Scientology and 'aliens': What did L. Ron Hubbard actually say about space invaders? - 2016-12-12
Leah Remini's A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, has kicked up a lot of new interest in Scientology, particularly on social media. So we're seeing a lot of great questions about the subject popping up on places like Twitter. (And we've tried to answer some of them at our feed, @TonyOrtega94.)
Naturally, people new to the subject tend to express amazement about some of Scientology's more bizarre space opera tenets. And a few Scientologists do their best to tamp down that interest. In particular, some church members are touchy about the subject of outer space "aliens" in the cosmology of Scientology.
Two years ago, actor Giovanni Ribisi, during an appearance on Marc Maron's podcast, said, "I have never ever heard of aliens in Scientology, and I've been a Scientologist all my life." When Maron then asked him if, in fact, the idea of "thetans" in Scientology was the church's version of space aliens, Ribisi objected...