The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 4: Tom Cruise

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On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#4: Tom Cruise


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In 2005, actor Tom Cruise fell in love. Like, hopelessly, famously, insanely in love. We know this because he expressed himself by jumping on furniture to show just how crazy in love he was with Katie Holmes.

You remember. It was an arresting moment. Why? Well, for a short time at least, this top-of-the-heap super-celebrity seemed to be coming apart at the seams.

He was jumping on Oprah's couch about Katie, but then, he was also getting into a strange debate about psych drugs with Matt Lauer, practically daring this country's mainstream media to debate him about his Scientology beliefs.

Even at the time, those of us in the Scientology watching community knew this was a huge moment.

For decades, celebrities like Cruise had made the mysterious church seem more intriguing, but it was something that the celebrities themselves seemed reluctant to discuss. Now, suddenly, Scientology was fair game.

If Tom's 2005 freakout opened a window onto Scientology, three years later, a 9-minute video of the actor really tore down the gates. The video had actually been made for a 2004 Scientology event in which Cruise was awarded the coveted International Association of Scientologists' Freedom Medal of Valor. If you've seen such events, you know that church leader David Miscavige likes to have video segments to show the audience. In this case, that took the form of a video interview with Tom which was clearly intended to pump up the audience with what a gung-ho, hardcore Scientologist he is.

But out of context, and shown to non-Scientologists, Tom's performance is simply bizarre.

Recently, for the first time, in this very countdown ex-Scientologist Patty Moher revealed that she was one of the people responsible for getting that video out to the world. Mark Bunker was another key part of that operation, as was Xenubarb. But after the video made it to YouTube, it was yanked down as Scientology tried to stuff a genie back in a bottle. Journalist Mark Ebner, however, delivered a copy of the video to Gawker's Nick Denton, and Denton would not back down to Scientology's threats as the video became a monster traffic success for the website.

But there's more to the reason Tom Cruise is on this list than his weird behavior on Oprah or the strange things he says on the IAS video.

As Amy Scobee explained recently to Mark Bunker for his upcoming documentary, Knowledge Report, that video had a very different effect on longtime, hardcore members of Scientology (which Scobee was at the time the video was first shown, in 2004).

Scobee described how hard it was to understand why Miscavige was treating Cruise, a pampered celebrity, like he was the ultimate, most loyal, and most effective example of a Scientologist. That felt like a slap in the face, she explained, to longtime executives who had not been pampered, who had endured years of meager pay, spartan conditions, and seemingly endless emergency orders. After all that hard work, it's a movie star who turns out to be the best example of a church member?

But Cruise seemed to relish that role. And that's what in part is so extremely strange about the man. There are other Scientologist celebrities who are gung-ho for the church, and who aren't afraid to speak out (a particularly humorless and unhinged actress comes to mind, but I'm not going to name her or she'll think she made the countdown). But Cruise is the only one who actually gives the appearance that, on some level at least, he's actually helping to run the everloving enterprise with his diminutive motorcycle buddy, Miscavige.

I think that sense has actually seeped into the larger culture, as well. If a certain Grease star, especially after the death of his son, seems more and more a pathetic victim, and if other celebrities, like an actress whose weight yo-yos, just seem clueless, Cruise actually has begun to scare people with how much he and Miscavige are joined at the hip.

I thought something Jane Lynch said the other night while she hosted the Emmy Awards was particularly telling:

"Katie Holmes is in the audience. I'd love to say something funny about her but I'm scared of her husband."

Was there even a single person watching who didn't get the implication of that joke? And that, to me, is about the best evidence you're going to get that Tom Cruise -- with his front-row cheering of David Miscavige, with his custom bike fashioned by penniless Sea Org members, and his willingness to, however briefly, become the aggressive, argumentative face for Scientology -- has badly damaged a brand that already had a creepy vibe.

