Tom Cruise’s auditor: Cruise abused parishioners, Sci planned his divorce

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This story is huge and is sure to be all over the tabloids next week. It’s somewhat complicated so I’ll try and give some background first. In late June, four former very high up members of the “church” of Scientology gave explosive tell-all interviews about the workings of the organization to the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. (The Scientology world headquarters are located in Clearwater, Florida, about a half hour drive from St. Petersburg.) All four of the former high ranking Scientologists were willing to go on the record with incredible stories of abuse committed by Scientology head David Miscavige, a personal friend of Tom Cruise. Miscavige regularly physically beat the crap out of people working for him, threatened them, and subjected them to weeks of confinement. The culture of the organization involves abuse, fear and intimidation, according to these defectors, who also admitted having beaten staffers on Miscavige’s orders. (If you’d like to learn more about this, you can read the Scientology expose on TampaBay.com or watch the video below.)

One of the former Scientologists who revealed the inner workings of the cult was “Inspector General” Marty Rathbun. Rathbun told the St. Petersburg Times that he’s the person who audited, or helped indoctrinate, Tom Cruise. Rathbun never gave details of Cruise’s “confessions” during the auditing sessions, and only mentioned that he worked with him. As a result, Cruise’s lawyer sent a letter to Rathbun criticizing his choice to go public with this information, claiming that auditor/parishioner relationships were similar to those between a priest and parishioner. The important thing about this letter is that it essentially confirms that Rathbun was Cruise’s auditor:

Dear Mr. Rathbun:

I represent Tom Cruise. Apparently you have repeatedly announced to the public that you were Tom’s “auditor” at the Church of Scientology, and you have used that announcement, including Tom’s name, on your website to promote your business or profession.

This is not only a serious invasion of Tom’s privacy and a violation of the priest-penitent relationship, it is the unauthorized use of Tom’s name to promote a business or professional venture, which is a clear violation of Tom’s common law and statutory rights.

Just imagine a Catholic Priest leaving the Church and then trying to drum up business as a lay-therapist by advertising that he had been Frank Sinatra’s confessor. Most people would consider that disgusting and reprehensible. Yet, what you are doing is exactly the same.

It just shouldn’t be done Mr. Rathbun. So please stop.

Sincerely,

Bertram Fields

[From Mark Rathbun.com]

Tom Cruise abused members; His divorce from Nicole Kidman was coordinated by Scientology
So now we know for sure that Rathbun was a high-ranking Scientologist and that he worked with Cruise, because Cruise’s lawyer is confirming it. Rathbun’s letter in response to Cruise’s lawyer, posted on his blog, details the abuses committed by leader Miscavige and the ways that Cruise was manipulated and controlled by the cult. Rathbun, who works as a counselor for former cult members, claims that he’s worked with people who have been personally abused by Cruise. This type of abuse was endemic in Scientology and Rathbun openly admitted doing the same and attacking people on Miscavige’s orders.

What’s more is Rathbun alleges that it was Miscavige who arrange for Cruise’s divorce from Nicole Kidman, and it was Miscavige who had Tom’s agent fired and replaced by his sister, which ended up a public relations disaster for the star. Rathbun’s claim that Cruise had to be audited right around the time of his divorce is completely consistent with fellow defector Jason Beghe’s statement that Cruise was “out” of Scientology for 10 years, during the time he was married to Kidman, and that it was Miscavage who brought him back into the fold. It looks like Miscavige convinced him to dump Kidman too.

This letter is long and we’re just including a segment. The pertinent parts are bolded:

Unfortunately, you apparently have been misinformed about my public utterances as well as my web blog reference. Nowhere have I used my past relationship with Tom for purposes of promoting either a business or profession. I do not run any business. I have never used Tom’s name in a promotional context. I am a person who helps many people who have been abused by David Miscavige.

