A BBC Reporter goes deep into the world of Scientology and sparks a battle.
While making our BBC Panorama film “Scientology and Me” I have been shouted at, spied on, had my hotel invaded at midnight, denounced as a “bigot” by star Scientologists and been chased round the streets of Los Angeles by sinister strangers.
Back in Britain strangers have called on my neighbours, my mother-in-law’s house and someone spied on my wedding and fled the moment he was challenged.
You’ll need to spend upwards of $100,000 on their programs to ever find out about “the Incident”, that is, the founding myth of the religion as written by the marginally tolerable science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard:
L Ron wrote that 75 million years ago an intergalactic space alien lord called Xenu kidnapped Thetans to earth, dumped them in volcanoes and blew them up with atomic bombs.
I have no problem with differing ideas about faith. If someone wants to believe that space aliens came down and implanted a tomato into the belly of an antelope that then gave birth to the first human baby, I’m totally cool with that. But, the cult of Scientology has been far too prone to strange stalker-like behavior. And I’m not cool with that.