Sunday, June 11, 2006

Snarky Sermon on the Blog: Scientology Goes NASCAR

Get ready to rumble
... not!

From ABC News:

Scientology Goes NASCAR
With Dianetics Race Car

June 6, 2006 — The Church of Scientology is gearing up to bring its message to a whole new arena: racing fans.

"Ignite Your Potential" is the mantra Scientology uses to get Tom Cruise and other Hollywood celebs jumping up and down. Now that message will be used to fuel the engines of a new NASCAR race team.

The venture is called "The Dianetics Racing Team," named after the best-selling self-help book written by the movement's founder, science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. --snip--

NASCAR is the most popular spectator sport in the country, with 75 million fans. Most people know the church through its famous members like Tom Cruise, his fiancee Katie Holmes, Kirstie Alley, John Travolta, and Kelly Preston.

Followers of Scientology tout its ability to improve their lives, but the organization has drawn considerable criticism over the years. Recently, Cruise made headlines for controversial comments opposing the use of psychiatric drugs, and for following Scientology's practice of "silent birth" with Holmes.
One has to wonder...

Has the Church of Scientology conducted extensive marketing research and found that NASCAR fans are potential converts to space ship-based religions?


Thus Endeth Today's Sermon.

Go forth today and be aware of religious marketing campaigns directed at your hobby interests.

I don't care what you believe in. I don't even care what you don't believe in. That's your business.

But you have a right to know whether or not someone is targeting you for conversion and financial support.

I mean it, damn it!

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19--


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