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When Elfmans Explode

6/13/2006 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jenna ElfmanIf Tom Cruise's recent public displays weren't evidence enough, Scientologists Jenna and Bodhi Elfman prove that they, too, are willing to go to great lengths to defend their religion.

Indie film director John Roecker tells TMZ he was walking to his car with a female friend in LA's trendy Los Feliz neighborhood last Sunday when he was approached by a shirtless man and a tall blonde. "Hey, man, you're making fun of my religion," said the stranger angrily.

Roecker quickly recognized the couple as actor Bodhi Elfman and his wife, 'Dharma and Greg' star Jenna Elfman. Mr. Elfman's ire was apparently drawn by Roecker's self-made t-shirt, which had a picture of Tom Cruise on the front under the caption "Scientology is Gay!" and a 'Stayin'-Alive'-era John Travolta on the back with the words "Very Gay!" For the record, both Cruise and Travolta have said repeatedly they are not gay.

Roecker and his controversial t-shirt

According to Roecker, whose encounter was first reported on LA's KROQ-FM's Kevin and Bean Show, the invective started to fly after he made several references to Scientology theology and its reported central tenent, the story of Xenu.

Roecker says Jenna repeatedly said "What crimes have you committed?" and began screaming at Roecker, "Have you raped a baby?" as motorists on Los Feliz Boulevard drove by in snarled traffic.

Roecker says it appears that Bodhi Elfman prepared to take a swing at him, but thought against it.

Bizarrely, Roecker also says that the Elfmans had a young, twenty-something male companion with them whom they continually instructed to move away and cover his ears whenever references to Xenu were made.

Roecker says this is not the first time he has worn a t-shirt that has provoked similar reactions from fellow devotees of L. Ron Hubbard like Juliette Lewis, Lisa Marie Presley, and actor Hal Ozman, who worked on 'Dawson's Creek' with none other than a certain Katie Holmes. Sources at the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre say Roecker is no stranger to them. Several non-celeb parishioners have also complained about Roecker's t-shirts.

Bodhi Elfman's rep Jenni Weinman tells TMZ that according to Bodhi "He was out for a Sunday stroll with his wife, when some guy walks by with a t-shirt on, very prominently attacking his religion. Words were extended and Bodhi and Jenna were personally attacked for their beliefs. As they went about their business, the guy continued to try to illicit negative responses from the both of them. As they walked away he continued to scream propaganda and hate at them. Apparently he spent all Monday calling the press to promote himself."

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Scientologists are all a bunch of nutcase overzealous, no sense of humor whackos. How can it be called a religion -- it was developed by a 2 bit, 3rd rate, schizophrenic science fiction (key word there) author.

3051 days ago

jokin' right    

You forgot one thing: with the sole purpose of making money.

3051 days ago


Oops, you're right jokin, forgot about that major element to their, ahem, religion!

3051 days ago

Little Bird    

"First and foremost - I am not a scientologist. I am, however, an attorney, which lends itself to a more heightened level of analysis than the average fellow American..."

--Uh huh. The above is so amusing I read it twice. Don't kid yourself, Robyn. The only thing more heightened is your need to elevate your being,
status, and intellect to a bunch of strangers in cyberspace.

Now stepping down from the soapbox -- I read Dianetics and some of it is highly relavent and quite practical. More practical and especially more believable than other religious ideas and notions, such as the Immaculate Conception and someone rising from the dead three days after he was buried. Ahem. Or Moses parting the sea. Or deflowering X number of virgins in heaven after you blow people up.

If Americans attacked the beliefs of Christians, Jews, Muslims. etc. with the same fervor with which they attack Scientologists, could you imagine the newspaper editorials and ensuing charges of discrimination??? Come on, people, show a little tolerance and don't be so afraid of what is otherwise unknown to you. Educate yourselves -- for all Gods' sakes."

As previously mentioned by another poster, you ever so subtly
criticized the beliefs of the Christian, Judaic, and Islamic faiths while wagging your obviously biased legal finger at those you're chastising.

