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Measles on board the 'Freewinds' + Scientologists hoisted by their own petard
The luxury cruise ship Freewinds with about 300 passengers on board has been quarantined in port of St. Lucia after a crew member or passenger (the reports are contradictory) was diagnosed with measles. That news would not be funny - however, it gets positively hilarious when we learn that the ship is linked to the Church of Scientology (CoS) and currently packed with its members. Scientology is legally recognized as a tax-exempt religion in the US and other countries. The CoS emphasizes the harmful effects of drugs, toxins and chemicals that, according to the CoS, lodge in the body and create a biochemical barrier to spiritual well-being. Many scientologists are anti-vaccination, and some prominent opponents of vaccinations, including Kirstie Alley and Jenna Elfman, are Scientologists. The CoS's also promotes the "Purification Rundown" ("Purif" for short) and the closely related Narconon detox programmes. They consist of regular exercise, sauna and nutrition, with industrial