Read an article today that left my jaw hanging open. Seems Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cruise are getting into the fashion business. And they’re not designing cute outfits for kids, or stuff for the savvy celebrity; no, they are designing uniforms for the Church of Scientology. Again – uniforms for the Church of Scientology.
Okay – first of all Scientology isn’t a religion; it’s a cult started by a science fiction writer who then promptly disappeared from sight. Oh wait – let me quote to you from their website the definition of the Church of Scientology:
“Scientology is a religion in its highest meaning as it helps bring man to total freedom and truth. The essential tenets of Scientology are: You are an immortal spiritual being. Your capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized. Furthermore, man is basically good. He is seeking to survive. And his survival depends upon himself and his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.” That comes right from their website. So then I looked up the word “religion” on dictionary.com and I got this:
“a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.” The key words here are “when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies”; ergo, Scientology is not a religion. I rest my case. No hate mail – my blog, totally my own personal opinion here.
Anyway, enough preaching – back to the fashion nonsense — I can understand clerical clothing — look at Catholicism and priestly robes –priestly garments go all the way back to the Old Testament – so I don’t have a problem with that. But what Tom and the Mrs. are designing are, and I quote:
“The scarlet-lined black capes with skirt and trouser suits are almost identical to the sort of clothes favored by Tom and Katie, if a little more vampire-themed.”
Now that’s just plain creepy. Why would you need to wear a cape anyway – do they think they’re superheros? I’m just so amazed at what people are doing these days and calling it religion or a “church”, I can’t find the words to describe it. I dunno, I’m thinkin’ these people are just one step away from the Jim Jones Kool-Aid…go HERE for the original article – I couldn’t possibly have made this stuff up if I tried.