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Posted at 8:10 AM ET, 11/24/2010

John Travolta and Kelly Preston welcome a son

By Liz Kelly

John Travolta and Kelly Preston. (Getty Images)

Kelly Preston and John Travolta have a new addition. Preston, 48, gave birth to a son, Benjamin, on Tuesday in Florida.

In a statement to People magazine, Preston and Travolta, 56, said they are "ecstatic and very happy about the newest member of the family. Both mother and baby are healthy and doing beautifully."

Last week, there was some speculation about whether or not Preston -- a Scientologist -- would have a silent birth, in keeping with Scientology's recommendation that no words be spoken by anyone -- including doctors and nurses -- in the delivery room.

Benjamin joins 10-year-old sister Ella Bleu. Travolta and Preston's son, Jett, died of a fatal seizure at 16 in 2009.

Source: People

By Liz Kelly  | November 24, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
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Did they put a ball gag in Kelly's mouth to ensure a silent birth? Wouldn't want the baby to be damaged.

Posted by: vickie105 | November 24, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Kelly and John! I am happy everything went fine with the baby. What is a Silent Birth? I hope we'll find out soon: "A silent birth is labor and delivery done in a calm and loving environment and with no spoken words by anyone attending. Chatty doctors and nurses, shouts to “PUSH, PUSH” and loud or laughing remarks to “encourage” are the types of things that are meant to be avoided.

The point of silent birth is NO WORDS. It does not mean a mother cannot make any sound during childbirth. It is doubtful that any woman could give birth without making any noise at all."

Posted by: LouanneLee | November 24, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

It is horrible horrible horrible to lose a child, even if you are a kook, and subscribe to kooky 'religions'. Having a replacement child may also be kooky, but the child doesn't know it, and deserves to be welcomed and celebrated.
As for the silent birth, after much further investigation we learned that it is just a way to make it peaceful, and to concentrate on taking care of the mother. This is laudable. I think Scientology is beyond ridiculous, and those who follow it foolish at best, but even they, in spite of themselves, can do a reasonable thing on occasion.
That said, I'm looking forward to others more creative than I to amusedly snark. I can only aspire to the comic genius of the great talents among us...

Posted by: agog1 | November 24, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

For an exact description of "silent" birth visit

Parents who are caring want to have a calm and loving environment to welcome their new baby into the world.

Posted by: DavidDq | November 24, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I am happy for Kelly that everything went fine with the birth!!! Maybe it was a silent birth (no words spoken, but not "no noise"). Maybe it was not, but who cares? In any case it is great that they made it!

Posted by: ElenaG1 | November 24, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I heard bells ringing yesterday, and my space started expanding. A Dianetical child is born!

Love and kisses to John & Kelly, & their beautiful new baby Thetan.

Kelly! I'm not a Scientologist but, now that you've dropped the load, let's do lunch?

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse


The core philosophy of Scientology (from the Latin: "knowing how TO KNOW! in the fullest sense) is identical to the wisdom carried forward for the last 11,000 years (with the Veda) through the millenia to include the Buddha and Jesus Christ:

A person is an immortal spiritual being; the body is just a vehicle. The spiritual being (with memories) continues after the body dies.

During the past 150 years, the idea of being a spiritual being has been trashed by psychiatry and psychology to be that a person is just an evolved animal operating on response/stimulus conditioning.

See for information that is NOT reported in the news.

If being a body (nothing more than a 2.5 pound brain sitting on a sack of chemicals that walks around on 2 legs) is what you think you are -- that's your right.

But simply to feel it is the height of humor to be "snarky" may be something you wish to reconsider.

NON-Scientologists who are human rights advocates, politicans, police, healthcare workers and religious leaders (to name a few) thank L Ron Hubbard for developing workable solutions to the major problems faced in today's world, and the Churches of Scientolgoy for making Hubbard's programs available to anyone.

Videos of NON-Scientologists acknowledging this are posted at (see the round icons of each of the major funded programs of Scientology to resolve long-term social problems).

Best wishes to you and others on this site for a fine Thanksgiving and a healthy and happy New Year.

Posted by: DavidDq | November 24, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Hubbard in his own voice, link above, on Jesus Christ: "There was no Christ."

