John Sweeney, whose interviews and adventures exposing the bizarreness of Scientology might inspire a Dan Brown novel — he has been the subject of all sorts of surveillance and open and veiled threats –has written a new book, “Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology.” Among many of the revelations and surprises of the book is that the Church of Scientology has allegedly built an “Alien Space Cathedral” in New Mexico.
The landmark is only visible from space, and Sweeney explains that through interviews with ex-scientologists — of which there are always plenty at hand — he discovered that the interlocking circles with diamond shapes inside are meant to be guide markers for Scientologists “returning from space to find Mr. Hubbard’s works after a nuclear Armageddon wipes out humanity.”
Fear of the bomb does in fact characterize the “scriptures” of Scientology. These books and lectures, of which there is a prodigious amount, characterize mankind’s greatest threat to be nuclear holocaust. At times, L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, characterizes it as certain inevitability, and his personal mission as Source and savior is to prepare scientologists to survive it.
Sweeney believes that beneath the landmark is a “space alien cathedral that ex-Scientologist say was built deep underground by the church in the 1980s at the cost of millions of dollars.
“Its vault houses the lectures of Hubbard on gold discs locked in titanium caskets sealed with argon. The cathedral is H-bomb proof,” details Sweeney’s new book.
What Sweeney grudges most about Scientology is that it wants to be recognize as a religion in the UK, and yet is secretive about its beliefs. For instance, he believes stories about Xenu and space aliens are important beliefs to the heads of the church, but that this is a secret kept even from lower church members.
“When I spoke to Kirsty Alley and Juliette Lewis in 2007 and asked them ‘who is Xenu?’ they’d say “John, you’re crazy.”
He explained that “For a start, a religion must be honest bout what it believes in. Scientologists believe in a space alien satan called Xenu — but if you ask them, their spokesmen deny it.” Nevertheless, one might note that religions don’t, after all, have to be direct and straightforward. What about the ancient Mystery Religions?
Whatever the case, Sweeney is at it again, after his adventurous interrogations of former members, his public outburst that surprised even him, but which was orchestrated by the church, and the endless attempts at intimidation he has received.