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If you judge a man by his works, particularly his more recent works, John Sweeney is not a very nice man. The problem is, of course, that the video exposing the less fluffy side of his personality has been put out by Scientologists. So, any glee at Sweeney’s embarrassment has to be tempered by the fact that Bad People are behind it
Bollocks does it
The enemy of my enemy is not my friend and I am neither with them or against them
Bollocks to all lunatics and their false dichotomies.
Choosing neither is always an option.
So, in the same way that rejecting Bush and Blair’s take on the world doesn’t make me a supporter of terrorism, I can sit back and enjoy Sweeney making a complete knob of himself completely untroubled by the fact that another bunch of knobs are recording it.
Actually, that adds to the pleasure. The rules of the media game have changed in recent years. Supposed ‘investigative' reporters working on shallow hit pieces ('Scientologists are weird' - no shit Sherlock!) are now faced with the very real possibility that their quarry might be returning the favour at the same time. The hunter has become the hunted. An altogether much more entertaining and genuinely sporting option.
Think how much more fun fox hunting would be if the foxes were carrying bazookas.
Or if a wealthy 'cult' launched a counter-strike on the entire profession of psychiatry.
Stuff like that
As the makers of South Park famously said after their recent bruising at the hands of Scientologists…
"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun!"
Another point that might be worth bearing in mind is that, without making any excuses for Scientology, the movement is perceived as an easy mark by journalists because it has been designated as a cult. And through the act of trashing cults those journalists are implicitly endorsing the prevailing and dominant social paradigms. There's no mileage, or money, in covering alternative belief systems in a positive way.
The likes of Sweeney are never going to ask questions like 'What has this group got right?', 'Why are people drawn to it?', 'How does mainstream society stack-up in comparison?'.
Nope, 'cult' members are all a bunch of brain-washed nutters. There's nothing else to learn here. End of story. Sleep easy in your beds boys and girls.
We all know that cults are bad because they enrich themselves at the expense of misguided souls who think that they will be happier if they embrace the cult’s distorted worldview and become economic and mental slaves to that worldview.
Of course, John Sweeney’s employer, the BBC, definitely isn’t an integral part of a (slightly larger) system that operates in exactly the same way. No sirree Jimbob. It’s certainly not the same. Not least because most Scientologists at least seem to be happy with their choice. And without medication too. The poor dumb brainwashed bastards.