At the more advanced levels, Scientologists learn that ALL RELIGIONS were implants, "pieces of R6," meant to deceive mankind here on prison planet Teegeeack, from the one truth: Scientology.

Baby Benjamin and family will celebrate Christmas, but it will be all about Santa, L. Ron and Xenu (lurking in the background on OTIII).

Scientology welcomes people of all faiths, because it makes it sound attractive and open, compared to other religions. It is not.

Indeed, it is all about the money.

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Please, Scientology Office of Special Affairs propaganda people, where's your member who pretends she's both a Hindu and a Muslim, and not a Scientologist? Had to ditch that sock did you?

What does (s)he have to say about the new celebrity scientology baby?

Remember, regular Scientologists are not allowed to read ANY articles which pertain to their members or anything about Scientology, because they might encounter "entheta."

In this case, entheta is the truth about Scientology hypocrisy, duplicity, lies, secrets and abuses.

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Y'all behave in here or else I'm sending in Michael Brea with his Freemason sword and we'll let the greatest architect in the universe figure it out.

Posted by: MStreet1 | November 24, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The trappings of religion - the incense, the special robes, the statuary -- are NOT the philosophy of the great spiritual leaders. They are add-ons and NOT the core wisdom.

WHAT L RON HUBBARD stated about Jesus Christ is in his lecture "Hope of Man", an excerpt of which follows.

(Note, there is a CD of his lecture at

Hubbard's lecture traces the spiritual wisdom of the great spiritual leaders that carried forth the truth that a person is a spiritual being, not a body. Here's the excerpt:

"...People poured out of China for centuries over torturous and dangerous mountains, snow-filled passes, to drop down into India just to come close to the area where Gautama Buddha had taught that there is hope and that the endless cycle of life and death does not have to continue, that an individual can be free even from this. Now, that's interesting, isn't it? Yet the ignorant deified him."

(DavidDq's comment: Hubbard is stating that people make God's out of spiritual philosophers. Hence, even Jesus Christ, one of the great spiritual philosophers, was made "the son of God". If a person feels this way, that's fine. It is still a path to spiritual enlightenment.)

Hubbard then continued:

"But, due to him, a great deal of this work was handed on and an enormous amount of what we call religion in this Western Hemisphere today was given to this Western Hemisphere directly by Gautama Buddha. It was filtered through the Middle East. "Love thy neighbor" was one of the first lessons he taught, and it is that lesson which we have received from the Middle East.

What I am telling you is that these people handed on a torch of wisdom, of information, generation to generation. It was handed along geographical routes, and one of those geographical routes was the Middle East. One of the people who handed it on was a man named Moses. Again it was handed on to a man named Christ. And he handed it on, and even the Arab nations benefited from this through their own prophet, Mohammed•

"These men I consider great spiritual leaders, because they gave to man, on down through the years, the hope that life could go on, that there was a spiritual side to existence, that the business of barter and gain was not all there was to life. And today, sitting in a materialistic society which almost vilifies anybody who speaks of the fact that you don't "die right away, and when you're dead, you're dead and you're dead, you see - you're dead!" - and right on down to this time, we are indebted to these men."

(Incidentally, I'm a business man and a Scientologist for 25 years. I do not work for any Church of Scientology nor any of its affiliated organizations -- AND I HAVE visited most of the anti-Scientology sites. Not sure what other Scientologists, but everyone has internet connection.)

Posted by: DavidDq | November 24, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I knew someone would come through! Thanks MStreet. I bow to you, ROTFL...

Posted by: agog1 | November 24, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Further comment: One could view every spiritual being as "the son/daughter of God" -- Scientology ABSOLUTELY acknowledges the existence of God (Supreme Being, Author of All -- different faiths have different terms).

Scientology does not use a bible nor has prayers -- as those are for each individuals' unique selection of faith. Scientology IS an APPLIED religous philosophy for use by anyone of any faith. It's total focus is increasing an individual's awareness of himself as a spiritual being (not a body).

Posted by: DavidDq | November 24, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: vassiton | November 24, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Collapsing under the pressure of their secrets and abuses as revealed on the web, Scientology needs the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard at this time more badly than ever.

As we welcome each CSB (Celebrity Scientology Baby) to prison planet Teegeeack, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in the belly of John Travolta's 707, we have to look for SIGNS.

