Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Sanguis bebimus, corpus edimus
Damien's birth draws nigh, and to mark the grim occasion Scientology's pin-up couple had Katie's "vow of silence" placards delivered to to their Beverly Hills mansion Monday.
The posters will surround Holmes as she gives birth, serving as a reminder to keep quiet, which must be difficult when you aren't allowed any painkillers.
One of the signs reads: "Be silent and make all physical movements slow and understandable."
Followers believe it is traumatic for babies to hear their mother scream or groan when giving birth. They think it can cause "psychic" damage, which takes years of therapy to overcome.
The cult’s creator, sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard, once said: "Maintain silence in the presence of birth to save both the sanity of the mother and child."
The doctrine stresses newborns cannot be poked or prodded for medical tests or spoken to for seven days.
I wonder if Ruth Gordon will be there to witness the birth?