Neil deGrasse Tyson defends his ‘defense’ of Scientology + talks about taking their test

A recent headline (Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Scientology—and the Bush Administration’s Science Record) resulted in, well, more headlines. It all stemmed from some comments the astrophysicist made about Scientology in the wake of the HBO documentary, Going Clear.

DeGrasse Tyson clarified his stance on StandUp! with Pete Dominick Thursday (and said he’s “given up on being annoyed” by things like this).

“It’s a belief system. Religions are belief system … Often if a belief system is oldest, you call it a religion. And if it’s youngest, you call it a cult. And so I’m not distinguishing among these. They are belief systems. In a free country where you can believe whatever you want, I do not distinguish one of them from the other.”

He then told a story that he’s never told before: His experience taking the Scientology personality test as a teenager in New York City.

“I was intrigued by this. And it was clear to me that something is wrong here. These people are not connected to a rational reality.”

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