Monday, December 19, 2005

A Billion Year Contract?

This white-hot LA Times piece on Tom Cruise and Scientology is filled with awesome details. For instance:
Maureen Bolstad, who was at the base for 17 years and left after a falling-out with the church, recalled a rainy night 15 years ago when a couple of dozen Scientologists scrambled to deal with "an all-hands situation" that kept them working through dawn. The emergency, she said: planting a meadow of wildflowers for Cruise to romp through with his new love, Kidman.

"We were told that we needed to plant a field and that it was to help Tom impress Nicole," said Bolstad, who said she spent the night pulling up sod so the ground could be seeded in the morning.

Then there's this strange phrase:
For years, the property has been home to Golden Era Productions, where Scientologists work around the clock producing videos, audio recordings and e-meters, to be sold to church members. Rinder said nearly all of the members at Golden Era have signed billion-year contracts to serve the church.

A billion year contract? They'll still be working for the Church long after Xenu has devolved into an inferior warrior/spirit life-form.


Anonymous said...

Not only do scientologists cheat on taxes, but apparently they even feel free to violate the rule against perpetuities.

Its too bad their against shrinks as it seems that profession could make a killing with these folks.


Anonymous said...

Why are you guys picking on Tom? Is it because he's a lesbian?

Anonymous said...

a billion- year contract?
So, after spending your life making meadows for Tom Cruise, when you die they sue you for breach of contract?
...that's just cold.