Suri was promising but her shoe thing was more OJ than L. Ron. Plus, she's going on five now and still hasn't started chain smoking, for her health.

So could Baby Benjamin be the little smoker we've all been waiting for, to get this place in shape? We need to get the planet "clear" of all non-Scientologists, before it is too late.

When that is done, Ron said, build the Space Org. Begin clearing the Universe.

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

What really is in order here are huge congratulations for Kelly on her successful delivery of a wonderful baby boy. Both her and John deserve the most happiness possible with the addition to their family. I hope they and Bella have a delightful holiday filled with warmth with the arrival of Benjamin. God bless you all!

Having dealt with the pressure and turmoil of the last year, I'm shocked with the grace and humility this family has displayed. Everyone looking for a reason to pick on them should feel ashamed. Commenters should exhibit some dignity during the birth of a child and keep to yourself. I know it's a stretch for some to exert self control, but here's hoping we can be adults.

Posted by: nellycricket | November 24, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh nellycricket, you're "shocked with the grace and humility this family has displayed." LOL

You OSA people crack me up! Earth to Teegeeack. Earth to Teegeeack, do you read me?

It's a baby! It's not the second coming of L. Ron, or is it...

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Baby's first visit, should NOT be to Venus. In the above link, you can hear L. Ron Hubbard talking about how he was almost run over by a freight locomotive on Venus.

Can you see why a sane person might not want to follow this man's ideas about silent birth, obliterating psychiatry, preventing cancer by smoking more, and everything else?

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Across the world, many times when a Scientology recruiter is attempting to attract "raw meat" (L. Ron Hubbard's term for potential dupe) into this brainwashing scam, they will mention the names of John Travolta and Tom Cruise.

How do we know this? Because of the web! Ex-members of the Scientology cult are finally free to tell their stories. How they were lured in. How they got stuck. And for many, how they were abused by this cult.

Forced up an INCREASINGLY expensive "bridge to total freedom." What is supposed to be there? Super powers! The ability to perform time shifts or use the mind to move objects (telekinesis).

Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige, beats his underlings. This has been reported in several newspapers including THE NEW YORK TIMES.

When will Scientology celebrities wake up, and stop following this nutty sci fi writer's abusive cult?

Congrats on the baby, but please WAKE UP!

Scientology's reserve of young superstars has all but dried up. Young stars today are onto the cult. If they aren't, their agents are and tell them about it.

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

So happy for this beautiful couple! Whether they choose to practice
"silent birth" or not, is their choice and I respect them for that. They deserve all the happiness in the world! Congratulations John and Kelly!

Posted by: CorneliaDunn | November 24, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Dangit, no one told me it was Booby Kennedy day!

Posted by: Liz Kelly | November 24, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

A clever anon, used the above blog post about Scientology Adsense ads, and shows how one Scientology OSA (Office of Special Affairs) person descends on the comments section of an article, using different accounts, because the posts' date/time stamps are sequential, as follows:

11/23/2010 05:11 PM,theayec
11/23/2010 05:13 PM,BennyMore
11/23/2010 05:22 PM,Fab Sara
11/23/2010 05:34 PM,JeffSmado
11/23/2010 05:47 PM,millievaneasy,
11/23/2010 05:55 PM,Echton
11/23/2010 05:47 PM,CarlyleMoss

So, it is just one person pretending to be different people. Their heartfelt stories, birthing two children using the silent method or whatever, FAKE! Often, they will claim they are not scientolgists but think the method makes sense or whatever.

Scientology brainwashes members to lie to themselves, and others. They lie without even blinking. They think it is the only way to save the planet.

I'm mentioning this one person posing as many, because they do the same here.

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Nothing could be more telling about the psyche of a hater than seeing their behavior and reading their hate-speech.

Most people post congratulations to the happy couple.

The haters swarm in to attack a religion that's mentioned just in passing in the article.

Scientologists try to post educational information to show the haters are off-base.

The haters accuse any who oppose them of spamming and other nonsense.

Meantime, a family wisely ignores all this crap and goes on enjoying their new, wonderful baby.

Show a little joy!

Posted by: ReadMoreWatchLess | November 24, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

So what does the great Hubbard have to say about "the hater."

Low toned right? Needs to be "disposed of, quietly without sorrow."

Oh, that's just his answer for everyone who criticizes his money-sucking brainwashing cult, so I don't feel bad.