But don't take it just from me. I asked Mark Bunker for his thoughts on the actor, and also Mark Ebner. First, some words from Wise Beard Man:

I like Tom Cruise. I'm a fan. I've been defending him far longer than I've been a critic of Scientology. He's a big, old fashioned movie star and I'm a big, old fashioned movie lover. I see no reason to stop liking the guy just because I don't like the organization he supports. So how do I feel about his career having been possibly harmed by the infamous Scientology tape which I had a hand in releasing to the net? Well, I'm OK with it. I'm not happy about it. I mean, I'm not a schmuck. But I take Cruise at his word that he loves Scientology. And I know Scientology loves Cruise. I think both parties should be proud of the tape and should want it to be seen. And now it is.

With Scientology crumbling, it is possible we actually may see Cruise leave Scientology someday. I think it would be good for him. He feels Scientology has helped his career but Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise because he's Tom Cruise. He has a charisma that comes through on film. He has star power. That's not something Scientology gave him. If they could do that, then everyone at the Celebrity Center would be a Tom Cruise megastar. Yes, even Frank Stallone. Tom Cruise doesn't need Scientology but Scientology desperately needs to hold on to Tom Cruise.

As I said, I also made the (journalistically questionable) decision to ask Mark Ebner to write up something on Cruise. Naturally, he sent over something very Ebneresque. You have been forewarned.

I've been making a cottage industry out of exposing Scientology since my Spy magazine story dropped in '96, and still, the number one question I get to this day is, "Is Tom Cruise Gay?" I really don't know, but his workout buddy (Scientology boss) David Miscavige tells me Tom's dick tastes like shit. I jest. Will Smith told me that. I kid. It was Travolta. Just joking. Ask his former wife Mimi Rogers, who, while discussing their split with Playboy in '93, said, ''Tom was seriously thinking of becoming a monk...he thought he had to be celibate to maintain the purity of his instrument.'' Her own instrument, she complained, ''needed tuning.''

I don't really care if Cruise gobbles knob. In fact, I championed his he-manlihood in Hollywood, Interrupted by referring to him as "the heterosexual Tom Cruise" no less than a dozen times. Still, if Cruise really did come out of the closet as urged in the Emmy-nominated "Trapped In The Closet" episode of South Park I consulted on, he'd really be my hero. Instead, I just think he's an asshole for constantly, shamelessly shilling for the criminal mind control cult of Scientology and their various front groups.

Marty Rathbun recently revealed that in 2003 the movie star plotted with former President Bill Clinton to lobby Tony Blair for tax breaks in the UK.

Not long after the 9-11 tragedy, Cruise landed like a vulture on Ground Zero to promote his New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project urging first responders to eschew traditional medicine in favor of his hero Hubbard's sham of a "purification" program.

The actor also tried to convert the cast and crew of War of The Worlds by bringing Scientology "ministers" onto the set, and as part of his "get 'em while they're young" campaign, convinced his pal Will Smith to open a Scientology-based elementary school in California.

So yeah, I think Cruise is a prick, but I still wouldn't fuck him with yours. Me? I may be glib, but as I write this I'm beginning to feel bad about the name-calling. I mean, it's kind of like picking on a retard, because Tom Cruise, as evidenced by the infamous Tom Cruise "crazy tape" that I delivered to a giddy Nick Denton of Gawker in January of '08, is, for all appearances, batshit insane. Cruise's maniacal giggling and gibberish-spewing on that tape transcends the kind of crazy evidenced by his couch-jumping episode on Oprah, and if I had a dollar for every hit (3 million and counting) Gawker got off the video I gave them for fun and for free, I'd be a wealthy man. Who's crazy now?


Thank you, Ebner. Thank you very much. I really can't think of anything to add after that onslaught, so I'll just finish with a plea directed to the Mission Impossible man himself.

Tom, you can leave. Just do it, pardner.