That includes someone you know personally, Mike Rinder, whom I witnessed Miscavige savagely beat on at least a dozen occasions. Bert, I am not talking about an isolated incident. I am referring to more than a dozen incidents wherein David Miscavige performed aggravated assault on the same person you and your lovely wife dined with at the Celebrity Center. Three witnesses to this type of activity on Miscavige’s part corroborated me a series of articles published in the St. Petersburg Times 21-23 June. You can view that multi-media presentation at the following link:

http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/project/

Since that initial series another eleven eye witnesses to Miscavige’s human rights violations have stepped forward and gone on record. Their accounts can be seen at the following link:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1023717.ece

Each public utterance I have made concerning Tom has been made in his defense. I witnessed Tom’s career and public image plummet following Miscavige orchestrating the firing of Pat Kingsley and replacing her with Tom’s Scientologist sister so that Miscavige could manipulate Tom’s public discourse and censor Tom’s exposure to information concerning Miscavige’s human rights abuses. I have defended Tom – while keeping his confessions sacrosanct – by emphatically emphasizing that Tom’s questionable public behavior in 2004 and 2005 was simply a reflection of Miscavige’s influence; and that prior to Miscavige imposing himself into every aspect of Tom’s life he was a caring, loving family man, dedicated to worthy social causes, and was the nicest person anyone would ever want to meet.

“This is not only a serious invasion of Tom’s privacy and a violation of the priest-penitent relationship, it is the unauthorized use of Tom’s name to promote a business or professional venture, which is a clear violation of Tom’s common law and statutory rights.”

I have not and would never disclose any confidences of Tom’s nor anyone else’s whom I have counseled. If Tom has concerns about that type of activity he should be very concerned about the activities of Miscavige. He has shown he is willing to do precisely what you have mistakenly accused me of doing. Miscavige and his Church sycophants have been roundly criticized for the wholesale public disclosure of coerced confessions in response to the whistleblowing actions of myself, Mike, Tom Devocht and Amy Scobee (reference the St Pete Times Truth Rundown Series).

For more on Miscavige’s proclivity for using confessions for purposes of blackmail, coercion and control please see my video taped interview segment at: http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/project/rathbun.shtml

If Tom is worried about me mentioning his name and the fact of my having audited him, again his concern should more properly be directed at Miscavige. Not only did Miscavige direct the public release of confessions, he suborned the perjury of a number of his underlings, and specifically had them state under oath that I never had a position of authority within the Religious Technology Center and had no training as an auditor. The best evidence of that perjury is that in 2001 through 2003 Miscavige personally assigned me as Inspector General RTC – the second highest ecclessiastical position in the religion – to coordinate Tom’s divorce from Nicole and to serve as his auditor.

Notwithstanding the fact Miscavige has directed his people to publicly call me a “f’ng lunatic”, “psychotic”, “thug with an emeter”, “apostate”, “deprogrammer”, and “hit man” you and Tom have enough experience with me to know I can maintain my composure under pressure. I have done just that to protect Tom at every turn.
Dozens of former Church members have turned to me livid about Tom’s continuing public support for Miscavige. I have dissuaded each and every one of them from attacking Tom publicly. I have also counseled people who were abused by Tom personally – in matters that eerily resemble the behavior of Miscavige – to give Tom the time to get educated and do the right thing which I have convinced them he ultimately will do.

[From MarkRathbun.com]

Glosslip, a celebrity site which often runs in-depth articles exposing Scientology, claims that Rathbun isn’t explicity stating that Cruise beat people, but that “I have since been informed that it is unlikely Tom Cruise has physically assaulted any public members of Scientology, but rather used his power and influence within Scientology to humiliate, embarrass or otherwise destroy individual’s reputation or lives within the organization.” I don’t know. Given all we’ve heard about the hundreds of instances of abuse committed by Scientology leaders, along with Rathbun’s admission that he personally attacked members on many occasions, I don’t think it’s so far-fetched to believe that abuse means physical abuse in this case.

Does this mean that Cruise is an abusive person and does he control his young wife with physical violence? We know that the head of Scientology is a crazy, abusive, power-hungry person who will stop at nothing to control people. He also happened to be the best man at Tom Cruise’s wedding. It’s not that much of a logical leap to wonder if Cruise is emulating his spiritual leader Miscavige in some very scary ways. On the other hand, I’ve also heard that great pains are being taken to shield Cruise from the darker, slimier aspects of Scientology. It’s possible it’s all wheat fields, free vacations, and smiling blank-eyed sycophants for Cruise. Either way, the guy is in pretty deep with a criminal organization.

