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I don’t know why you continue to posts links about Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman was a class VIII auditor and Executive Director of the Birmingham Org. He was case Supervisor at the Guardian Office. He’s listed as completing three Scientology courses in 1988 and his family members are heavy-weight Scientologists; father David Gaiman was head of the Guardian Office and is active in Russia.

By promoting his work you are promoting The Church of Scientology.

I don’t really make it a habit of researching the religions or philosophies of family members of authors whose work I enjoy so I really don’t know, nor do I care anything about Neil Gaiman’s father. (I’m not even going to bother googling it)

As to Neil Gaiman, I don’t really care if he’s an atheist, Jew for Jesus or the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard himself (which would mean that L. Ron would actually have learned to write well sometime after his death). I have read and enjoyed a lot of his work and continue to read his blog and twitter feed which to my knowledge are completely Xenu-free. So unless Gaiman jumps on Oprah’s couch or starts lecturing Matt Lauer on the dangers of psychiatric medication, I’ll continue to read him online and off.

14 Comments

  1. You’re glib Chris.

    By the way, what’s a heavyweight Scientologist? “And in this corner, weighing in at 190lbs…he pilots his own plane and has a dog named Placebo…Lou “The Surrealist” Mason!”

  2. Gaimen was raised in the “church”, but I don’t think he’s a Scientologist anymore. It’s not exactly hard to become an auditor, fyi, and COS makes a habit of quickly promoting VIPs.

    I’m not sure exactly what this guy is worried about. Does he boycot Elvis songs too? How about Interview with the Vampire? Does he walk out of high-school productions of Greese?

    If s/he wants to be a good anon, s/he should be focused on revealing the truth about the COS itself, not bashing the members.

  3. I don’t know why you continue to post pictures of food.

    You’re office is surrounded by class VIII food offerings and is the envy of heavy-weights everywhere, especially those who work in-active jobs in Canada.

    By promoting lunch pictures you are promoting The Church of Makingmeveryhungryology.

  4. While I don’t care if he is a Scientologist (just like I don’t care if Card is Mormon) except if it interferes with his work, it seems odd, so I checked THE WIKI. Apparently his father was indeed pretty into it, but not so much him.

    But more importantly, apparently as of June he was dating Amanda Palmer (aux Dresden Dolls), another of my favorite artists, although in this case music instead of literary. This is a seriously huge WTF moment for me.

  5. @4 – Does it make any difference to you if Card has actively promoted Christianist dogma in the public sphere? For that reason, I have no intention of reading his books.

  6. I don’t know why you keep posting on the internets.

    Pedophiles use the internets to share kiddie porn on 4chan.

    By promoting the internets you are promoting 4chan pedophilia.

  7. It is interesting though, I never really listened to Beck in the same way after I found out he was a Scientologist. One Foot in the Grave is still a great album though.

  8. In both “Good Omens” and the “Sandman” series Gaiman had ample opportunity to inject Scientology dogma and, to my reading, didn’t. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Scientologists (and I’ve come into contact with far more than I would have liked) is that they cannot NOT proselytize if given an opening.

  9. @TDavis, that reminds me of the vampires in Buffy (the movie) who can’t come in unless you invite them.

    I am not saying all Scientologists are vampires. They just play them on TV. I am saying all Scientologists are in the entertainment industry.

  10. Chris–I hear you, same damn thing happened to me. Sea Change was one of my favorite albums, but almost overnight I just couldn’t enjoy it.

    I understand the desire to separate one’s work from the author and try to enjoy a work regardless of how crazy the author is. But you know…I think it’s a little optimistic. To enjoy another person’s work at a deep aesthetic level, you have to necessarily trust them with a deeply intimate part of your mind. I couldn’t trust a scientologist to that part of my mind.

    And the main reason is not because Scientologists in theory believe wacked out crazy shit. Most religious people in theory believe something like that. But most (not all) don’t really believe it beyond superficial platitudes. They self-identify, because of what their parents believed, and that’s as far as they think about it. They say “God” but it’s really just a placeholder for wonderment and awe–they think they’re talking about “God,” but in reality really they can’t help but talk about their common life and human experiences.

    Not so with scientology. Scientology requires zealous compliance and belief of *all* its members. It requires that you essentially be put under psychological stress, tell them your darkest secrets, consent to being monitored, and cut off from your family. It requires you to *commit* at a very deep level to the insanity. Looking at the internal practices, they’re comparatively like a group of just the most radicalized members of any other religion. That’s much of why many call them a cult and don’t feel hypocritical not calling Christianity or Islam a cult.

    Now, you may decide that that all doesn’t matter, the art is the art, the author is the author. But I instinctively can’t trust an intimate part of myself to someone who deeply believes something I think is insane. That’s at least why I think Beck sounds hollow and distant to me now.

  11. COS is a cult, not good. But I loath them because Hubbard was a fourth rate science fiction writer. Battlefield Earth was the worst vomit of a movie I’ve ever seen.

    If Hubbard wrote like Neil, I would be more amused by the success of Scientology. I’ve often said it would be fun to start a cult. I’d be playful and benevolent, of course, not murderous or cruel.

    Alas, if Hubbard could write, Scientology would never have happened.

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