We all know about the obvious science fiction connections to Scientology - thanks for that career choice, L. Ron Hubbard - but who knew that all of America's third-favorite religion could be explained away by an old Superman character's homeworld? That's the claim made by the PseudoScientology blog, which reaches back to one of Clark Kent's more confused foes to illustrate his point.
According to the blog, Scientologists are totally sensible:
The Bizarro World (also known as Htrae - earth spelled backwards) is a fictional planet in the DC comics universe. Introduced in the early 1960s, Htrae is a cube-shaped planet, home to Bizarro and his companions, all of whom were initially Bizarro versions of Superman, Lois Lane and their children. Later, other Bizarros were created to add to the population including Bizarro Flash, "the Yellow Lantern", Bizarro-Kltpzyxm and Batzarro, the World's Worst Detective. Everyone views the Bizarro people as strange and weird ... except THEM!
In the Bizarro world of "Htrae," society is ruled by the Bizarro Code which states "Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!". In one episode, for example, a salesman is doing a brisk trade selling Bizarro bonds: "Guaranteed to lose money for you". Later, the mayor appoints Bizarro #1 to investigate a crime, "Because you are stupider than the entire Bizarro police force put together". This is intended and taken as a great compliment. And now, after just a few paragraphs of explanation, you understand precisely what Scientology is all about.
That's not all; the blog also suggests that former Justice League member L-Ron is also a Scientologist, but not for the greatest of reasons:
The authors of the above site are unaware of any instance in which the robot L-Ron has overtly stated that he is a Scientologist. This classification is based primarily on his name.
Nonetheless, we're convinced, but this site raises many other unanswered questions: Is the entirety of DC Comics a front for L. Ron Hubbard's religious scheme? Does the multiverse exist as a metaphor for our multiple theta lives? And most importantly, who would win in a fight - Tom Cruise or Superman?
I just KNEW this Scientology nonsense sounded familiar [PsuedoScientology]