After the HBO movie Going Clear made its debut, John Travolta stepped up to defend the Church. He said, “I’ve been so happy with my experience in the last forty years that I don’t have anything to say that would shed light on [a film] so decidedly negative.”
With regard to himself and Tom Cruise’s support of the controversial religion, he says it’s because they have had such positive experiences. He revealed, “It wouldn’t make sense, nor would it for Tom, I imagine.”
At the time, he said, “I’ve helped so many people through hard times. Loss of children, loved ones, physical illnesses. Through many tough, tough life situations I’ve used the technology to support them and help them. It’s always worked. So, why would I even approach a negative perspective? That would be a crime to me, personally, to do that.”
He said that there is a reason why the religion is on the receiving end of so much scrutiny. He said, “Mostly because it’s not understood. You know, people really need to take time and read a book…That’s my advice. You could read ‘New Slant On Life’ or ‘Dianetics’ and I think if you really read it, you’ll understand it. But unless you do, you’ll speculate, and I think it’s a mistake to do that.”
He said, “You know, forty years for me I’ve been part, and I’ve loved every minute of it. My family’s done so well with it, and it’s a beautiful thing for me – and I’ve saved lives with it and saved my own life several times.”
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