The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#1: L. Ron Hubbard
#2: David Miscavige
#3: Marty Rathbun
#4: Tom Cruise
#5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin
#6: Anonymous
#7: Mark Bunker
#8: Mike Rinder
#9: Jason Beghe
#10: Lisa McPherson
#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)
#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)
#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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Saje Williams
Saje Williams

Tom Cruise has Charisma?  ROFL.  He's really good at playing Tom Cruise, but I'm not sure that's the same thing.

Awake
Awake

Make your voice count and sign this petition to investigate scientology's fraud & abuses http://wh.gov/4Os

AlwaysCoco
AlwaysCoco

We're missing the Big picture...TC and David are soul mates ( U know Soul Mates?!!) Let's concentrate on saving the beard, Katie and the child! Ebner, I bow to u my friend!

Torychristman
Torychristman

Excellent!!! On my list Anonymous was 4, Tom Cruise 3, Davey boy 2, and L Ron Hubbard #1...as had he not written his abusive policies, we wouldn't have this list, eh? However...I'm happy Tommy boy IS on the list, as no question...he IS responsible for showing the world what a Scientology "OT" Celebrity actually sounds like, on the "inside". Way to go, Tommy boy!!!

Scientologee
Scientologee

Here is why the celebs rarely leave: culties are made to produce OW's...which is like a write up of bad things you have done in your life. Bad things, bad thoughts, etc. You are made to write up EVERY SINGLE ONE, even if it takes months. There are folders 10 feet thick on some people, that the 'church' uses to defame blown members. That is why Cruise will never leave, or Travolta.

Marcotai
Marcotai

Interviewer; "Who are you?"

Tom; " I'm a Scientologist"

Interviewer: "No...I mean who you really are?"

Tom: " I told you, I'm a Scientologist!"

The rest of the comments in here are just dictated by ENVY toward Tom Cruise and HATRED toward his Religion.Nothing else, nothing more. Period.

johnny d
johnny d

But, Scientology works and it helps people !!

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

Great points!   When I was in the rank and file Sea Org (Scientology's lifer religious order staff) I lamented so much attention on the "celebs" but it was the one sector (Watchdog Committee is divided into about a dozen sectors) that has been "effective" over the years, with its ups and downs, but I realized that is because of society's own personality, the need to look up to "role models" which celebs provide.  

Scientology's use of celebs is a sociological fault every group that uses celebs falls for.   

Celebs could/can fake "results" and mouth public testimonials about Hubbard's pseudo-therapy, better than average people.

Cruise simplified things for Miscavige.

Cruise is a number 1 guy, who the number 1 guy in Scientology can devote his valuable time to.

Andrew Morton's book is well worth a read or re-read,

The best TV documentary done on Cruise I think is by Paul Degeneve the French TV show producer. It's on YouTube, and has the Rhona Barret interview clips from Cruise's early interviews.

(Your series on Scientology needs to be put in a book or standalone site, for future researchers, thanks again for covering it all! You've hit a lot of details just NOT included anywhere else publicly, THANKYOU!)

Endscientologynow
Endscientologynow

Tony, you did not give explicit evidence to why he's one that 'Crippling Scientology'.  Implicitly, yes, he's done more to attract stinging bees to the flower.

When I had a Ph.D. Scientist member of my direct family (not the M.D. Psychiatry member, which is another story) watch the Pooks-leeked video in 2008 and tell me, "is this Cruise individual really that stupid?"  I knew that my suspicions about Scientology as a potential cult were justified.

So, that statement started a dialogue in which I asked questions.  Questions that involved a 30 minute discussion about beliefs and the meaning of a destructive cult.  My own personal revelations from that conversation justify Tom Cruise's place on your list, but your write-up lacks evidence for his placement.  Ebner's narrative has impact but it is very subjective.

I think that your write-up is acceptable, but lacks the objective impact.

My two cents.

Bruno S
Bruno S

Stop swallowing...um...this nonsense, Tom.

Bruno S
Bruno S

Stop swallowing...um...this nonsense, Tom.

