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SNL mocks Scientology, where 'religion and science are intertwined'

Technically Incorrect: After astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson tells Christians they have no right to criticize the Church of Scientology, "Saturday Night Live" has other ideas.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Is this religion and science finally coming together? SNL/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The human race is so full of itself these days that it's reaching for the stars.

Some can't wait until humans and robots are one. Others don't want to stop there. They lift up their hearts (and, some would say, leave their minds behind) and believe that religion and science will soon be one.

Last week, HBO offered a two-hour documentary called "Going Clear." This portrayed the trials and triumphs of the Church of Scientology, which seems to wrap itself in quite some galactic promise.

To coincide with this (to me) slightly disturbing spectacle, astrophysicist and "Cosmos" presenter Neil DeGrasse Tyson warned Christians that they really shouldn't mock Scientologists.

He told the Daily Beast: "So, you have people who are certain that a man in a robe transforms a cracker into the literal body of Jesus saying that what goes on in Scientology is crazy?"

The wise-crackering upstarts at "Saturday Night Live" must have considered this for a nanosecond or two before deciding: "Nope. Scientology is just a bunch of controlling nutbags messing with people's heads to make money."

Last night they offered a spirited, spiritual re-rendering of Scientological faithful celebrating the idea of a church where "religion and science are intertwined."

Of course, they're not called Scientologists in this video. Could that be because the church, according to the HBO documentary, is quite adept in using the law to defend its celestial aims?

Here, we have the Church of Neurotology, which sounds like something that certain Googlies wish they had invented. Neurotology is "the Secret of Space."

The Neurotological faithful sing the praises of their organization out loud. They are exalted. They look like they're on drugs.

And how are religion and science intertwined here exactly? Why, "aliens live inside our minds." How very efficient. It's an uplifting celebration of how "machines can save mankind."

Why does it all seem so very like the Church of Silicon Valley?

I wish a Happy Easter to everyone, especially to the committed rationalists out there.