WASHINGTON, April 5, 2013―Most people probably associate Scientology with actors like Kirstie Alley and John Travolta, and give it little thought beyond that. Fans of science fiction may even remember Scientology’s creator, L. Ron Hubbard, as a prolific writer with a wonderful sense of satire.
But for anyone who tries to leave, or even speak out against the Church of Scientology, the story is a lot more complex. Equally disturbing is a report tonight at 10 p.m. on “Rock Center With Brian Williams.” There are allegations that the Church of Scientology’s “Narconon” drug addiction treatment centers are more about making money and recruiting new members than overcoming any dependency.
A person can lose days on the Internet trying to get to the bottom of Scientology without every uncovering definitive answers. Cutting through the layers of fiction to get any facts about Hubbard comes up with little but a nearly impenetrable fog. Even in interviews with Hubbard, the results of the conversations are often unclear. He talks in circles like a used car salesman who avoids any question that might be detrimental to his sales pitch.
If one asks Scientologist Tom Cruise, he’ll likely say that Hubbard was an enlightened soul with a valuable message for mankind. Ask ex-members of the Church of Scientology and they will tell you the organization is nothing more than a cult with little or no tolerance for anyone who isn’t a member.
Whether Hubbard was a visionary or a scheming con man looking to capitalize on the weakness of people at vulnerable moments in their lives is something each individual must decide on his or her own.
However, one of Hubbard’s quotes keeps resurfacing, and it may shed more light on his real intent than anything else. At a meeting of the Eastern Science Fiction Association in November 1948, Hubbard responded to a question on his writing career by quipping, “You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.”
Since this was Hubbard’s mindset before he created the Church of Scientology, it is definitely food for thought today. If you want to explore more, check out “Rock Center” tonight at 10.
All times are EDT:
ABC: Happy Endings: (New) Max gets gossip about Alex and Jane from their hairdresser; Dave and Penny try to figure out who stole the Steak Me Home truck.
CBS: Undercover Boss: (New) Andy Wiederhorn, CEO of Fatburger, a “fast casual” restaurant famous for their made-to-order burgers, takes drastic measures when he learns that employees at one franchise location are facing payroll issues and working with broken equipment
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares: (Repeat) Chef Ramsay visits Sabatiello’s, an Italian restaurant in Stamford, Conn., with a hot-tempered owner and poor customer service. After his staff turns against him and Ramsay offers criticism, the owner gets so angry he shuts the place down himself.
NBC: Fashion Star: (New) The designers must work with a design partner to create a cohesive collection.
CW: Nikita: (New) Nikita and Michael learn of a new prosthetic hand that could have Michael back to his old self, but it comes at a steep price. Meanwhile, Alex and Sean are tasked with investigating who, inside Division, is behind a mutiny that ends in bloodshed.
ABC: Happy Endings: (New) Penny reaches out to her estranged father; when Brad and Max help sabotage a rival food truck, Max falls for the enemy’s son.
ABC: Shark Tank: (New) Gourmet meat business; a cooler with interior LED lighting; full-body spandex suit; an advance filter water bottle; follow up on a play and party space for kids from season four.
CBS: Vegas: (New) Sheriff Lamb and FBI Agent Byrne butt heads when Byrne prevents Lamb from pressing charges against a pimp in order to get info on Savino instead. Also, Dixon falls hard for Hollywood starlet Viola (Anna Camp), and Tommy and Dixon discover that Yvonne has a chance at becoming a professional singer.
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NBC: Grimm: (New) Rosalee is called to jury duty and takes on a lawyer with unusual
CW: Cult: (New) E.J. (guest star Stacy Farber, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) slips Jeff a copy of Sakelik’s (guest star Aisha Hinds, “Weeds”) police personnel file which reveals that Sakelik was taken into custody by Child Protective Services 25 years ago after being found with other abandoned children at a house in Arrowhead.
ABC: 20/20: (New) A durable newsmagazine mixing investigative pieces with human-interest and celebrity features that’s ABC’s oldest prime-time series. No episode description available.
CBS: Blue Bloods: (New) Danny investigates a murder in a cemetery and discovers that the victim was a religious woman who was hiding her interfaith romance from her family.
NBC: Rock Center With Brian Williams: (New) In the wake of a Rock Center with Brian Williams report on three deaths at a Scientology-linked drug treatment center in Oklahoma, the former president of the facility, and a former executive at a Narconon facility in Michigan have come forward to expose what they call deceitful marketing techniques and under qualified staff.
New episodes of:
Four Weddings: Revealed at 8 p.m. on TLC
Yukon Men: Revealed at 8 p.m. on DSC
Yukon Men at 9 p.m. on DSC
Flea Market Flip at 9 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
XXX: State of the Union on ENC
The Big Lebowski on FLIX
The Green Hornet on FLIX
The Change-Up on HBO
The Cable Guy on FLIX
The Expendables on SPIKE
Mildred Pierce on TCM
Clash of the Titans on TNT
30 Days in May on SHO
Due Date on SUND
Drive Angry on TMC
Rambo III at 9:15 p.m. on CINEMAX
Always at 10 p.m. on FLIX
The Hangover Part II at 10 p.m. on HBO
Cowboys & Aliens at 10 p.m. on HBO
Stella Dallas at 10 p.m. on TCM