During an interview with “Good Morning America” Monday, John Travolta was asked why there is so much intrigue and interest surrounding the Church of Scientology.
“Mostly because it’s not understood,” he responded. “People really need to take time and read a book. You know? That’s my advice. You could read A New Slant on Life, you could read Dianetics. And I think if you really read it, you’ll understand it, but unless you do, you’ll speculate. And I think that’s a mistake to do that.”
The actor attested that L. Ron Hubbard’s religion has worked for him, particularly when coping with the death of his 16-year-old son, Jett, in 2009.
“Sometimes when something really works well it becomes a target,” he continued. “Forty years, for me, I’ve been part — and I’ve loved every minute of it. My family has done so well with it. You know? It’s a beautiful thing for me. I’ve saved lives with it, and saved my own life several times. Through the loss of my son, it helped me every step of the way for two years solid, and here I am talking to you because of it.”
This is the second time Travolta has spoken out following the premiere of HBO’s critical documentary, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” in which he is featured as one of the Church’s biggest celebrity members. Coverage of his and Tom Cruise’s participation in Scientology is juxtaposed alongside former members’ testimonies of alleged mental and physical abuses in the film.
Earlier this month, Travolta told the Tampa Bay Times that he doesn’t care to see “Going Clear” and has no plans to speak out against the Church.
“I haven’t experienced anything that the hearsay has [claimed], so why would I communicate something that wasn’t true for me? It wouldn’t make sense, nor would it for Tom, I imagine,” he said, adding, “So, why would I even approach a negative perspective? That would be a crime to me, personally, to do that.”