Scientology "blanks" people out, destroying their reactive mind, and allowing the Hubbard soup to be poured in.

Thus they appear zombie-like at times, but for the Sea Org members, that look is compounded by lack of sleep.

I like John Travolta! I think he's a good actor, better than Cruise. I wish he'd come out of the closet, but more than that, come out of the cult.

You too OSA shill. Think about it. Read Marty Rathbun's blog. He's nutz over L. Ron too, but he just couldn't take any more of David Miscavige, the vicious high school dropout who took over, when the cult zombies were all disoriented after Hubbard's death.

They thought he was going to live to be 200 years old, because he claimed to have control over the aging process.

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

L. Ron Hubbard, on raising children:

"Today's children will become tomorrow's civilization.

"Bringing a child into the world today is a bit like dropping one into a tiger's cage. Children can't handle their environment and they have no real resources.
They need love and help to make it.

"A child factually does not do well without love. Most children have an abundance of it to return."

Here's the link to the source:

Posted by: shrimpmummy | November 24, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"Educational information" LOL

Scientologists don't know their own cult, the true history of its founder, or all the things they are brainwashed to accept, step by step.

The best book is Russell Miller's BARE-FACED MESSIAH -- the true story of L. Ron Hubbard. It is online at the Clambake website, free or free to download in PDF. Scientologists are sometimes referred to as "clams" because in the History of Man, Hubbard explains how man evolved from the clam.

Miller is a distinguished British journalist who interviewed over 100 of the people closest to Hubbard, including many immediate family members.

You won't believe the life of this man. It is outrageous and stranger than fiction. Hubbard told the most ridiculous and unbelievable lies.

Wanna hear a few mentioned in Miller's book?

L. Ron Hubbard claimed he did oceanographic research for The National Geographic, and Harvard University. Journalists checked and neither had heard of him.

He also claimed he was the first person in a bathysphere. (A sphere under water.)

Throughout the sixties and even seventies, the cult used to have in Hubbard's bio that he grew up on a cattle ranch that was ONE QUARTER THE SIZE OF MONTANA.

I am not joking. This is the absolute truth. He grew up in a modest house on modest land. He flunked out of college and bought a fraudulent mail-order PhD from "Sequoia University." Truth has no meaning to his followers, except what it means in their fantasies.

Below is an excellent old TV documentary on Hubbard done by British television.

It gets interesting when they interview some of his very bright ex-followers (current ones wouldn't be allowed to talk) who tell stories about his eccentricities and his search for lost treasure, and his plans for world domination, of course!

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you shrimpmummy for that link to Hubbard on child rearing.

Everyone wants to raise their children according to the dictates of an insane megalomaniac like Hubbard.

Just look at the video I linked to on British TV.

Official cult links mean "crazy." Love for children when his own turned on him? His son Quentin killed himself to get away. Just read at the link below what Hubbard said upon hearing about the suicide death of his 22-year old son Quentin:

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Here's a link to the official biography of L. Ron Hubbard:

Do check it out. My view is: "Don't let anybody do your thinking for you", but that's just me.

Happy Thanksgiving and God bless....

Posted by: shrimpmummy | November 24, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse


I'm not big fan of Scientology critics but MrGrug is doing a fine job of enturbulating this place, whatever that might mean, and serving up the facts.

The funny part is that this OSA dude doesn't realize how super-obvious he is with these sock-puppets, or maybe he does and it's just the potential smacking he'll get from Miscavige if he stops posting is what keeps him going. These Scientologist think we're all stupid wogs, it's like a Nazi-eque hubris.

Posted by: rotalubrutne | November 24, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse


"Scientologists try to post educational information to show the haters are off-base."

LOL, why are you referrring to Scientologists in the third person? Don't you work for the Scientology Office of Special Affairs and isn't it your "job" to patrol the internet andd"handle" articles like this one? Honestly, Do you not realize how completely transparent you are?

Posted by: rotalubrutne | November 24, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey, happy Thanksgiving to you too Shrimpmummy, may Xenu bless your beans, and your "cult family," since you probably disconnected for most of your other relatives.

We're having a big family get together, locally, so I don't have to drive, and I'll be thinking of you, working the computer, juggling those accounts like you're a dozen people, "shattering suppression" with your super powers.