SethRG9
SethRG9

I'd love to hear what Cruise's favorite scientology book is... what means the most to him?  

candace6
candace6

I'll bet none of you would say these horrible things to Tommy's face.  Or anywhere in his vicinty.You're all glib.

Dorothy
Dorothy

Dear Tom,

You had me at "Xenu"

Mia
Mia

Anyone who is against the destructive cult of Scientology should boycott all movies and TV shows that  star Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Will Smith,  etc. We should also boycott any product they endorse. Their money helps Scientology ruin people's lives.Spread the word!!

Is this battletoads?
Is this battletoads?

I read on  another site that when Tom Cruise swaggers into a scilon base or org they have a script or protocol,staff and members behave and speak a certain way and he is shielded from anything negative.Is any of this true or does he see it warts and all?

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

I cringed when I read  'Scientology's Big Gay Problem' on the Morton Report. It should be titled " Skip Press's Big Gossip Problem" because that's all it really is.   mjm, studios determine with the director/producers where a wrap party will be, not the actors, especially unknown actors like Tom Cruise was when the filming of Risky Business ended. He only became famous and worth some clout after the movie came out and made him famous. For people who don't know what a wrap party is, it's a big party held after the filming of a money is completed.

MarkStark
MarkStark

One unique thing about the Tom Cruise video, is that it goes against cult rules of how Scientology is to be presented or represented to the public. For example, in the commercials and endorsements, I've never heard a Scilon enthuse about KSW or fantasize about an SP-free world 100 years in the future.

The video was meant for an in-cult audience only and indulges in their shared delusion of "knowing," being the ONLY ones who can... and things like Cruise having already introduced  LRH tech to over a billion people.

Without them even knowing it? With his brain beams? By seeing one of his movies?

bulldogSP
bulldogSP

ROTFLMAO, This thread is going to heat up faster than a junkies spoon.

Tom is DM's twin so he's pretty much a loss cause. The one I feel sorry for is Katie Holmes and her daughter. Thank goodness his adopted daughter got the hell out.

The way I see it, you keep hiding shit from the world...eventually the world comes to your front door.

Anna Asks
Anna Asks

This one seems to have struck a Scientology nerve.  Three non-Marcotai pro-Tom Cruise comments already!

I agree that Tom Cruise of the past, memorialized in You Tube clips and wacky press-worthy babble quotes ("Matt, you don't know the history of psychiatry but I DO!!!") rates at #4.  But if he stays in and his buddy Dave gets REAL MAD and panics, I predict that TC will unleash a series of ill-thought-out comments or interviews and rise even higher in the ranks of those crippling Scientology.  That is because he honestly believes he's "helping", whereas I'm pretty sure that the Travoltas and others have doubts.

Winnie Perot
Winnie Perot

another story about the same nonsense! let this guy do whatever the heck he wants....he's super talented, that's the only thing the public should care about....the movies he gives us

sharkattacksteve
sharkattacksteve

I would just like to thank Tom, Tommy D, DM and most especially vaLLarrr for giving me a "hobby" to keep myself busy the last 3 + years.

When I first starting trolling YouTube I told vaL " If $cientology wasn't so dangerous, you clowns would be the Kings of Hilarious". Still true.

PattyMoher
PattyMoher

Tom Cruise # 4!   Fucking nice!  After I read your article, including Ebner's hysterically funny write up, the first thing I thought of is, what are the Scientologists that are still in the cult going to think of this?  I'm sure they understand why you included the already known SP's but I'm also pretty sure they don't fully get why you named Tom Cruise # 4!.  Many of them really don't get it and will attribute it to the "fact" that you're just an evil being controlled by the psychs/big pharma/the 12 International bankers.  I mean, what else could it be?  Tom Cruise, crippling Scientology??  This may cause some of them to actually read the article.  Which would be nice. 

Tom Cruise Scientology Video - ( Original UNCUT ) now has over 7 million hits on Youtube and endless parody videos that are almost as funny.  A big shout out to the brave anonymous Scientologist that sent me the video 5 years ago.  You did good.

