I totally forgot that Erika Christensen was a lifelong Scientologist! I wish I hadn’t remembered, either, because I think Scientologists are completely LOONEY and now I like her a little less. So sue me. Scientology just creeps me right out – and I’m not sure how anyone defends such a crazy belief system. I have a love/hate relationship with her character on ‘Parenthood’. Half the time I want to slap her, but the other half I really like her. PS: How great is that picture above. Perfect for the post!
Here’s more from Huff Po:
Scientology is making headlines again with the release of Lawrence Wright’s new book “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” and in the wake of the church’s bad publicity, “Parenthood” actress Erika Christensen is defending the controversial religion.
While appearing on her co-star Joy Bryant’s web series, the 30-year-old actress and lifelong member of the church took the opportunity to clear up misconceptions about the religion she calls a “huge part” of her life.
“[People assume] we’re some kind of closed group and we’re just the Hollywood religion … and we worship rabbits. I don’t actually know how many people think that,” she joked.
Scientologists don’t worship rabbits, but members do believe that 75 million years ago, Xenu, dictator of the “Galactic Confederacy,” sent billions of frozen souls on spaceships from his overpopulated planet to the bases of volcanoes on Earth. When the volcanoes erupted, the scattered souls or “thetans” found their way into human bodies, and their emotional issues haunt their human hosts, and Scientologists believe they must be purged through an expensive confessional practice called auditing.
Christensen grew up in the church and says she would have no problems introducing her future children to the religion.
“I would expose to them, like, this is what I do, which is how my parents did it, because my parents are Scientologists,” she said, adding, “If I had to sum it up, the goal of Scientology is giving the person back to themselves. Like, your own power of choice.”
These are pictures from some event Erika attended last week.
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