The rumors are that Tom Cruise, the world's most prominent scientologist, threatened the network that he wouldn't do any publicity for Mission Impossible 3 this summer, and since Comedy Central and Paramount, the movie's distributor, are both owned by Viacom, they caved in...I've seen one blogger resort to replacing some of the letters of "Scientology" with asterisks when writing about the subject, in order to avoid the website being found by Scientologists using Google.
This is a fairly serious matter, I think, given the history of Scientology using threats to intimidate individuals and media outlets from printing or showing any criticism at all of their little scam (and yes, that is precisely what it is).
I will not be that blogger. I will not be Comedy Central. I will stand up with Ed Brayton and say "Scientology is a scam."
I will link frequently to Operation Clambake.
I will link to the episode where it is available online. [Link replaced with working one.]
I will write Comedy Central and Viacom to protest.
Join me. The blogosphere is pretty well up in arms about this, but to any other bloggers who haven't written on this, please do so. Drop me an e-mail, if you like, I'll post links.