal correspondences, bank records, and phone records before ultimately pulling back and just letting the whole thing go.
“These connections are being PRC'd (public records check). Phone records. Bank records. Personal letters that expose some kind of vulnerability. They'll read stuff into the kind of alcohol you're drinking and how much. Prescriptions. They'll figure out your diet. They can find out a lot about you through your trash,” said Marty Rathburn.
The group also investigated TV’s John Stamos and his then wife Rebecca Romijn due to their close association with Parker and Stone. None of the people investigated have turned over to Scientology in the intervening years.
Parker and Stone have gone on record stating they are irreligious, Romijn’s religious belief in unknown, and John Stamos has long followed John Stamos.
“Remember they did the same things to Christ in his time, much worse in fact. New religions have always been awkward and when people come out critically of them, well they tend to lash out. We don’t have any details of it but I’m sure Christ had people digging through Roman trash on more than one occasion,” said Scrape TV Religion analyst Bertram Gas. “Look, people want to jump to conclusions but it could be that they were just considering them for inclusion in their religion and ultimately found that they weren’t worthy. That episode of the show may have just brought them to the churches attention. Obviously they decided to go a different way and there doesn’t seem to be any hurt feelings, so things keep turning for everyone.”
John Travolta, a noted celebrity Scientologist, has routinely been seen throughout the Los Angeles areas digging through trash. It’s not clear if he is doing church work.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent