WALTERS: But there’s also — I mean, I’m not going to speak about Scientology in general, but Scientology has a pretty good educational program. They’re not telling people to drop out.
SHEPHERD: Didn’t we have somebody out here who said they took her away and put her on a camp for a long time?
WALTERS: That’s a different story, darling and I wasn’t talking about that aspect of Scientology.
SHEPHERD: She was a teenager when they took her, their school system. She said they pulled her out and put her in a camp. What kind of school is that? It’s like it was a hard labor camp. She built the doggone – the huts that they lived in.
WALTERS [Irritated]: Okay. I have been to some of the Scientology schools and some of their education programs are very good. The last thing I want to do is argue about Scientology.
And the author concludes
It seems transparent that either (a) Walters is very enamored with Scientology, or more likely (b) Walters wants access to the “Most Fascinating People” in Hollywood that are very enamored with Scientology. She sent a clear signal again this week that she doesn’t want a dissenting point of view on her ABC show.
But former Scientologist Jenna Hill will have none of that and pwns BW.
Jenna writes to Walters:
I don’t know what propaganda you have seen or what your celebrity advocate friends have told you, but it’s time to look a little deeper. If you don’t want to know the truth (which I gather is the case from you saying you “don’t want to talk about Scientology”) then please refrain from praising a system you clearly know nothing about.
Although Scientology’s educational system is one of its most disconcerting aspects because it involves children, it is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Scientology’s deception and abuse.
Since when is dropping out of school a good thing? Since when do we listen to extremely privileged, sheltered Hollywood kids about education and society? Since when do I think Barbara Walters and the women on The View are worth listening to?