Once upon a time, an alien civilization created psychology and psychotropic medicines to enslave humanity and oppress them. Anyone who believes that people genuinely have mental disorders and psychological problems are completely out of their element.
That is, of course, according to Tom Cruise who referred to Matt Lauer as "glib" when the reporter proposed the insane idea that people actually suffer from psychological disorders. I know it seems like a bit of a stretch for anyone to believe this, but people do. It's precisely because of this that the Church of Scientology is one of the most dangerous scams/cults out there these days.
Take the case of Jeremy Perkins, a 28-year-old schizophrenic who stabbed his mother Elli 77 times and let her bleed to death in her bedroom on March 13, 2003. Now people stab others all the time, but this case was different in that it could have easily been avoided.
No, I'm not saying knives kill people and that we need to crack down on knife control. I'm saying that Scientology was partly responsible for Elli's death.
Jeremy Perkins was sent out to join Sea Org, the Scientologist paramilitary group, in Los Angeles back in 2000 but was promptly sent back home due to his mental instability. He started developing signs of paranoid schizophrenia and was not permitted to take any more Scientology courses because of his mental state.
Oddly enough, everyone around him recognized his mental problems but since it was the fault of some wicked aliens in ages past he was not even allowed to seek outside counsel. After all, psychiatry is a tool of enslavement created by the evil lord Xenu (I'm not making this stuff up, L. Ron Hubbard did).
He was arrested in 2002 for trespassing on the University of Buffalo campus, later telling police he was merely obeying commands from voices that told him to find the Roman goddess Diana on the school's premises. His mother, an ardent Scientologist and auditor (counselor) for the church thought that vitamins would cure the poor man.
The decision to not seek professional help and give Jeremy vitamins was in accordance with Scientologist doctrine and also proved to be a fatal mistake for Elli Perkins. The church's asinine stance on psychology and psychotropic medicine is not only archaic, but dangerous.
People with mental disorders are a reality, no matter how much Jenna Elfman, John Travolta or the militant Cruise would protest. The refusal to let outside counsel in on the case of Jeremy Perkins was tragic and highlights the need for Scientology to pull its collective head out of the sand.
The fact that this tragedy took place is bad and what's even worse is that the church tried to cover up its involvement after Elli's death. Thanks to the investigative reporting of Mark Sommer in 2005, the case was blown wide open and now the picture becomes clear of how Scientology was involved.
Had Jeremy Perkins gotten the care he needed, his mom Elli would probably still be alive to believe whatever scam she desired.
Let's not mistake it for anything other than a scam either, consider the prices for admission. Take a look at the average incomes of the church's patrons over the past 20 years; it's always been well over a million dollars a year. The cult is for the rich and even has a specific "celebrity hunting" directive that was put into effect in the '50s when Hubbard first started to dupe people.
Think about Katie Holmes the next time you consider sleeping with a Scientologist, too. With all the protection Cruise gives her and the tutors who whisper in her ear, one can't help but wonder if it's the Antichrist brewing inside Holmes' belly. So next time you see Tom Cruise swinging from the stage lights of his latest appearance on Oprah or telling off reporters, just remember that you're probably glib.
Tyler Wittman is a senior speech communication major. His column runs every Tuesday in the Collegian.