Archive for June 16, 2009

Although Hollywood darlings like Tom Cruise and John Travolta have much clout, money and enough nuts in their shop to make a mechanic envious, it seems they can’t shove Wikipedia around.

According to the Los Angeles Times, although Wikipedia is edited by John Q. Public, they have clamped down the “bridge to total freedom” to the purveyors of public knowledge known as the Church of Scientology.

Look! It's "Attack of the Beautiful People"

Look! It's "Attack of the Beautiful People"

It seems the gaggle of Thetans who while on course to take over the planet and find their alien God wants to edit the Internet Encyclopedia to have a “pro-Scientology” stance. You know, as if there wasn’t enough persuasive mudslinging out there on the Web.

So, come on… let’s put a hand over our hearts and bring up the Constitution. In 3…2…1…

The decision made last week has generated an outcry among some bloggers who worry that Wikipedia, the eighth-most-popular site on the Web, is stifling free speech. But the process is routine. Wikipedia may pride itself as a beacon of online egalitarianism, but it bans hundreds of users each day.

Put to be fair, it seems the acclaimed Web site has been giving the Wiki-Heisman to many more groups of social consciousness, like uh, politicians.

In 2006, Wikipedia temporarily blocked certain Capitol Hill Web addresses when it was revealed that congressional aides had been deleting references to unmet campaign promises. This year, bloggers alleged that the site blocked computers at the Justice Department for removing references to certain terrorist groups.

Just spreading around the love, I suppose, but the Church of Scientology have not been following its own “way to happiness” through stress tests because this cyber shut down has irked them quite a bit as they have been at this for quite a while, thanks to

The case, which began in December, centers on more than 400 articles about the ultra-secretive Church and its members. Those pages have hosted long-running, fierce edit wars that pitted organized Church of Scientology editors — using multiple accounts — against critics of Scientology who fought those changes by citing their own or one another’s self-published material. In fact, this is the fourth Wikipedia arbitration case concerning Scientology in as many years.

So, while the loonser, religious aficiandos at Dianetics, Inc. are busy trooling the Net for some fish to catch, they are also exercising their muscles to get people fired, specifically entertainment journalist on, Roger Friedman.

Last August, Friedman went to Memphis for the funeral of his friend and R&B legend Isaac Hayes, who was a Scientologist. Preston was also in town for the funeral. Friedman tells us [NY Daily News] that when Preston saw him at the Peabody Hotel, Mrs. John Travolta loudly blasted him for his columns criticizing Scientology. “She called me a ‘religious bigot,’  ” Friedman recalls.

Tom Cruise and ScientologyAccording to “Mrs. Travolta” (nice), Friedman has been on a campaign the recent string of flops created by Mr. “Jerry Maguire” (note lovely demotivational poster). And, according to Friedman, Rupert Murdoch canned him under false pretenses. Naturally, Preston says he’s more than a bigot, but a liar too.

That’s nice. Looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner in the Hollywood Hills… at least those who can afford the cover charge.

Now, for a dose of rich irony for all the L. Ron Hullabaloos: Did you know in1901, Allen Upward coined “Scientology” “as a disparaging term to indicate a blind, unthinking acceptance of scientific doctrine” according to the Internet Sacred Text Archive as quoted in the preface to Forgotten Books’ recent edition of Upward’s book, The New Word: On the meaning of the word Idealist.

What’s the source? Wikipedia. Keep it classy, beautiful people.