Tom Cruise and Scientology:
Celebrity Impact on Religious Communities
Celebrities behaviors and decisions have always had a heavy influence on what society perceives as contemporary and trendy. The category of religion is no acceptance to this principle. Scientology is most recognized because of its affiliation with prominent public figures like Tom Cruise. Little seems to actually be understood about the practice of scientology, especially when it comes to pinpointing its’ fundamental values. Most conversations concerning scientology spiral around the latest gossip of who the most recent celebrity endorsement is from, rather than the principles of the religion itself. Just as quickly as Scientology was put on the public radar, it seems to have fallen off. In most recent news, Tom Cruise, once outspoken and a proud missionary of Scientology, has greatly distanced himself and has remained silent to the media’s enquiries. As celebrity popularity has dwindled, skepticism by the general public has heightened. It seems as if the essence of the religion itself has no power whatsoever on the way it is perceived by society, and that celebrity involvement is what gives it life. People are beginning to realize that Scientology may have been yet another publicity stunt used by the culturally driven religious industry to market celebrities, and give people something to talk about. However, it is undeniably impressive how powerfully a celebrity’s personal affiliation with something, in this case religion, can draw so much attention and influence of society as actively as Scientology has in the past decade.
Although we've written hundreds of articles about Scientology over the years, and other news organizations have contributed hundreds more -- not to mention the numerous books, television programs, and countless websites dedicated to the subject -- without fail we regularly run into people who ask us, "Yeah, but what is Scientology?"
Justin Bieber in Book Of Mormon Movie? (And What Scientology Can Learn From Mitt Romney's Religion) COMMENTS: 5 || ADD YOURS Last week at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone debuted their Broadway hit The Book of Mormon in L.A. previews and, following an enthusiastic opening, spoke about the catchy Mormonism-skewering play, future plans to adapt it into their third film musical. Parker even — half-seriously, I think — suggested who might be the perfect young actor to play the good-looking, All-American missionary hero who finds his dream of Latter Day stardom dashed when assigned to a remote African outpost with a schlubby, geeky partner. “Justin Bieber as Elder Price!” exclaimed Parker.
NEWS.com.au Cruise to quit Church of Scientology NEWS.com.au THE adopted daughter of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise is reportedly on the verge of leaving the Church of Scientology after her boyfriend's recent defection from the controversial religion.
CBC.ca Scientology book exposes religion's celebrity pandering: Neil Macdonald CBC.ca There's a new book generating a lot of voyeuristic delight across America, but good luck getting the Scientology expose in Canada.
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Scientology damages people. For proof, look no further than this bizarre anti-Scientology rap produced by a who's who of prominent apostate members of the cult—from its former top spokesman to Tom Cruise's former confessor to Cruise's Xenu-approved ex-girlfriend. It's like the We Are the World of the anti-Scientology movement.
The brainchild behind this all-star effort is Titziano Lugli, a Los Angeles-based Italian producer and musician who was ex-communicated from Scientology in 2010.
According to Orth, Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born, London-raised actress and Scientologist, was selected and dated Cruise from November 2004 until January 2005. Initially she was told only that she had been selected for a very important mission. In a month-long preparation in October 2004, she was audited every day, a process in which she told a high-ranking Scientology official her innermost secrets and every detail of her sex life. Boniadi allegedly was told to lose her braces, her red highlights, and her boyfriend. According to a knowledgeable source, she was shown confidential auditing files of her boyfriend to expedite a breakup. (Scientology denies any misuse of confidential material.) The source says Boniadi signed a confidentiality agreement and was told that if she “messed up” in any way she would be declared a Suppressive Person (a pariah and enemy of Scientology).
Though the first month of the relationship was bliss, by the second month Boniadi was more and more often found wanting, Orth reports. According to the knowledgeable source, anything she said or did that Cruise found fault with he immediately reported to a member of the Scientology staff, and she would be audited for it. This began with her very first words to him, “Very well done,” regarding his receiving Scientology’s Freedom Medal of Valor. The phrase implied that Cruise was her junior. According to the knowledgeable source, Boniadi also offended Scientology chief David Miscavige, who speaks rapidly, because she kept saying, “Excuse me?” when she was entertaining him and his wife during a visit to Telluride. In Scientology, the ability to have your communication “land” is crucial. Boniadi was excoriated by Cruise for disrespecting Miscavige. (A representative for Miscavige told Vanity Fair, “Mr. Miscavige doesn’t remember any girlfriend of anyone, in his entire life, insulting him.”)...
Scientology not a religion Washington Times As for Tom Cruise's belief in Scientology, P.T. Barnum, the American showman, once quipped: “There's a sucker born every minute.” PAUL KOKOSKI. Hamilton, Ontario.
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