Thursday 24 August 2017

John Travolta continues defending Scientology, says he's 'saved lives' because of it

John Travolta said his experience with Scientology 'has been nothing but brilliant for me'
John Travolta said his experience with Scientology 'has been nothing but brilliant for me'
John Travolta at the Oscars
John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston arriving at the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 22, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Oscars. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
John Travolta pictured with his late son Jett. Photo: Getty images
Actor John Travolta (L) and actress Scarlett Johansson attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards

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John Travolta views Scientology as an absolute lifesaver.

The 61-year-old actor has been a follower of the controversial religion established by L. Ron Hubbard since 1975.

And while promoting his new movie The Forger in a fresh interview with Good Morning America on Monday, John defended the Church of Scientology with gusto.

Read more: John Travolta: 'Scientology has been brilliant...to say anything negative would be a crime to me'

John Travolta at the Oscars
John Travolta at the Oscars

“Sometimes, when something really works well, it becomes a target,” the star explained. “I think for me, 40 years now I’ve been a part of it and I loved every minute of it.

“It’s a beautiful thing for me — I’ve saved lives with it, saved my own life several times, through the loss of my son [Jett] and it helps me every step of the way.

“And here I am, talking to you because of it.”

John’s son Jett died in 2009 after suffering from a seizure.

John Travolta pictured with his late son Jett. Photo: Getty images
John Travolta pictured with his late son Jett. Photo: Getty images

Read more: Scarlett Johansson says there's 'nothing creepy' about John Travolta after Oscars kiss

The Church of Scientology is receiving backlash from numerous critics currently because documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief aired on HBO at the close of March. The feature documents the harrowing stories of former members of the church who decided to leave. Going Clear also sheds light on the secret inner workings of Scientology, with claims the highest church officials institute torture and abuse to keep members involved in the religion.

John believes folks should read L. Ron Hubbard’s book Scientology: A New Slant On Life or Dianetics to get a clearer picture on what the religion is all about.

“People really need to take the time and read a book — that’s my advice,” he said. “I think if you really read it, you’ll understand it.”

John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston arriving at the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 22, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Oscars. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston arriving at the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 22, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Oscars. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

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