Here’s an interview with Marty Rathbun in which he talks about Miscavige’s abuse:

[Thanks to Dr. Dave Touretzky and Glosslip for the tip]

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  1. captain america says:

    she just saw it clear: SCIENTOLOGY SUCKS!!

  2. HEB says:

    Save Katie!!!

  3. Terryeo says:

    I am so glad I left that cult…

  4. chew says:

    This man is very dangerous!

  5. Terryeo says:

    fyi it’s “Rathbun”, not “Rathburn”

  6. Lem says:

    now that’s gossip!
    THIS should get very interesting!

  7. Your Friend says:

    the photo with him and his son and the dude in suits is creepy man….seriously

  8. Celebitchy says:

    @Terryeo I will fix that, thanks!

  9. Aussie says:

    Is this what you do and how you behave, to show you can be in charge, rise to the top. Behave like a Nazi? Shame on you Tom.

  10. Kate says:

    Don’t bring Catholic into your bullshit religion…Cruise couldn’t handle being a Catholic and became a freak.

  11. Terryeo says:

    @YourFriend: That’s David Miscavige. check out http://whoisdavidmiscavige.com

  12. Green Is Good says:

    What’s with the saluting? These guys are so freaking creepy.

    An alleged “church” where short Napoleonic Complex douche-bags salute each other? That doesn’t raise any red flags?

  13. Mia C says:

    That video is terrifying- because that guy is absolutely telling the truth.

  14. Firestarter says:

    What’s up with the velvet suits the Four Tops would have worn back in the 1960′s?

  15. MSat says:

    Ok, this is beyond F-ed up, even for Hollywood. But you have to wonder, why would they go to a local daily paper instead of a bigger media outlet? I sure hope this guy has security – those scientology freaks will be harassing him non-stop now.

  16. Diane says:

    I’ll need to paraphrase but, L Ron Hubbard said, “Control Hollywood and control the world.” Celebrity enticement into the fold appears to be the goal.

    None of this is surprising, (I’m pleased to see it in the news).

    Miscavige had a wonderful role model in L Ron Hubbard = )

    (Good article, I’ll read the Tampa Bay link later)

  17. Kevin says:

    I can’t believe Tiny Tom used to be my favorite actor. I would like to know what Mimi Rogers knows or thinks about this. Not that that it would be good for her to expound on it. I seem to remember her saying something to the effect that he didn’t like sex. He thought it was dirty or unclean or something. In my experience, if you are doing it right, its damn dirty! Hells to the yeah!!

  18. Michelle says:

    Another day, another honest story about how f’d up the “Church” of $cientology is.

    I pity anyone who gets caught up in the cult. I’ve had close family members succumb to it (I am a proud SP) and know firsthand it ain’t pretty.

  19. Pole says:

    I’m glad Nicole got out of that relationship. Tom Cruise is a creepy man. I wonder how much Katie knew before she got involved with him.

  20. Ursula says:

    I have not seen anywhere in the article where it says Tom beat people. He doesn’t seem the kind to beat people or abuse anyone. We will see what happens. Hopefully the truth will come to light.

    This guys is saying that he tried to protect Tom’s image, why protect someone he thinks is abusive?

  21. Just a Poster says:

    I think Katie made a deal with the devil on that union.. and only now is she wising up.

    A day late and a dollar short for that girl.

  22. Ggirl says:

    I looked at the organizations website and ordered a pamphlet. I admit I was curious about whatever their philosophy was. They sent me a list of books I could BUY from their organization. This confirmed what they are all about: $$$$. I also received an email from the local Scientology chapter that is not even in my state and they told me to come to this meeting and told me the time and it started. I am paraphrasing but it said something similiar to this: “The meeting starts at XX:XX am SHARP”. In other words, I was being ordered to attend and be there exactly when they told me to. I didn’t like the tone of the email. From the information I received from this dubious organization, the two messages I came away with is “Do what we say and bring your money”. And this is just me visiting the website and asking for some general information. They apparently don’t seem to have much of a valid basis for their belief systems; at least not from what I can tell. Ooops I forgot. I needed to PAY for it first. So NOT like Chrisitianity. Where I live, the Evangelicals make their rounds on Sundays to visit homes. At least they don’t charge money and you may even get an invite for a nice Sunday supper with the Church. Jesus doesn’t charge but some of the religious organizations need the scratch to keep functioning. That is understandable. However, Scientology wouldn’t want some average joe like me anyway because I am poor. They also charged liked $15 to attend this session. Why should I pay $15.00 so I can get bossed around by a bunch of weirdos. No thanks!!! As for allegedly beating people, I can believe that too. I mean they sounded so damn bossy and controlling about attending a meeting, there is no telling what they would be capable of if a person really got enmeshed with these control freaks. Poor Katie. I hope she has found that the shopping and money are worth the trade off for her soul. S-C-A-R-Y!

