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Touchy bunch, the Scientologists

A WELSH councillor is facing a disciplinary hearing after calling the Church of Scientology “stupid” in a post on the Twitter website.

Wales’ public standards watchdog said John Dixon is likely to have breached the code of conduct for local authority members with his short message last year.

Cllr Dixon

The Church of Scientology, according to this report, made an official complaint after spotting the posting last year.

The church, created by American science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard in the 1950s, has a reputation for being fiercely litigious and has been accused in the US courts of trying to use the legal system to destroy critics.

Dixon, Cardiff council’s executive member for health and social services, as well as being a web developer and microbiologist, is contesting the complaint saying he was writing in a personal capacity.

He posted the message on his Twitter account, then called CllrJohnDixon, when he was in London last year buying his wife-to-be a wedding ring.

It said:

I didn’t know the Scientologists had a church on Tottenham Court Road. Just hurried past in case the stupid rubs off.

In a follow-up comment after the Scientologists registered to receive all his Twitter posts, he posted:

Just realised the Scientologists are following me. Quick everyone, pretend you’re out.

Dixon did not want to comment and said he would make a statement after the disciplinary process is completed.

He has since changed his name on the Twitter website to JohnLDixon to emphasise he is posting in a private capacity.

The complaint was made to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales in December last year, nearly six months after the messages were posted on Twitter.

The church alleged the messages impinged on the right to religious freedom and were being made in an official capacity, given the name CllrJohnDixon.

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has issued a summary judgement in which he found there is likely to have been a breach of the code of conduct and referred the complaint to Cardiff council’s Standards and Ethics Committee.Scientology is not gay and it's not stupid. Yeah, right,

A while back American Indie film director John Roecker, pictured right,  almost got himself thumped in LA’s trendy Los Feliz neighborhood for wearing a T-shirt that a pair of Scientologists found insulting.  The shirt had a picture of Tom Cruise on the front and a caption “Scientology is Gay!” On the back was “Stayin’-Alive”-era John Travolta with the words “Very Gay!”

On seeing the shirt, actor Bodhi Elfman said:

Hey, man, you’re making fun of my religion.

The encounter got more heated when Roecker made some disparaging remarks about a key character in Scientology, Xenu, an intergalactic space dictator, who who, 75 million years ago, brought billions of his people to Earth in a DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and killed them using hydrogen bombs. Official Scientology dogma holds that the essences of these many people remained, and that they form around people in modern times, causing them spiritual harm.

Scientology stupid? Where on earth did Dixon get that idea!

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

30 responses to “Touchy bunch, the Scientologists”

  1. Dogon says:

    Forest Gump had it right
    “Stupid is as stupid does”

    Or from Wikipedia
    “Stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or sense.”………..seems Scientology fits right in.

  2. Harry says:

    Be careful, Dogon, someone might think you were using wit in the Shakespearean sense there.

    “I said that thou hadst a great wit. Yay, said she, a great gross one. Nay, say I, a fine wit. Yay, said she, a fine little one. Nay, said I, a good wit. Just, said she, it hurts nobody.”

  3. Broadsword says:

    What a bunch of tossers. Picking on a very small man for a throwaway remark he made months ago. I don’t think anything will come of this other than Dixon having to apologise. It’s a pity this vendetta won’t get widely publicised as it would tarnish their public image. Hollywood millionaires attacking an ordinary bloke in defense of their whacky religion. From hereon I’m boycotting any film these morons appear in.

  4. AngieRS says:

    I can’t believe this Ombudsman says there is likely to have been a breach of the code. Let’s hope the rest of them throw it out for the stupidity it is.

  5. Broadsword says:

    Am I right in thinking Scientology is not recognised as a bona fide religion in the UK? If true, I see no reason for disciplining the councillor.
    I’m writing to him to express my support:
    http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=2872,4274,4280&parent_directory_id=2865&id=1103&Language=

  6. barriejohn says:

    Scientology is regarded as a sect, not a religion, in France, but I don’t know that there is any official position in this country.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8327569.stm

  7. Harry says:

    The UK doesn’t have a definitive list of religions, just a list of criteria to be considered one. A judge ruled a few years back that Odinism qualifies. I wouldn’t be surprised if FSM-ism qualified too.

  8. Marcus says:

    I have posted this on Freethinker before and make no excuse for doing so again. It just shows how utterly feckin’ gullible people can be.

    “Science fiction editor and author Sam Moscowitz claims that when Hubbard spoke before the Eastern Science Fiction Association in Newark, New Jersey in 1947: `Hubbard told us that writing science fiction for about a penny a word was no way to make a living. If you really want to make a million, he said, the quickest way is to start your own religion.'”

    The word ‘stupid’ doesn’t even come close to describing how bonkers followers of Scientology really are.

  9. Stuart W says:

    If I had never heard of this cult and was asked to scribe and storyboard an ingenious parody of religion, I think it would come out virtually identical to Scientology. A Sci-Fi novelist founder who openly stated that the world’s best get-rich-quick scheme is to start a religion, an Ed Wood-like mythology involving super-advanced aliens, a willingness to have money virtually hovered out of your wallet as a condition to be a member… and still the hordes flock, bow and believe.

  10. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Scientology is stupid, but no more stupid than the abrahamic religions, indeed it is no more stupid than any religion. Talking animals, virgin births, flying horses, warring gods, lets face it, the recognised religions are sooooo damn funny, scientology fits right in.

