The Church of Scientology has a storied history of swift and sometimes creative responses to media criticism from traditional ranks -- such as print or TV outlets -- and now here's another about the group's entanglement with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the colorful creators of "South Park," courtesy of The Village Voice.
Nancy Cartwright, the face behind the voice of Bart Simpson, is here to tell you in her non-cartoon voice about the excitement of recruiting new members for the Church of Scientology, which has long counted her among its members There's a "crusade" afoot in 2010, according to Cartwright (continued) .
The Church of Scientology counts several high-profile figures from the world of entertainment among its members -- Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, to name a few -- and they sometimes act as public advocates for their religion. However, one of their own, screenwriter and director Paul Haggis, has very publicly left the fold after taking issue with the church's stance on Proposition 8.
It's been a rough week for the Church of Scientology. First there was the opening of a trial that could lead to the banning of the organization in France, and on Thursday L. Ron Hubbard's controversial religion was banned from revising articles in Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia that is edited by Internet users.