  23. Hieronymus Grex says:

    There’s something like a 10,000 dollar ‘bounty’ on bringing a celeb into the fold; but the money doesn’t go to you- it goes to pay off your sundry debts to the CO$ for their enlightenment.

  24. Amy says:

    Mimi Rogers is the one who introduced him to Scientology in the FIRST place.
    ugh.

  25. I choose me says:

    I read the linked articles and it’s fascinating and scary stuff. For anyone who believes that this ‘church’ is just another religion please read these articles.

  26. Jackie says:

    The picture of Tom and Connor and the other dude is so creepy looking, I can’t put my finger on why though.

    How do these otherwise seemingly intelligent people get sucked into Scientology??

  27. RAMONA says:

    Well I gotta say that I agree that it is a Fantasy Cult, remember Scientology was started by fantasy science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard….His delusional theories that he sorta vomited out into his books and so called teachings spilled over into the weak and easily influenced minds of his readers. From there it evolved into a cult like empire that spread around the world until he was put on a god-like pedestal by his worshipers and followers.
    People like Tom Cruise got caught up in the fantasy part of it and they actually believe it is real, which it is every ones right to choose their own religion, but that’s just it, I don’t think I would classify this fantasy cult a religion. It reminds me of Star Trek and the “Trekkie” following…I think Tom Cruise has brainwashed his own self with this ridiculous nonsense as well as millions of others…It is a very scary thing!!

  28. lucy says:

    Unbelievably creepy and wrong. CoS preys on those with problems (addictions, closeted sexuality, etc) and convinces them they can be cured…for a price. A big price.
    I honestly don’t understand how they continue to attract members or why they haven’t been seriously investigated by the FBI or something.
    I always think, believe whatever you want as long as you aren’t hurting anyone else. CoS hurts so many people. Hopefully someday, someone is able to put a stop to it.

  29. Jen says:

    “why would they go to a local daily paper instead of a bigger media outlet?”

    A local editor is often able to publish what he deems newsworthy, as opposed to a large news conglomerate, in which the stockholders drive what is published. Very few large newspapers (or even news channels) will dare to ruffle the feathers of the moneyholders, and as such, typically run bland, watered-down, fluff.

  30. Really... says:

    *uncomfortable laughter*

  31. JohnnieR says:

    So glad my Mom and Dad didn’t allow my my siblings and I to drink Kool-aid while growing up.

    I have never liked Cruise – the creep factor was always there for me – big time – pardon THAT pun, when associated with Tom Cruisy.

    I truly, seriously and sincerely hope that the lid is blown right off the horrid Church of Scientology. If people ever took the time to TRULY research and enlighten themselves on the horrific dogma and doctrines of this cult, they’d be horrified beyond belief. Far, far too many people have had their lives destroyed – and yes, ended, due to this cult.

  32. Cinderella says:

    Now it all makes sense. Tom needed a father figure and found it in the freakfest known as David Miscavige.

  33. Doubt is not a crime says:

    To the lurking Scientology comment watchers that will no doubt be sent to “not is” this story, please come up to present time and confront the following data.

    “OT 8 Geir Isene Doubt Formula”
    http://www.isene.com/files/Geir_Isene_doubt_COS_2009-08-07.pdf

  34. Jag says:

    I fear for the lives of the people speaking out because too many whistleblowers against the CoS have been found dead. (shudders)

  35. Jeanette says:

    This is a well written, balanced and compelling read. Well done for a spotlight onto that cult that has destroyed so many lives!

  36. ccoop says:

    I fear for Tom’s children. Their minds are being enslaved.

