With all this effusive praise for Beck's music and joking around, I don't want anyone to think I've gone soft on Scientology. Scientology certainly hasn't gone soft on anyone.
In November of 2005, The Nicsperiment gleefully reported on South Park's hilarious "Trapped in the Closet" episode, which mocked Scientology's beliefs and behavior. As South Park regularly mocks every religion or belief system (including my own), nothing seemed out of the ordinary about this. Well, it must have seemed out of the ordinary to Scientology because their public response was fairly extreme, and there were even rumors that Tom Cruise himself attempted to have the episode pulled from re-airing. Now we know Scientology reacted even more ridiculously and dangerously than previously believed.
According to news reports, Scientology heavily investigated South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone in an attempt to discredit them. This investigation process reportedly entails: "...an escalating gradient of techniques beginning with quiet investigation and moving up to infiltration, identification of and use of influential friends and contacts of [Parker and Stone], loud investigation, threats, attempts to harm [them] financially, intense propaganda to discredit, and ultimately, if all else fails, utter destruction of the [humorists] through overt harassment."
Man, Scientology doesn't sound like a dangerous cult at all.