Many of you have seen the news reporting on the death of John Travolta’s son, Jett. The early reports mention that the teenager’s death was apparently caused when he had a seizure and struck his head.
A tragic accident. Or was it? Perhaps, but the unspoken contributor to this death was the deranged founder of The Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard.
Although he was a moderately successful science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard is best known as the creator of Scientology, a pseudo-scientific UFO cult – the claims of which sound suspiciously like one of L. Ron’s B-level sci-fi yarns. Prior to his career as a con man, I mean cult leader, he had a brief and highly exaggerated military career. He also suffered from mental illness.
Whatever the cause of his seizures, a Travolta family lawyer now says Jett had been taking Depakote, an anti-seizure medication, but had to stop it because of liver damage. Liver damage from Depakote is rare; more recently, the FDA has been concerned about its link to suicidal thoughts — exactly the kind of condition Scientologists they believe they can treat through the religious coursework they call “auditing.”
We’ll never know if Jett could have been helped with proper medication. We’ll never know how many people have been duped by Scientology into avoiding medications that could have saved them – with the inevitable tragic results.
What we do know is that people like Travolta continue to choose blind faith over reason and logic, and sometimes other people have to pay the price.