  37. Amy says:

    It just goes to show that just because your famous doesn’t make you smart. And it doesn’t mean that you can’t fall for scams and cults. It would seem that everyone but Tom has figured out that its a cult. The truly sad thing is that his children have been involved in it and are wrapped up in it to the point that it would probably take professionals to help them not only recover, but break free. What a nut job!

  38. divax says:

    I don’t care what kind of spell Miscavige cast on all these guys that he beat up, a normal reflex instinct would be to retaliate. It seems that they just took his beatings and did nothing in response. Very weird………..

  39. lrm says:

    Why they haven’t been investiaged by the FBI?
    FOR REAL????
    Um,the FBI is likely in cahoots with CO$
    Or,at least some ranking officials are.
    Honestly,folks,if you don’t realize it by now: Control hollywood and control the world,yes,but control the masses and control the world even more.
    Don’t think this cult just quietly goes under the radar on purpose!
    The more tools to manipulate the masses,the better.
    Divide and conquer and you need a variety of means to do just that.
    Some will be more severe ‘cults’,others will be milder versions of group think,and yes,none of us is immune to this.
    You know,like the new ‘green religion’…
    Okay,so I’m not saying CO$ is the same thing,but I am saying that it is naiive to think that a gvmt run secret organization would willfully investigate and disenfranchise a major money making,people supressing power player that influences hollywood. [Kaballah anyone?]Exactly. When the time comes that COS is investigated,something else will have taken it’s place,but people will be too busy feeling vindicated and pleased with themselves that they got this corrupt organization outed.
    Meanwhile,back at the ranch,other cults or flavors of the day will be steadily at work manipulating. sigh.
    On the bright side,it’s a beautiful,hot summer day in so cal.(:

  40. Allie says:

    I believe Rathbun. I was in a cult in the 1980s and Rathbun is correct when he says that the reason group members allow the abuses to occur is because they have been indoctrinated to believe that the leaders are infallible and the abuses are an appropriate response to some perceived wrong. It’s hard to explain, but when you are in a cult, you believe in it so strongly that you become willing to bend any reality to fit your positive image of the group and its’ leaders. You force anything and everything to make sense, and you know an outsider would think it is crazy, but you tell yourself it’s because they are not part of your “enlightened” group and don’t understand. It’s very stressful. I was on the receiving end of a lot of nasty behavior from my group’s leader. After I left I had to work through a lot of anger and come to an understanding of why I put myself through that.

  41. Diablo says:

    Tom Cruise is gay! (Just thought I’d throw that out there…)

  42. Shep says:

    Free Katie! (Then pass her around, she’s gullible)

  43. anonymous says:

    I can’t believe Nicole kidman would allow this to happen to her children. I can’t believe she hasn’t put up more of a fight to be with her children. you hardly EVER see pics of her with her two older children. that makes me sad. I don’t mean to judge and I know we don’t know the whole story, it is just so hard to relate to.

  44. Diablo says:

    Kidman is no angel either. She gave up her adopted kids so she could concentrate on her career.

  45. hmm says:

    I doubt it the tabloids will pick this up. For some reason the tabs pretty much leave Tom alone.

  46. hmm says:

    anon 43, the church probably has something embarrassing on her.

  47. JohnnieR says:

    LOL! I just now noticed the tiny little alien creature in the top right hand corner of the lead pic. Nice.

  48. ! says:

    I just would not be surprised if Tom was beating Katie. CDAN had an old wife beater blind that I genuinely think was Tom and Katie.

  49. For Sooth? says:

    Long live the smaller press outlets because the larger ones are bought and controlled by men with HUGE political and financial power and therefore control what we see and hear. That’s why we have our current president. And that’s why we have nary a JOURNALIST left.

    As to Scientology. This looks like another Jim Jones cataclyismic catastrophe in the making. Miscavige will bring down a multitude of people with him when his end comes.

    Run Katie!

  50. Ednonymous says:

    cruise really does look like an evil dwarf (no offense to real evil dwarfs).

  51. surtee says:

    The only person who can do anything about Scientology is standing next to Tom and Katie in this picture.

    http://msnbcmedia3.msn.com/j/ap/wx10101260429.widec.jpg

    And it seems Scientology is okay by him.

  52. Genevieve says:

    Cult Cult Cult…………and since we’re on the subject of cults :) So are the Mormons (Latter Day Saints), I use to be a member so I can say that. Both scary, evil cults!