MaryAnne Molina
MaryAnne Molina

I wonder, what if Brad Pitt or Geroge Clooney were Scientologists? Would they get the same slack as TC? 

MaryAnne Molina
MaryAnne Molina

It unfortunate that Tom Cruise can't live his life the way he chooses without beings judged for every single action. He is Tom Cruise, one of the best actors of all time, and that should be what people talk about, who cares what his religion is. There are tons of religions, not all of them are for everyone, not everyone understands the principles in each. 

Anna
Anna

This article comes out of the perception of one person. From what I've heard, Scientology is far from being crippled, and it continues to grow; with new churches being built all the time. So easy to build a story out of conjecture and imagination when one really has nothing to write about. Village voice's anti-scientology agenda is becoming tiresome, especially with the way it digs up old news, photos and videos and repackages it to sound new and inventive.

Jgg
Jgg

  Tony, a good summary, but you left out one thing: for 20 years, TC's publicist, Pat Kingsley (a respected pro in the industry) would not let TC discuss Co$--she knew how controversial it was.  Then, in 2004, Davey (who I assume is #1) convinced him to drop Kingsley, replace her with TC's sister (also a scientologist) and he started discussing his religion, arguing with psychs about chemical imbalances, criticizing Brooke Shields for taking Praxil, jumping on couches, whatever.  It shows what Co$ does to the brain; without it, Tom Cruise might be no different than Tom Hanks.

  And btw, we don't care if someone is gay--Julius Caesar and Socrates were both bisexuals, among other things.

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

But he cares so "very, very, very, very much," at least he CLAIMS to.  Tom Cruise cannot be such a brick-skulled zombie as to not know what is going on in Scientology.  He would look into the claims made by people he knows.  He MUST be aware of the claims.  The ex-members are not strangers, as many have said they know and like Tom.  The same for John Travolta, Kirste Alley, and the rest.  The "Church" must have a load of dirt on the celebs to keep them quiet for so long.

mjm
mjm

did anybody read Skip Press's two parter 'Scientology's Big Gay Problem' on the Morton Report website?

btw, I know from a trustworthy source that Cruise & co. had the Risky Business wrap party at the gay discotheque Dugan's Bistro in late '82.

Schockenawd
Schockenawd

Tony, you nailed it with this.  You put into words all the thoughts that had been rolling around in my head about Tom Cruise for years.  Back in the day, before I knew anything about Scientology, I must have watched Top Gun about 100 times, drooling every time.  But, I haven't seen a Tom Cruise movie in years, and I won't.  I can't look at him and see anything other than a delusional lemming.  Of course, he's got the biggest smile and whitest teeth of all the delusional Scientology lemmings.  So, while they're all firmly ensconced in the us-versus-them mentality that is at the root of Scientology's stranglehold on so many, TC's charisma and fame assure him the wealth of comforts he enjoys on the backs of his fellow Scientologists.  He should be ashamed.  Maybe someday he will be.

MarcAbian
MarcAbian

A minor nitpick. When criticizing Scientology's CEO Miscavige, poking fun at him for being a little person (the description people who are affected by dwarfism prefer for themselves) by using an adjective like "diminutive" diminishes the impact of the criticism, since being a little person is obviously not something worthy of derision.  There are crimes and abuses aplenty to criticize him for.

I know some people poke fun at him this way in the hopes that this will rile him up, since it is rumored that he reads anything that mentions his name in public. Perhaps he was bullied as a child by the tall mean boys.  Now he has become meaner than the meanest of the mean boys, beating up and bullying people around him, possibly as a psychological defense so as not have to think of himself as the victim he once was when he was an innocent little kid.

He deserves no mercy today, just he has displayed no mercy for the innocents he has victimized.  But calling him names for being a little person only draws attention away from the actual criticisms. It diminishes the dignity of the reader who is forced to either go along with the distasteful joke or to bristle at it and at the author.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Just out of curiosity, how much of David Miscavige went into TC's Les Grossman?

