Death by Scientology?

Anon For Great Justice writes “What Scientology will probably do about the tragic death of Jett Travolta“:

We have as yet no firm information on Jett’s medical condition. John Travolta and Kelly Preston have only publicly spoken of their son’s having had Kawasaki Syndrome, an unlikely source of seizures, for which they treated him with Scientology’s vitamin, sauna, and running therapy known as the Purification Rundown. There has also been considerable speculation on whether Jett was autistic or had Asperberger’s Syndrome. While a confirmed diagnosis has not been made public, reports of Jett’s behavior make such a diagnosis more likely than not. At the very least, he suffered some sort of neurological impairment that contributed to his fatal seizure.

The death of a child, for whatever reason, is a pain that for most families lasts a life time. No other human loss is as devastating. What makes this loss even more tragic is that it may well have been preventable. His death is inextricably embedded in the beliefs, practices, and even more, importantly, the organizational practices of the Church of Scientology and it’s use of “deployable celebrity agents” as sociologist Roy Wallis calls them.

So, we don’t have enough information to really know what happened with Jett Travolta yet. But, it’s fair to say that the inanity of Scientology has claimed at least a few other lives. From Andrew Sullivan:

We rightly understand sexual abuse to be horrifying and a legitimate reason to intervene. But withholding vital medication from a child out of religious or ideological reasons strikes me as no less abuse. I’m reminded of this acutely by the case of Christine Maggiore, a woman I met and interacted with as another person with HIV. Christine adamantly denied that HIV was related to AIDS and refused anti-HIV medication on those grounds. She died last week. Of AIDS. That was her choice, it seems to me, however tragic it is.

What was also her choice, however, was to refuse anti-HIV meds when pregnant and then to refuse HIV meds for her daughter when she was born. Eliza Jane lived three years before succumbing to HIV-related pneumonia.

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One Response to Death by Scientology?

  1. Jay Ballou says:

    To be perfectly frank, when I read here that Christine Maggiore has died, I was glad. It’s not that I had ever wished her to die; this was not a conscious judgment, but rather an involuntary, unbidden response to reading the text. When I try to think of why I reacted this way, I realize that it’s because Ms. Maggiore spread a great deal of misinformation and caused the deaths of many people, not just herself and her daughter. And she did not do this innocently or unwittingly, but rather as a consequence of immense arrogance and intellectual dishonesty, lobbing numerous false accusations against others, disregarding facts that didn’t fit her preconceptions, and granting to herself an authority that was not warranted by her education, her capabilities, or her efforts. To all: the scientific community is not engaged in a huge conspiracy. Whether it is AIDS, climate change, or evolution, you ignore the findings of the scientific community at your great peril.

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