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Should Atheists Boycott Battlefield Earth

May 9, 2020

The “Psychlos” are coming!

This week, the movie "Battlefield Earth" starring John Travolta hits theaters around the country. The film is based on a book authored by L. Ron Hubbard, a pulp sci-fi writer who was also the founder Scientology.

Some critics charge that "Battlefield Earth" is based on teachings from the Church of Scientology and is even a "recruiting film" for the controversial movement. They intend to picket the openings, and encourage the public to boycott the movie. Others suggest that even with Travolta's star power, the film will "sink like a rock" at the box-office.

Ties between the Church of Scientology and the movie have been examined by major media, including The Washington Post. There are indications that revenue from the film is to be funneled through Author Services Inc., the firm holding trademarks for Scientology and the late L. Ron Hubbard, to various church outreaches.

We have only a couple of questions for this American Atheist Magazine poll. As usual, we encourage you to discuss this topic and leave your thoughts for others to read. You can get background on "Battlefield Earth" beginning with the FLASHLINE story at the American Atheists website.

Sites which defend or criticize Scientology are plentiful on the web. Helpful links include:
  • The Church of Scientology
  • Washington Post story on Travolta, "Battlefield Earth"
  • More on Scientology, "Battlefield Earth"

What do you think? Should atheists -- and others -- boycott "Battlefield Earth"? Is the real, or possible involvement of the Church of Scientology sufficient grounds to stay away from this film? Should the personal, religious or political views of actors or others involved in a particular movie be considered when deciding to attend, or not attend, a particular film?

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