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The Church of Scientology has some bizarre methods for trying to save marriages, though it is presumably too late for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. This includes hours of interrogation and being hooked up to an “e-meter,” a machine that supposedly reads undetected thoughts, according to a New York Times story by Stacey Soley.
Soley interviewed the actress Carmen Llywelyn, who used to be married to My Name Is Earl actor Jason Lee.
Here’s what she said about how Scientologists tried to save her marriage:
Before deciding to divorce, the couple agreed to pay for a form of counseling that Ms. Llywelyn said entails sitting in a room answering questions while hooked up to a device known as an E-meter, which Scientologists believe can detect unexpressed thoughts.
She said a chaplain, also known as an auditor, questioned them for hours. “You do it until the needle is flat, until the sign on the machine doesn’t read any more thoughts,” she said. “They think that once you unload all these bad things, you’re going to fall madly back in love with each other.” And when they didn’t, Ms. Llywelyn said, she was assigned an in-house lawyer. “Scientologists aren’t allowed to sue each other,” she said, because of a policy to contain any public disputes.
The Church looks down on divorce because they fear losing members, according to the writings of founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Other people told the Times their church had ordered them to divorce their wayward spouse.
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