The secular left has been worried for some time about theocracy-not from militant Muslims, who actually practice it, but from Christians, who still have the temerity to think they have a right to participate in the public square. Turns out the left should worry about another theocratic religion: Scientology.
Prominent Scientologist Tom Cruise apparently had a March 15 rerun of the South Park cable series poking fun at the sci-fi religion of the late L. Ron Hubbard pulled from the air. Cruise threatened to not promote a big-budget movie he’s starring in this summer, Mission: Impossible 3, if the offending program went on the air again. (Well, there’s one movie I won’t have to waste time on.)
South Park is a raunchy, equal-opportunity offender, with a Jesus character hosting a public access program nobody watches. Yet it is Cruise, a Hollywood liberal, not “theocrat” Jerry Falwell, who shuts down free expression when his own beliefs come under scrutiny.
Tom, meet Osama.