  11. Marcus says:

    Speaking of Scientologists being a ‘touchy bunch’, check out this old chestnut. It’s still good for a laugh:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUiUyVqOuJI

  12. Broadsword says:

    Being vertically challenged is not an issue unless, like Tom Cruise, you make it one. Despite wearing Showaddywaddy beetle crushers, I doubt he ever managed a quick knee trembler with the lady pictured here:
    http://mensshoestand.com/shoe-tips-on-how-to-look-tall/
    Be funny to see him try.

  13. Ivan says:

    Those who missed this genius episode of the spoof “Star Stories” series when it was first broadcast might want to bookmark this 4oD page where it will become available soon:

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/star-stories/episode-guide/series-2/episode-2

    Enjoy.

  14. Har Davids says:

    A sect like Scientology shows what happens when the state takes any kind of religion seriously; you can’t make any comment or there’ll be hell to pay. What did those politicians do with the separation of religion and state?

  15. tony e says:

    Season 9. South Park. More than mocks the tits called Scientologists.

    It’s laughable, just like religion!

  16. Broadsword says:

    Why does the filter on this blog have to be so robust? I posted a comment 90 minutes ago that is still awaiting approval. Surely any opinion here gets properly peer reviewed unlike the articles in some xian comics.

  17. Pete H says:

    The church alleged the messages impinged on the right to religious freedom and were being made in an official capacity, given the name CllrJohnDixon.

    I still haven’t worked out how one post on Twitter – that none of us would have ever been aware of if the scientologists hadn’t made such a fuss – impinges on their right to religious freedom.

    Exactly how does his post affect their ability to practice their religion?

  18. Jen says:

    MediaWatchWatch
    http://www.mediawatchwatch.org.uk/2010/07/20/stupidscientology/

    “What’s all this about the self-evidently stupid practice of scientology? #stupidscientology”” -CllrJeremyRowe, Cornwall, via Twitter

    “Has anyone written a kickarse song about scientology? Maybe that’s next. I need me a lawsuit. :|” -TimMinchin, via Twitter

    Epic.

  19. Xopher says:

    I so want that T-shirt! Seriously, how is any religion any different.

  20. Susan says:

    How does calling a “religion” stupid infringe on religious freedom?

  21. Angela_K says:

    Religious nutters defending their ludicrous beliefs with threats – nothing changes. I’m suprised none of us this forum have been threatened by the scientologists’ lawyers.

  22. Bader says:

    I simply can’t see why people believe in a religion invented by Science Fiction writer…

    I think that anyone who becomes a scientologist should be sent to psychiatry ward

  23. Broga says:

    They would have to be a lot smarter than they are to be fairly described as stupid. They were being flattered.

  24. elainek123 says:

    I saw a film once about life in a lunatic asylum. Reminds me of today but asylums are now only in religious countries. They are not needed of course as the lunatics are now roaming the planet.

  25. Jen says:

    Professor Brian Cox twittered this beautiful piece from the Daily Mash. Lulz.

    COUNCILLOR SUSPENDED FOR BRANDING EARTH ‘ROUND’
    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2927&Itemid=81

  26. Stonyground says:

    I think that if I were in this guy’s position my defence would simply be a basic outline of Scientology beleifs including the part about just how expensive it is to learn about them in greater detail.

    The utter silliness of Scientology must surely make at least some followers of more venerable religions uncomfortable, although in my experience religious folk are actually ignorant about the sillier aspects of their own religion so perhaps not.

  27. Chris says:

    Scientology is just a money making corporation. Nothing more and nothing less. The people who are allow themselves to be sucked in are the stupid and weak-minded. The whole story is just a made up thing. Pretty much like the rest of religion. Hmmmmm Maybe Scientology is just the same as any other faith then. They just gob off more

  28. Bob Hughes says:

    “Councillor speaks sense, tells truth” shock horror! Sigh…

  29. L.Long says:

    The Co$ is smarter then the other religions.
    The others came into existence when people in general were fairly ignorant of the world and its operation.
    The Co$ was started by a SciFi author who convinced a bunch of whacked-out gov’mint arses that they were a legitimate religion and went on to be rich and powerful.
    Now who’s stupid…Co$, wacked-out arses, or the ignorant schites who put the wacked-out arses into office????
    Personally the really stupid people were the schite4brains gov’mint arses that allow special privileges for any religion.

    And Yes the Co$ is nothing more then a money making cooperation.
    JUST like any other BS religion. I hope Co$ keeps on fighting back and getting weirder. Cuz it may just lead to all religions loosing their privilege.

  30. Cllr John Dixon’s Tweet has done wonders for bringing this (un)funny cult into the public eye – well done, John, I support you.

    People can’t quite get their heads around Scientology.

    I’ve been blogging and campaigning against a threesome of high-ranking Scientologists who are using their hotel in Cornwall to recruit guests, staff and locals into this cult. What they’re doing is almost unbelievable – and as soon as you delve into it, it pretty quickly becomes deeply worrying.

    If you want to learn more about these people, this hotel, their victims and the Scientology agenda they are pursuing (at the expense of their business and the well-being of everyone they exploit), please start here:

    http://googlejohnmappin.wordpress.com

    If what you find out disturbs you, please join the ranks of Anonymous – the only force making an impression in the fight against this wicked cult

    Thank you