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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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I always thought Jenna was great on 'Dharma and Greg' --- but wtf --- why is it that lots of good actors are real, real Flake-y in real life?

I love the shirt. In fact I want one that says: Tom Cruise is My Very Favorite South Park Character!!!!!!!!!!

(Isaac Hayes quit South Park after they made fun of scientology on the show)

3053 days ago

Steve Schalchlin    

Why insult gays? :-)

3053 days ago


Man, this scientology stuff is crazy! Why can't everybody believe logical stuff like some guy being born of a virgin, dying for the world's sins and staying dead for three whole days, then coming alive again, and heading straight for the strosphere?

3053 days ago

Joe Don Martin, Esq.    

First, Ky, I take your point but it's Isaac Hayes that's Chef. Second, I used to love Jenna from afar. Now, regardless of the veracity of the encounter, her Scientology makes me glad it was from afar. They're the Heaven's Gate cult with better tennis shoes.

3053 days ago

jack e. jett    

this religion is no gayer than any other religion.

if you follow the root of any religions ..they all eventually lead to the sucking of donkey penis.

jack e. jett

3053 days ago


I think scientology is one of the 'least worst' options in terms of a religion. to me it's the most modern of all the religions and seems to be the most applicable to the modern world.

yeah, I consider scientology the 'least worst' options of all the religions I've encountered

3053 days ago


That's terrible. Equating Scientology with homosexuality is like equating Westboro Baptist with being left-handed. *wink*
But yeah, Scientology is lunacy.

3053 days ago


I believe that Scientology is a bizarre religion, however, I happen to believe that so are all other major religions. It isn't any goofier to believe that we were put here by aliens, than it is to believe that a virgin gave birth to the son of god who then got nailed to a cross for our sins. To believe that we shouldn't resort to the use of doctors, isn't any stranger than it is to believe that you shouldn't eat pork for fear of god's wrath. I have another problem with this dudes t-shirt message also...I think it is wrong to use the word "Gay" as a putdown. In my opinion the Elfmans are just another religiously deluded couple....Roecker is worse because he's a punk.

3053 days ago

Ray Carter    

The real point here is,... "gay" is not an insult and it's homophobic to use it as such.

3053 days ago


I simply do not understand the attraction of scientology, but this guy is quite a lunatic (and homophobe) himself. He 's out there provoking people, then crying victim. What a jerk.

3053 days ago


If someone just called someone you loved a Moth-- Fu----er Or called your dad Gay that you knew wasn't, You would not react? What Kind of Person are you?
I bet you 'd act kind of crazy too... You go around pushing Scientologists Buttons and then call them crazy when they react.. You mean you don't react? I think it was you that was wierd., or crazy... Especially if you treated Scientology as if it was some kind of "Polish Joke. Those of you that do remember what you are doing. The Truth of what Scientology really is about will come about, Then see if your so proud to be a Scientology Basher. What it is all about is not the "Xenu" ( Science Fiction Crap ) or what is on South Park and in the media, that is only what the " Anti-Scientologist say it is. Look at what Scientology stands for and what it is against, and if you don't think alot of money is being made off drugs and that is not offending and making alot of enemies for Scientology, think again. Bur Remember the Scientologists is for Society and all our survival, even if it is an unpopular thing to be doing at this point in out time. How do you think your going to be looking lets say 5 years from now when the truth is exposed, Scientology is a major force on the planet and you with your lame excuse for what you think Scientology is staring you now in the face of the ones in control? Think about it. I know what Scientology really is. You had better hope it succeeds.

If you can't see society slipping away,and the best you can do is throw stupid remarks at one of the major groups on this planet doing something about it, because in your ignorance can't see it for what it is;who do you think the ones that know what it is think of your unawareness and ignorance of the truth?

3053 days ago

J.R. "Bob" Dobbs    

Alright Mr. Dianetics Lawyer, I'm going to tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Right, then I'll begin.

Once upon a time (75 million years ago to be more precise) there was an alien galactic ruler named Xenu. Xenu was in charge of all the planets in this part of the galaxy including our own planet Earth, except in those days it was called Teegeeack.

Now Xenu had a problem. All of the 76 planets he controlled were overpopulated. Each planet had on average 178 billion people. He wanted to get rid of all the overpopulation so he had a plan. Xenu took over complete control with the help of renegades to defeat the good people and the Loyal Officers. Then with the help of psychiatrists he called in billions of people for income tax inspections where they were instead given injections of alcohol and glycol mixed to paralyse them. Then they were put into space planes that looked exactly like DC8s (except they had rocket motors instead of propellers).

These DC8 space planes then flew to planet Earth where the paralysed people were stacked around the bases of volcanoes in their hundreds of billions. When they had finished stacking them around then H-bombs were lowered into the volcanoes. Xenu then detonated all the H-bombs at the same time and everyone was killed.

The story doesn't end there though. Since everyone has a soul (called a "thetan" in this story) then you have to trick souls into not coming back again. So while the hundreds of billions of souls were being blown around by the nuclear winds he had special electronic traps that caught all the souls in electronic beams (the electronic beams were sticky like fly-paper).

After he had captured all these souls he had them packed into boxes and taken to a few huge cinemas. There all the souls had to spend days watching special 3D motion pictures that told them what life should be like and many confusing things. In this film they were shown false pictures and told they were God, The Devil and Christ. In the story this process is called "implanting".

When the films ended and the souls left the cinema these souls started to stick together because since they had all seen the same film they thought they were the same people. They clustered in groups of a few thousand. Now because there were only a few living bodies left they stayed as clusters and inhabited these bodies.

As for Xenu, the Loyal Officers finally overthrew him and they locked him away in a mountain on one of the planets. He is kept in by a force-field powered by an eternal battery and Xenu is still alive today.

That is the end of the story. And so today everyone is full of these clusters of souls called "body thetans". And if we are to be a free soul then we have to remove all these "body thetans" and pay lots of money to do so. And the only reason people believe in God and Christ was because it was in the film their body thetans saw 75 million years ago.

Well what did you think of that story? What? You thought it was a stupid story?

Well so do the rest of us. However, this story is the core belief in the religion known as Scientology. If people knew about this story then most people would never get involved in it. This story is told to you when you reach one of their secret levels called OT III. After that you are supposed to telepathically communicate with these body thetans to make them go away. You have to pay a lot of money to get to this level and do this (or you have to work very hard for the organisation on extremely low pay for many years). I am telling you this story as a warning. If you become involved with Scientology then you should do so with your eyes open and fully aware of the sort of material it contains.

Most of the Scientologists who work in their Dianetics centres and so called "Churches" of Scientology do not know this story since they are not allowed to hear it until they reach the secret "upper" levels of Scientology. It may take them many years before they reach this level if they ever do. The ones who do know it are forced to keep it a secret and not tell it to those people who are joining Scientology.

Now you have read this you know their big secret. Don't let me put you off joining though. ;-)

3053 days ago


the only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own.

3053 days ago


This is just amazing. I guess when you play other people for a living, you can play at religion. Could anyone be worst than the christo-fascists running this country now? I think we may have found them in this religion, and they are violently overzealous as well.

3053 days ago


Scientology is not gay... there is nothing wrong with being gay!

As for scientology, yes it makes no sense at all, but then, neither do the other religions which require a belief in a god or gods.

Check out Sam Harris' book "The End of Faith" at

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