Many former Scientologists suspect the fallout over his son’s death may draw John Travolta from out of the Religion’s fold (all apologies to those who do not believe Scientology earns the moniker “religion”). This belief is based on whether or not Travolta will ultimately blame his faith for the death of his son. Travolta’s son, Jet, suffered from autism and his demise was pinned on a seizure disorder. Scientology does not recognize autism as a medical condition and therefore denounces the use of medication (or medication for any psychological disorder: see Tom Cruise’s castigation of Brooke Shields for medicating her post partum depression).
Was Scientology to blame for Jet’s death? Couldn’t have helped. A person like John Travolta’s son requires medication for serious illness, whether or not Scientology thinks said illness exists.
Of course, news like this has been a little too common as of late. We’ve seen many stories of parents arrested for denying medical treatment to their children because it “was against their faith.” How about you? Has religion ever asked you to do something as a parent that you believed belittled common sense?
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