Jun 292016

Sitcom and motor oil commercial cutie-pie Leah Remini is working on a series exploring some of Scientology’s less pleasant aspects (particularly its effects on families).

You may recall that Remini was in the news a little while back when she wondered rather vocally what had become of Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige. Shelly Miscavige has not been seen in public since 2007.

I’ve written about Scientology on BoWilliams.com occasionally (here and here). You don’t have to look very deeply into it to conclude that it’s quite bizarre. The established narrative includes extraterrestrials, a universe far older than any respected theory accounts for, and so forth. It’s basically what you’d think a religion thunk up by a science fiction author would be like. Hmmm.

Remini is to be encouraged in her efforts to shine bright light into the dark corners of Scientology. The Church of Scientology isn’t that big, but it’s well-financed and extremely aggressive with rhetoric, litigation, and actions against its members and detractors. (Go read about Gold Base sometime. Ask yourself if it sounds like the United States.)

 Posted by at 10:16 am
Jun 172016

I’m not in the habit of discussing the “Westboro Baptist Church.” However, a great many people are, and we need to get more accuracy on their Google footprint.

So here I am with that. BoWilliams.com is about service to others.

First of all, Westboro Baptist Church is not a Baptist church. “Baptist Church” is part of their name because that is what they have named themselves. No recognized or sanctioned Baptist organization, large or small, claims Westboro. It is exactly as if I said I had conquered the universe because I started calling myself “Bo Williams, Conqueror of the Universe.”

Westboro has fewer than 40 members, nearly all of them related to each other. Most of them are descended from Fred Phelps, Westboro’s founder.

Westboro gets press very far out of proportion to its size. This is partially because they are crafty marketers, but mostly because they are regularly trotted out as some sort of counterpoint to radical Islam. “See,” some bloviating nitwit will sniff, “Christianity has its own problems.”

Eh, no. Westboro is not a problem of Christianity whatsoever. It’s three dozen or so hateful people with a really small gene pool in a Topeka neighborhood, receiving regular injections of currency from those with anti-Christian agendas.

 Posted by at 12:40 pm
Jun 142016

I don’t generally repeat myself verbatim on BoWilliams.com, but I’m going back to this documentary that I first posted about in December, shortly after the San Bernadino attacks. Many people believe that radical Islam and Islam are two separate things; that the former has nothing to do with the legitimate religion, and that anyone who […]

 Posted by at 1:45 pm

BoWilliams.com is using WP-Gravatar