Using Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” As a Weapon by the Church of Scientology

Scientology is under attack again, this time from a new documentary entitled Going Clear. In a story called “16 Shocking Allegations in Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear,'” the Huffington Post reports this about Sea Org, one of the churches branches:

15. Sea Org members were allegedly tortured to the sounds of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”
In 2004, [Scientology leader David] Miscaviage apparently ordered the top members of the Sea Org to live in what was known as The Hole in the Church’s secret Gold Base in California. In the film, former members say they were told to confess their crimes against the Church in order to leave The Hole. Beyond beatings and one man being ordered to “mop up the bathroom floor with his tongue,” another method of abuse was when members were forced to play musical chairs to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Those participating were “fighting to stay” in the Church: whoever didn’t have a seat when the music stopped was expelled from the Church.

The whole story can be found here.

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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