3051 days ago


All I want to know is: where can I buy one of those T Shirts?

3051 days ago


"5. Who cares what they believe in. Who are we to judge?"

Who are Scientologists to judge psychiatry? Is it never OK to criticize a religion? But it's OK to make sweeping generalizations about all psychiatrists and psychologists? Was it wrong to take the Catholic Church to task for looking the other way while priests molested children? Since they're a religion, are they above criticism?

It's not OK to make fun of Scientology, but it's OK to create a museum called: "Psychiatry: Industry of Death"?

Wearing a tshirt that parodies religion or politics or psychiatry or anything is an expression of freedom of speech.

3051 days ago


Hey Rubes, I was there and it’s all true! (Or were you the shaved head guy with the Atari t-shirt that they sent packing every couple minutes—you didn’t heard much of the exchange.) Bodhi and Jenna were the ones that began the shouting match as we were walking to our car on a major Los Angeles boulevard, they were instantly enraged by his t-shirt with a funny—albeit inflammatory-- slogan. The only lies are the ones told by the Bodhi’s publicist: John was trying to get them to explain their beliefs and the best Jenna could offer was yelling “what’s your crime?” about two inches from his face. And Bodhi kept screaming that we only hate him because “he helps people.” Why would someone hate a person that helps people? That’s illogical. Every citizen has the right to say whatever they want on a t-shirt, just as the Elfmans have the right to flip out. Elfman has publicly stated that said that she couldn't support any organization that raised money for AIDS research or relief because “AIDS is a state of mind, not a disease.” I don’t know about you but I don’t find beliefs like that particularly helpful...

3051 days ago


Years from now people like John will try to explain to their kids that while they used the word "gay" to mean "bad," they did not mean that gay was bad. And their kids will have no idea what they're talking about either.

3051 days ago


To Robin....Your comment in the first paragraph leads me to believe that you think very highly of yourself and your "heightened level of analysis"...I think you are a highly hypocritical. Have you even studied Scientology, Judiasm or Christianity?? I have extensively studied them in college and beyond and you just reaLLY DON'T HAVE A CLUE. Especially about Christians and Jews not being attacked for their beliefs-what rock have you crawled out from under!! Check out the new movie called "The End of the Spear"-based on a true story of modern day Christians brutally murdered for their beliefs-Have any Scientologists been killed lately? Don't think so-They just have to endure a silly t-shirt!!

3051 days ago


hopefully miss jenna will spend time doing time.
it's still against the law to attack someone right?
ps:should'nt brad pitt be on that there t-shirt too?

3051 days ago


5. Who cares what they believe in. Who are we to judge?

Posted at 3:40PM on Jun 13th 2006 by Krissy 0 stars

Um, have you ever known anyone that was harassed repeatedly and conned out of thousands of dollars. I have. I judge. Do some reading on it. To not speak out when you should is cowardice.

3051 days ago


There's a difference between "attacking religion" and satirizing it. The woman who does Bart Simpson's voice is a Scientologist, and The Simpson's constantly poke fun at Christianity (as well as other religions). If you can't make fun of religion you don't have freedom of speech.

Again, why the double standard? Why is it OK to call the entire field of psychiatry evil, but not OK to question the claims made by the Church of Scientology?

3051 days ago


Lawyers are smarter than other people? So that's why
they are univerally despised bloodsuckers? Now, combine
lawyer and scientologists, (also smarter than other people)
and we have a real winning combo. I only hope the inbreeding
produces results in a few generations. I knew there had to be
a reason why I didn't like the Elfman blonde?

3051 days ago


All the space aliens who created us are patiently smiling down
on us right now, thinking "we had better luck with tinker toys-
back to the drawing board!"

"My T-shirt hates your T-shirt"


3051 days ago


The slogan is only insulting if you think the word "gay" has a negative connotation. The Elfmans should reconsider their anti-"gay" stance. It's really insulting.

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