Again, may Xenu light your volcano and keep your Body Thetan clusters loose as a goose.

Posted by: MrGrug | November 24, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I think this [Precept #21 from L. Ron Hubbard's "THE WAY TO HAPPINESS"] is apropos to the occasion of the Travolta family's new baby - congratulations to them and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Link to video: [copy and paste into your browser 'navigation' bar]

And here's a transcript:

Sometimes others seek to crush one down, to make nothing out of one’s hopes and dreams, one’s future and oneself.

By ridicule and many other means, another who is evil-intentioned toward one can try to bring about one’s decline.

For whatever reason, efforts to improve oneself, to become happier in life, can become the subject of attacks.

It is sometimes necessary to handle such directly. But there is a long-range handling that seldom fails.

What, exactly, are such people trying to do to one? They are trying to reduce one downward.

They must conceive that one is dangerous to them in some way: that if one got up in the world, one could be a menace to them. So, in various ways, such seek to depress one’s talents and capabilities.

Some madmen even have a general plan that goes like this: “If A becomes more successful, A could be a menace to me; therefore I must do all I can to make A less successful.” It never seems to occur to such that their actions might make an enemy out of A even though he was no enemy before. It can be classed as an almost certain way for such madmen to get into trouble. Some do it just from prejudice or because they “don’t like someone.”

But however it is attempted, the real object of such is to make their target grow less and fail in life.

The real handling of such a situation and such people, the real way to defeat them is to flourish and prosper.

Oh, yes, it is true that such people, seeing one improve his lot, can become frantic and attack all the harder. The thing to do is handle them if one must but don’t give up flourishing and prospering, for that is what such people want you to do.

If you flourish and prosper more and more, such people go into apathy about it: they can give it up completely.

If one’s aims in life are worthwhile, if one carries them out with some attention to the precepts in this book, if one flourishes and prospers, one certainly will wind up the victor. And, hopefully, without harming a single hair on their heads.

And that is my wish for you:
flourish and prosper!"

Again, Happy Thanksgiving and Greetings of the Season!

Posted by: shrimpmummy | November 25, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

THE WAY TO HAPPINESS is "apropos" to EVERY occasion for the Scientologist, because it is the only way to freakin' happiness. L. Ron said so.

Happy Thanksgiving Valdis! If you get your stats up today, they'll give you Christmas off in ten years I hear.

Posted by: MrGrug | November 25, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I am an avid Scientologist living in MN. I say I’m a Scientologists because I am extremely proud of the daily contributions and assistance the parishioners of our religion provides worldwide. Just to mention a few: Worldwide Drug, Criminal and Educational reform, our tireless volunteer efforts in disaster hit zones (Haiti, 911, Katrina, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, etc.) and so many more.

Not to say readers or people are prejudice, but if you’re curious or want to know about a particular topic, be it Buddhism, piloting or even Astrology, etc., why seek out prejudicial people for info (not to say they're lairs)? Slated people though are the absolute worst sources for valid info. People should be encouraged and stressed to look for themselves. Go into a Buddhist temple, take a complimentary flying lesson, or talk to an Astrologist.

I have a friend who had always wanted to fly airplanes. Just as he was about to begin lessons, another friend totally disabused him of this notion by telling him “it is a very painful ordeal, its expensive, most pilots fail, the FAA is a bunch of cheats and flying is no fun”. This little piece of personal bias kept him from acquiring his license for nearly 2 years. It turned out, the friend (providing the advice) failed to mention he failed the FAA written exam 5 times before giving up.

This article is about John and Kelly though. Congratulations on your new arrival!

My wife and I had a Dianetic silent birth for our child 5 years ago. It was calm, peaceful and relaxing – not mention very respectful to my wife and child (birth could be described as one of the most traumatic moments in a person’s life). I will admit though, I wasn’t the one delivering (ouch). My wife’s birth plan include meeting with each attending hospital staff, nurses, and possible doctors, and placing “Turn your phone to Silent” & “No Talking” signs everywhere. On a negative note, I nearly had to escort the anesthesiologist OUT for her clueless, rude and pompous chitter-chatter and clanking of instruments during contractions. I don’t mess around when it comes to the sanity of my wife and child.

Wonderful News!
Warmest Regards,

Posted by: PepsiJuror | December 1, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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