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Does it Matter if Kirstie Alley's Diet Plan is Associated with Scientology?

By March 29, 2010

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The blogosphere is abuzz with the suggestion that Organic Liaison - the diet plan of Kirstie Alley, who is also a well known Scientologist - is a "Scientologist front." Arguments include everything from the number of Scientologists involved with Organic Liaison to the fact that the product was discussed on Oprah Winfrey, who "has devoted a massive amount of time to Alley or Scientologists like Cruise and Travolta." (Folks, she's a talk show host. She devotes a lot of time to a lot of people.)

My question is: does it matter? If it works, then it works. If it doesn't, then it doesn't, irregardless of whether Scientology is involved.

"But Scientology is quackery," critics will shout. Again, how is it relevant here? Are you seriously implying that once someone joins Scientology, they can never have are intelligent thought ever again? It's sort of like implying that Creationists are never able to cook, or understand math, or anything else.

Many have also suggested that her diet is taking a lot of cues from Scientology's Purification Rundown, which is about cleansing, rather than weight loss. Again, if Alley's diet helps with weight, why does it matter what it might also resemble?

If you're considering diet products, forget Scientology and just evaluate the products. Let Alley's diet plan succeed or fail on its own merits rather than turning every facet of this woman's life into a Scientology debate.

March 29, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(1) KirstieAlley'sBurger says:

What an irresponsibly moronic post.
Of course it matters.

March 30, 2010 at 8:56 am
(2) LaciR says:

It probably matters to some people, yes. There are a lot of people, ex-Scientologists included who have major issues with the dangers involved with Scientologist medicine. Obviously, she could be on any diet and it may or may not work for her. But, just the association with something that is viewed by even some Pagans as a “cult”, is bound to draw the buzz. Opinions are exactly that, opinions. It probably doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Except that it’s shoved out there in the public now, and really does look like a “scientologist front”. We really didn’t need to know it was associated with that group, just like if my diet was Catholic, no one would or should care.

March 30, 2010 at 9:54 am
(3) Jen says:

Of course Creationists can’t understand math… that’s why they think they world is only 6000 years old…

March 30, 2010 at 9:56 am
(4) Jen says:

…And that’s what I get for picking on someone… I spelled “they world” instead of “the world”… LOL

March 31, 2010 at 3:51 pm
(5) M says:

Is ir-regardless even a word? Catherine, are you a Scientologist, perhaps?

March 31, 2010 at 4:30 pm
(6) Catherine Beyer says:

I find it amazing that darn near every time I fail to shout “Scientologists are poo-poo heads,” someone suggests I must be a Scientologist.

As opposed to, say, a writer about Scientology and other alternative religions.

It’s called objectivity. I write about all sorts of things with which I don’t agree.

It’s particularly amusing in this case because I don’t actually say anything positive or negative about Scientology.

April 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm
(7) Brenda says:

It matters to me as I try not to give money to cults, and it is assured that a portion of the profits will go directly back to Scientology. Of course, Travolta, Cruise, Alley and other Scientologists give a good chunk of their income to Scientology, so there are limits to what I can do, beyond avoiding their movies.

April 6, 2010 at 1:12 am
(8) Darkenwulf says:

First off, as long as you know what you’re getting (or potentially), that’s a person’s decision. The problem is when an apple is called by another name and, in reality, really is an apple – that is another matter. Scientology is going to do its damndest to worm its way into our hearts -and pocketbooks. They are facing an uphill battle in gaining a solid reputation with us. Sure they are a religion and so is Jediism, no matter how strange it may be.
Second off, Catherine, you got style. You have to on a site like this.
Thanks for your hard work.

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