Raymond Hill
Raymond Hill

"They said... 'So, have you met an SP?' HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA" (4m 12s)

Or how to do a great audition tape for someone looking to play a unhinged Bond villain.

Anon A
Anon A

All critics of Scintology do indeed owe Tom Cruise a huge debt of gratitude."Why ask permission?", indeed.  LOL

MarkStark
MarkStark

In the video, instead of wearing the "emperor's new clothes," Tom wore Scientology's everyday wear and instead of one little boy, everyone who isn't in the cult can see he's nakedly nutz.

Aside from people in the cult, who were turned on by the video for the most part, there's still a vulnerable audience to this video, such as people who do not speak English very well. For that reason, I'd like to acknowledge the tag team of several dozen critics and others who have contributed to the comment section of the video on YouTube. This is necessary since the video is "handled" by VaLLarrr and other Scilon sock-shills.

In a video search of "Scientology" alone, the Tom Cruise video has topped the list in the years since it was posted. I'm pleased Tom is in the top 5, but I would have put him #2, because in the long run, the public still won't know who-the-f David Miscavige or Marty Rathbun are, so Tom and his video will continue to keep vulnerable "raw meat" out of the cult.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman

I was wondering who would be #4.   At this point, the only reasonable candidates for the remaining 3 slots are Marty Rathbun, David Miscavige, and L Ron Hubbard -- probably in that order.

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

Sorry - Tom Cruise may be a big movie star, but the problem is he is more joined at the hip with David Miscavige than any of us know.   I used to think he was just naive, but after seeing that video tape and watching him on the Today Show, I saw that he had taken on the persona of David Miscavige.  It was like watching a tape of DM rant and put down Matt Lauer.   Then the stories came out about Sea Org members working night and day to build and then rebuild his personal Limo, airplane hanger, home, even find him a proper wife.   No he is not just naive, he is complicit with the abuse and actions taken by his best man David Miscavige.  

Amy Scobee is correct.   The first thing many of us former Sea Org members thought when DM uttered the statement that Tom Cruise was the most dedicated Scientologist I know was what about all those hard working billion year contracted Sea Org members?   Even the lowliest janitor or dishwasher in the Sea Org is more dedicated than a multi millionaire pampered celebrity like Tom Cruise who couldn't even use his own star power to find himself a wife!  He needed those Sea Org members to do it for him.  

Tom Cruise, winner of the Simon Weisenthal Award this year for tolerance, is more the poster child for looking a blind eye at the abuse all around him.  After all, other than DM, who benefits more from it?

Sid
Sid

One day a movie will be made of Tom's life, and right now the first half of that movie does not look good. He could go down with the sinking ship, and be forever tainted with his relationship with a violent sociopath, or he could turn into a modern day Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, and try and end the madness with some shred of credibility.

MarkStark
MarkStark

A story I must tell. When I tried to explain some of the peculiarities about Scientology to a relative -- Xenu, Lisa McPherson, clearing the planet, war against the Evil Psychs, Fair Game -- they still saw it as something that must have lots of redeeming qualities if Tom Cruise were involved with it. 

Then I emailed him a link to the Tom Cruise video. He thought it was nuts and scary. Tom Cruise is not the parts we see him play on the screen. He is really Tom Cruise, Scientologist.

I for one, do not think Cruise is ever going to snap out of his delusion. For example, if he ever has a "cog" that David Miscavige beats his underlings, he will believe it is because they need a good beating.

Carmen
Carmen

So now it's 'Pooks, Ebner and Bunker" who got the Tom Cruise video out?Xenubarb says she's not pleased.

F_Randy_Hullabaloo
F_Randy_Hullabaloo

Ebne's last paragraph is going to have me in stitches all weekend!  I'm so glad he contributed to this one. 

