Yes, you read that right. From Scientology Media Productions in Hollywood, California, the Scientology Network goes live tonight across the country on services like DirecTV, Apple TV, Google Play, and more. Evidently, the network will stream content 24/7 and include programming with titles like “Meet a Scientologist,” “Voices for Humanity,” and a show profiling Scientology’s founder, “L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice.” …Riveting. (Perhaps not coincidentally, tomorrow marks L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday.)

As USA Today puts it, “After years of being skewered by programs like Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the controversial church with a celebrity following is taking to TV to tell its own truth.”

“It’s own truth” (versus the truth) sounds about right. “It’s TIME for us to tell OUR story,” reads the official announcement. According to The Guardian, the studio bought a $50m media complex in 2016 on Sunset Boulevard to reach “virtually every person on earth,” in the words of David Miscavige, the organization’s leader. “We’re now going to be writing our story like no other religion in history,” he claimed at the time. “And it’s all going to happen right here, from Scientology Media Productions.”

Here’s more from USA Today on the network’s promotional video:

“The only thing more interesting than what you’ve heard is what you haven’t,” the promo promises. The ad also features an e-meter, described as “the cutting edge of spiritual technology.” According to Scientology’s website, the electronic instrument is used by auditors in sessions with members to check they are addressing “the correct area in order to discharge the harmful energy connected with that portion of the preclear’s reactive mind.”

Right. Oh, and it’s still unclear how the network plans to use celebrity members Tom Cruise, John Travolta, or Elisabeth Moss.


For further reading on Scientology vs the Gospel, check out “5 Things Christians Should Know About Scientology” from a former member and “One Professor’s Journey from Scientology to Christ.”

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