It looks like as soon as Kirstie Alley got finished with The Today Show on Monday she must have had a team of Scientologists ready to give her the answers she didn't have on Tuesday and also to put one of their famous Scientology practices to good use. Here is what Kirstie told PopEater after the interview.
She said she was ambushed by The Today Show and that the reporter used for the piece, Roger Friedman who works for The Hollywood Reporter has it in for her and for Scientology. "If you Google Mr. Friedman, you'll see he has had longtime problems with Scientology. He has written numerous articles against them."
Now who do you suppose gave her that little sound byte? That is what Scientologists love to do. Go after the messenger. Don't address the actual issue but go after the person making the statement.
As for the claim that her company is a front for the COS, Kirstie says "There was a claim that my product is a front for Scientology. This is not true. Organic Liaison is its own L.L.C. and is not affiliated with The Church of Scientology or the World Institute of Scientology. The proof is in the numbers," she continues. "Out of the 25 approximate employees, there may be 26, of Organic Liaison, 4 are Scientologists. Organic Liaison does not discriminate in its hiring practices, including religion ... It boils down to roughly 10% of my company is Scientologists, 90% are non-Scientologists."
First of all, last I checked 10% of 25 is 2.5, so the number is closer to 15% or 20%. Plus, the allegation in the report was that all of the top officers in the company are Scientologists. Notice she doesn't address that part of the report. What are the positions of the four?
Apparently Roger Tweeted after the show, "Kirstie Alley lies on The Today Show about Scientology connection." Kirstie threatened to sue him though so he changed it to "Kristie Alley gets it wrong on Today Show about Scientology Connection." Meh, the point is made.
This is my one issue with everything. I wish the COS would be more open and transparent. I think there would be less hostility. I wish they would stop personally criticizing everyone who criticizes their religion. Finally, I worry about people using a product to lose weight that might be run by the same people who thought touching someone would heal injuries in Haiti. I worry that the same people who came up with the e-meter would be in charge of me losing weight. I am also anxious to see that when people buy the product, and they will, if any of them are ever contacted by the COS after they purchase it. Do they suddenly get on a mailing list. If they stop ordering food will "Organic Liaison" people be calling them non stop to get them to return. These will be the true tests.