Well thank goodness for that. It must be perfectly fine then, I suppose. Nevada Republican Senate candidate, Sharron Angle supported a prison anti-drug program that raised some controversy due to its ties to Scientology. Angle, in an interview, replied (italics mine):
Seeking to “clear the record,” Angle told us “I am not even sure that the Church of Scientology fits into it at all. You have to make some quantum leaps here.”
She noted “the program itself is a multifaceted program, and it had two protocols: one in the area of withdrawals, and it was a natural withdrawal system. As s you know, that can have some severe physical side effects and the cramping that was involved there required that other people be taught how to relieve the cramping. So that is where it said that people were being massaged.”
“The second protocol was what they called the ‘disintoxification,’ which was actually sweating the drug out of one’s system so that there were no longer any cravings for the drug. This is a very intense potassium, calcium, vitamin, mineral regimen, with a hot rock sauna that sweats the toxins out. Those two protocols were developed by [the late Church of Scientology founder] L. Ron Hubbard, and they had to give him credit. But it is not Scientology, but rather natural homeopathic medicine.”
At No More Mister Nice Blog, Steve M. quips:
Oh. So, it’s, um, not linked to Scientology, but it was devised by the guy who founded Scientology. And it’s homeopathic! That’s good, right? The Framers were homeopathic, weren’t they?
I realize that “Republican/movement conservative opens mouth, and crazy shit falls out” really isn’t news, but there are two serious points to be made here.
First, when a significant fraction of our representative bodies are batshit lunatic, it makes conservatives and the Fiscal Austerity nutters looks sane by comparison–this is not helping.
Second, I suspect the real reason Angle is worried about this revelation is that her theopolitically fundamentalist base does not like Scientology. At all. Christian fundamentalists do not want to vote for a Scientologist–to them, that’s probably as bad as voting for an atheist (AAIIIEEE!!!). If this continues to get play, this could cost her votes among the base.