“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” may have started a new wave of criticism for Scientology, but John Travolta thinks the cure for that is as simple as reading a book.
The actor spoke out against Scientology critics while appearing on “Good Morning America” on Monday (April 20) to promote his new film “The Forger.”
“People really need to take the time and read a book. That’s my advice,” Travolta explains. “You can read ‘A New Slant on Life’ or ‘Dianetics.’ I think if you really do you’ll understand it, but unless you do you’ll just speculate — and I think it’s a mistake to do that.”
He also believes that the reason Scientology attracts so many naysayers is because of how well it works.
“Sometimes, when something really works well it becomes a target,” Travolta says. “It’s been 40 years for me that I’ve been a part [of it]. My family has done so well with it.”
Travolta did not actively participate in the HBO documentary that tries to illuminate alleged abuses within the Church of Scientology. Still, his past interviews where he discusses the influence of the Church and its practices were used to illustrate how indoctrinated the actor had become.
Former Scientology officials in the documentary allege that Travolta was a recruitment pawn for the Church, and the actor used Scientology connections to further his career. However, after four decades as a Scientologist, Travolta asserts that the religion has helped him on a much deeper level.
In the “GMA” interview, Travolta goes on to credit Scientology getting him through the grieving process after his son’s death in 2009. Jett Travolta was only 16 years old when he suffered a seizure while the family was on vacation in the Bahamas.
“[Scientology] has saved my own life several times. Through the loss of my son, it helped me every step of the way for two years solid,” Travolta says. “And here I am talking to you because of it.”