Yeppir
Yeppir

I lurves me some TC: “My opinion is, look, you're either on board or you're not on board, OK? Which is it? If you're on board, you're on board, just like the rest of us. Period.”  [Note:  DEFINITELY NOT ON BOARD.]

[…]

“Because you're carrying my load, all right, and as much as you're carrying, I still have got to do more. There's still a thing of 'let's go.'” [I know.  That thing of let's go.  It gets you every time. ***backing away from the kooky guy***]

[…]

"You can see the look in their eyes. You know the ones who are doing it, and you know the spectators, the ones who are going , 'Well, it's easy for you. That thing, I've cancelled that in my area. [Laughs] It's like, man, you're either in or you're out. That spectatorism, I've no time for it. That is something we have no time for now.”  [ huh?] Yeah.  Crazy, man!  Far out!  (And not in a 60s kind of way. . .)

MarkStark
MarkStark

A book could be written about the Tom Cruise video. It's a bad accident you can't take your eyes off -- appropriately showcased in Gawker --  and from it, we learn that Scientologists think they are the ONLY ones who can REALLY help at accidents. Tom Cruise said so. And what Tom Cruise says is of special significance because he's a superstar actor who follows the assorted writings of a pulp science fiction writer?

It can be daunting to try to grasp Scientology by reading any or all of Hubbard's nutty books. Some are full of banal common sense. Others are nuttier than a fruitcake. The Tom Cruise video gives a good overview of what it is REALLY about. And it is both chilling and hilarious.

With the barest knowledge of Hubbard's ideas about "clearing the planet," the video takes on strong fascist overtones. Like Scientology, the Nazis had to have their own language, levels of communication and activities that had to be kept secret from the public.

In Nazism, they called extermination of Jewry in extermination camps, being "treated accordingly" and even in high level internal meetings. It was the "final solution" of "the Jewish question."

Likewise, Scientology couches their destruction of psychiatry under an organization called "Citizens Commission on Human Rights."  Their attacking and attempted destruction of critics is fair as in "Fair Game."

Throw in a big load of crap about it being all about helping, when it is really about greed and power, and there you have it: Sci-loon-tology.

So hit me with the Godwin's Law crap, biaaatches.

Your Image
Your Image

Just exactly how did Cruise become a star? When he started he was just as talented as 100's of others. Long post short. What behind the scenes tricks did Miscavage have done to"help" his career? It wouldn't take many. Like the scene in Godfather 1 with the studio chief. My guess is, this is the area that the Co$ holds over Cruise. 

If true, his whole career is a fake! Sure, he made movies. She Tom run. See Tom get angry. See Tom do a stunt!Hum, if even 1 itsy bitsy piece of this is true is would be shattering to Cruise and should be bucket of cold water in the face his "celebrity friends."I you really want to see Miscavage go nuts start talking about this!Tony, you are freeing many. THANK YOU!

veritas
veritas

I applaud Tony for pointing out the comment by Jane Lynch at the Emmy's.  What has become household knowledge to the outside world about Tom's affiliation with the church is now becoming a personal responsibility to the truth-sink or swim Tom cause the ship's goin' down

greebly
greebly

Like most who join the Co$ they join to help the world, searching to do some good.They themselves are or were wonderful, helpful and enthusiastic people.

If you want to study elements of "Scientology" outside the Co$ go for it. But financially supporting an organisation that controls it's members based on physical abuse, disconnection and other forms or coercion isn't helping the world.

So Mr Cruise feel free to leave and state the fact publicly and that you are happily enjoying life outside the Co$. Integrity is something you hold dear and by doing this you will have shown what you truly believe in.

Heather G
Heather G

What does one say after Ebner???

Tom, split the cult, man.

Hartley Patterson
Hartley Patterson

Funny thing that Cruise video. Looking back it may seem inevitable that one of the many crazy films made by the cult and its critics would go viral, but at the time we were all boggled to the max when it brought the Anonymous hive mind buzzing onto the streets.Such is the magic of the Internet. Keep posting and your 15 minutes of fame will come!

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