February 22, 2005

This Is Major Tom to Ground Control...

I'm stepping through the door, and I'm floating in a most peculiar way...

In the upcoming Steven Spielberg remake of War of the Worlds, one family fights for survival when Earth is invaded by Martian war machines. But on the set of the movie, there’s been an invasion of another sort: Scientologists! Tom Cruise, the film’s star and the religion’s most well-known adherent, has set up a Scientology tent with a volunteer minister. “It’s a gift from Tom to the crew,” says Lee Anne De Vette, Cruise’s sister and spokeswoman. “You can receive what’s called an assist there,” a Scientologist practice that, as she describes it, seems to be a glorified mini-massage. “If someone has an injury in a certain part of their body, if their back is killing them, they can come in and get an assist. It’s something that helps the body get in better communication with itself.” Actual Scientology literature is available, too, in case “someone walks in looking for a solution.”

Posted by Charles Austin at February 22, 2005 07:41 PM

Eh. A gift.

Posted by: Tanya at 02:04 PM

And to think syphilis has been termed a "gift".

Posted by: Robin Roberts at 12:58 PM