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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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Joann    

A lawyer preaching on ethics after telling us that he's better than us BECAUSE he's a lawyer? LOL, enough said. Anyway, I'm not in the least bit close-minded but I think Scientologists have time and time again proven that 1) They're crazy and so 2) This must be a cult. *SIGH*

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Deanne    

Hey Lawyer........you think Christians aren't attacked??? What planet are you living on? Wake up and smell the coffee.......and while your at it, ask yourself why your kid isn't allowed to pray in school!

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JEANNE    

''I'LL WEAR ANY SHIRT , THAT I WANT TO !!!
' WELLLL, THERE GOES ONE OF MY FAVORITE [RERUNS] SHOWS''

3054 days ago
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sean    

the t-shirt should have read scientology is lesbian. they deserve equal time too! and jenna and mr. elfman hangin out with a 20 y.o. sounds kinky! sounds like one big sex par-tay! where can i sign up?!

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50.

Robert    

We've witnessed the birth of a new religion and the insanity that comes along with it, people! Doesn't this tell us something about the nature of religion? This collection of goofy, unsubstantiated ideas was invented very recently by a shitty sci-fi writer, and now we're being told we have to respect their beliefs. Let me put that differently: we are being told that we should pretend not to notice that their "beliefs" make no sense. No one is too concerned about it now, but what's going to happen if this brand of ignorance spreads to millions more people and begins being handed down from one generation to the next? The child of Scientologist parents will be taught that scientology is a good description of the nature of reality and our place in it. This will be a child dangerously out of touch with reality. Wake the f*** up, people!

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catherine    

Why use the word "Gay"? There are much more appropriate words to use when describing scientology....insane, crazy, strange, wacko, psycho, freaking nutso, etc... I have a few Gay friends and I find them intelligent and insightful....

3054 days ago
52.

Ed    

Jenna is shrill, totally understandible.
She has not had a hit TV show in over a decade and a quite forgetable movie career.
Lack of focus? Against L.Ron's teachings, no? You cannot be a loser!
Maybe these Elfmans are trying to perform some sort of penance in order to redeem theirselves for having such pitiful careers.

3054 days ago
53.

Joann    

Can someone please just tell Alan Mankovitz where he can find one of these shirts?? (:

3054 days ago
54.

Queso    

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pageartist.cfm?bandID=23466

Enturbulator009 - the parody band that pissed off the cult so bad they hired PI's and (my opinion) posted death threats against themselves in my name and then called the FBI on me. Of course, the feds told me that the IP address of the forged threats were from FL, near Clearwater - go figure. Old songs, crude and rude as hell, but funny still.

3054 days ago
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Barb    

Steven Spielberg is not a scientologist.

And, there is a little thing called freesom of speech that enables you to say/do whatever the hell you want. The Elfmans are nuts and if they don't like his shirt, they shouldn't look at it. I'm sure that Catholics are offended every time they see a Mary is my Homegirl shirt or Jesus is my homeboy, but i don't see them accusing people of raping babies.

I totally believe that this is exactly what transpired. And, it's okay to think that their cult/religion is crazy. It doesn't make you intolerant, just smart. Don't you think there is a reason that they had the "boy" they were with enable 'earmuffs'? Look up the story of Xenu and the volcano and tell me if you wouldn't think someone might jump ship after hearing the crazy talk that is the basis of their religion.

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Joshua Mooney    

Yeah, the Elfmans' feaking out and spitting blood is pretty much what I've come to expect from your basic C- or D-list celeb Scientologist. Of whom there are soooo many. Laughable, really. I guess they don't quite get how nuts they come across. Roecker's t-shirt might well be considered an anti-gay slur, but no, no, no, becuz I think the point of the shirt is simply that two high-profile mega-star acolytes of Scientology happen to be homosexual (which everyone knows anyway).
It's-- what is it the kids say today?-- speaking truth to power. Yeah, that's it.

3054 days ago
57.

cr mark    

religion - the evil root of man's inhumanity towards man!

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58.

eileen    

You have to be somewhat demented to follow Scientology in the first place!! For crap sakes the religion is based on aliens and the super natural. And, Steven Spielberg is an orthodox jew not a Scientologist!!!

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ugoddabekiddin    

ELICIT (verb - to provoke) -- NOT 'ILLICIT' (adjective - immoral, illegal)
geez!

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Cuz Vincent    

Jenna & her husband sound like they have nothing better to do than attack a T-shirt; Scientology is a dream-up of L. Ron Hubbard, a sci-fi author: nothing more, nothing less. it is too bad that these enlightened scientologists, who sound a bit brain-washed to me, coud not open their eyes and realize that Freedom of speech & freedom of religion is a guaranteed right and can and should be enjoyed by all.

Now...can anyone tell me where I can get that T-shirt??

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