Church of Scientology’s “Health” Promise to High-Ranking Members Called Into Question After Kirstie Alley’s Death 

Church of Scientology’s “Health” Promise to High-Ranking Members Called Into Question After Kirstie Alley’s Death 

As you likely know, Kirstie Alley was a devout Scientologist. She joined the church back in 1979 and was still a member – a very high-ranking member when he passed away from colon cancer. Since Kirstie was a Scientologist for the rest of her life, she rose up through the ranks over time and was at level “OT VIII.” This is the highest tier available. This allowed her to be admitted to “The Freewinds.” This is the Scientology ship. It’s a very big deal, and only the highest levels are allowed. That tier includes John Travolta and Tom Cruise.

Here’s what Leah Remini, a former Scientologist said about that ship.

Here’s what Leah said in a tweet: “The Scientology ship, The Freewinds, is where they reach one of the highest levels of Scientology & are supposed to be impervious to “Wog Illness”. A Wog is a derogatory term used to describe all of you, who are all just average humans compared to the superior scientologist.”

After Kirstie’s death from colon cancer, a left-wing reporter wrote this in a tweet: “One of the promises that Scientology explicitly makes to members (on paper!) is if you reach the upper levels of Scientology you won’t get cancer. Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston, two dedicated Scientologists, have both died of cancer in the past two years.”

Well, Yashar didn’t get it exactly right. There is nothing specific about not getting cancer, but as Leah said, at that level, they’re supposed to be free of “earthly diseases,” so it is hard to square Kirstie’s death, given the promises of Scientology, which many people think is just a rich person’s cult.

Narcity reported that  Scientology’s critics came out swinging after Alley’s death was announced, with some pointing fingers at the organization for its alleged views on cancer.

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“One of the promises that Scientology explicitly makes to members (on paper!) is if you reach the upper levels of Scientology you won’t get cancer,” journalist and commentator Yashar Ali tweeted after Alley’s death. “Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston, two dedicated Scientologists, have both died of cancer in the past two years.”

Many jumped into the replies to label Scientology a “cult,” while fans of the actress defended her and told Ali that it was “too soon” to bring these kinds of allegations up. Thousands had reacted to his tweet as of Tuesday morning.

The Church of Scientology’s website does not explicitly say what Ali alleged about cancer. It does say that Scientologists “seek conventional medical treatment for illnesses and injuries.” It adds that followers can also address “any accompanying spiritual trauma” connected to a condition, once they’ve sought physical treatment from a medical professional.

Although Ali failed to produce the receipts for his claims about Scientology and cancer, the Church has faced plenty of other controversies and accusations over the years, which would explain why there was so much enthusiasm for jumping on the cancer accusations.

Most recently, Scientology has been roped into two alleged rape cases against Hollywood filmmaker Paul Haggis and That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson. Haggis has alleged that members of the Church set him up, while Masterson has claimed that police and prosecutors are persecuting him because he’s a Scientologist.

Either way, we will all miss Kirstie, and by all accounts, she lived a charmed life, surrounded by people who loved her. I am sorry that we lost her.

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