Scientology: 5 Celebrity Believers You Didn’t Know About

    July 9, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Scientology has garnered a lot of attention lately, what with the high-profile personal lives of members Tom Cruise and John Travolta on perpetual display. While we’ve all heard a lot about it, most people don’t really know what exactly it is, or who else in the celebrity community might be involved.

The practice of Scientology was created by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950’s and has gained a huge, loyal following despite the fact that a member must pay exorbitant amounts of money in order to receive certain teachings, which could be why the group attracts such a large celebrity following. The practice has very strict rules about many ways of life, including the way a woman gives birth and how a person seeks treatment for psychological and physical disorders (psychiatrists are deeply frowned upon). As far as any theological beliefs, the group maintains that human souls are reincarnated and have lived on planets other than Earth, in other times.

Scientology has gained quite a strange reputation over the years for being a “cult” and for taking monetary advantage of its members. A particular episode of “South Park” in which Chef leaves the school to follow his calling to the religion came about because the actor who voiced the character, Isaac Hayes, actually did choose to leave the show after becoming involved in Scientology. Hayes wasn’t spared the sharp wits or tongues of Matt Stone and Trey Parker and eventually saw Chef’s demise on the show.

There’s actually quite a long list of celebrities who follow Scientology beliefs, some of which may surprise you. Have a look at a few of them below.

Nancy Cartwright, a.k.a. Bart Simpson

Jason Lee, “My Name Is Earl”

Danny Masterson, “That 70’s Show”

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Beck, musician (“Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”)

  • Prestina

    Freedom of religion people. It’s a right we have as Americans.If you don’t like what they preach then concentrate on what your religion preaches and stop hating on others whom you don’t agree with.

    • mj davison

      So making a priority of eradicating psychology and implementing Scientology beliefs in the government isn’t concerning to you? Sounds like they are trying to do more than just practice their “religion”.

      • http://yahoo Jennie

        I agree with this. When government and children are involved thats a different story. They are comtroling the US.

  • Jack Boch

    So, will this be a series you will running? Do we get to find out which celebs are Jews? Christians? Atheists?

    Or will you realize it’s pretty much none of your f’ing business and do some real work?

  • Tim In Indy

    To Jack and Prestina it is my freaking business because there have been allegations of abuse by the SCIENTOLOGY CULT!! Yes that’s right a freaking cult. Scientology has been accused of defrauding and abusing it’s members. In 1993 Scientology was granted full exemption from the IRS for being recognized as a religion. Scientology has used this exemption as proof it is a religion. If Scientology is a cult instead of a religion then I’d argue scientology by defrauding the IRS has been defrauding tax payers in this country.

    • jella

      Tim in Indy is right, it’s my business too, these heads of Scientology brainwash their less glamorous followers, use them for free labor, have their own prison (The Hole)if they do no comply; we have a right to know which people out their are funding their carnage.

  • karyn

    Wow…..”A” listers!

  • confused

    Just life every other crack pot cult, terrorist nut job in the world they will soon be taking down….And the list of celebs in the cult…dont look to bright if you know what i mean

  • http://Yahoo Smoke

    Scientology plus Procreation equals Proctology !

  • Nancy Burba

    This clearly is about an author (L Ron Hubbard) who is a Science Fiction writer who made his book Dienetics a “religion”? So, does that mean that “Alice in Wonderland” also is a religion? Hey, I have a pet rock, let’s make that a “religion” too. A cult is any organization that separates a person from their family and friends so that they remain totally loyal to the cult and have no outside influence on their thinking…sound familiar? Remember in South Africa a man named Jim Jones who talked people into suicide…sound familiar? Traditional religion have their laws and rules of conduct that not everyone agrees with but they do have their freedom to debate the doctrines without reprocussion (auditing the thoughts right out of their heads until they come back into the fold and follow like good puppies). Scientology believes we are all gods. Either you believe in one God and the prophets or not. Your choice and you will have to live with the consequences of those convictions. Go R2D2 you are on a roll now!

    • http://google michelle potter

      i do not understand how seemly intelligant adults can consider something created by a sci-fi writer a religion it totally does not make sense we have such a loving Lord who does not create secrets that loves us unconditionally

  • Gene in FL

    More cult followers!