  53. TaylorB says:

    The looks on their faces as they salute each other are hilarious. Sort of a slightly unstable, wild eyed expression, with a ‘wink wink’ all knowing smugness and just a hint of the Napoleon complex mixed in for good measure.

  54. Wolfdang says:

    http://forums.whyweprotest.net/305-tom-katie/marty-rathbuns-letter-tom-cruises-attorney-51874/10/#post983488

    This is a tip of the iceberg of a byzantine story within COS, of what is called in the link above, “The 2005 Tom Cruise/Scientology World Spiritual Triumph Tour.”

    While Celebitchy’s post here is an excellent summary of this recent event, to put the whole mess in context, read some of the J. Swift post I linked above. It is brilliant.

  55. Lem says:

    damn it CB! I’ve just spent the better part of all day getting sucked in by Scientology blogs, articles, news, stories… once you get past all the code words and can start to understand a bit of it…it is a very scary cult.
    I knew on the surface of things that they harass anyone who publicly speaks against them. I had no idea the lengths they go to- to recruit members, to keep members, to brainwash, to capture and contain. goodness my brain is just racing from all I’ve ingested today.
    I know that you have to be looking for something or have a naivete to get involved in a cult or a religion for that matter. My god, the way they treat people. For people to except that? for years, decades, decades upon decades?
    There is an expression I always use. it’s “that’s too Big Brother for me” I use it all the time. When referring to facebook, tweeting, the interwebs in general or putting my address and phone on a ‘raffle slip’. This time I have never been more sure. Co$ is too big brother for anyone.

  56. Zoe says:

    ::How do these otherwise seemingly intelligent people get sucked into Scientology??::

    Because they are interested in fame, money, or power and the “church” lures them into falsely believing they can have it if they join up, when in reality the opposite happens and they end up bankrupt.

  57. icky says:

    woohoo…the plot thickens..now this is newsworthy!

  58. Hieronymus Grex says:

    ForSooth wrote:
    That’s why we have our current president.

    What do your politics have to do with this article? So somehow the will of the people was subverted because a popular black man won the election by huge easily verifiable majority ? So I guess the out-voted minority should have won instead?

    Did I miss the meeting? Can I subscribe to your newsletter, if I wear my own pyramid-shaped tinfoil hat ?

    Do people actually pay attention to their beliefs or are they so secure in the rightness of their ideals, that the facts of the situation are a mere inconvenience ?

  59. Buzzaroo says:

    I love this quote:

    “it was Miscavige who had Tom’s agent fired and replaced by his sister, which ended up a public relations disaster for the star”

    Sadly, I think this is proof that Tom isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed and perhaps he has always needed somebody to guide (manipulate) him because he doesn’t have the mental resources to help himself.

  60. karen says:

    Save Tom too, not just Katie. And save Travolta. I used to dislike Cruise because of his arrogance towards Brooke Shields. Now, I feel sorry for him. Rathbun said he was very nice person and others have said the same. Too bad he fell in with these con artists. They probably targeted his vulnerabilities (he had an abusive father). It’s all so sad. I hope they get out.

  61. Aspie says:

    That bottom picture of them all smiling (especially Tom and the other older dude) is just plain CREEPY!

  62. Pandora says:

    To Anon – Kidman is no angel – trust. It suited her to leave the kids with him. Also even when he was “out” while he was with Kidman he was still an arrogant ass. After reading this + the piece on Katie’s weight gain I just keep getting this awful feeling about Katie, like if she can’t leave with Suri – she’ll end it and take Suri with her. It’s not going to end well.

  63. reporter says:

    To those questioning why the story was broken by the St. Petersburg Times: this is not your average small-town paper. It’s got a stellar reputation in the world of journalism and stars who work at major national papers are groomed there. It is owned by the nonprofit Poynter Foundation which also operates the nearby Poynter Institute (poynter.org) which is a highly respected journalism think-tank and training center. Finally, the St. Pete Times owns this story: they have been dogging this cult for years. It’s no surprise that they have credibility with the inside sources who exposed these latest revelations.

  64. oh my says:

    I’m also pretty sure the Florida papers are paying more attention to CO$ b/c there’s a big $cientology center down there and they were actively trying to impact the schools/educational programs in the state

  65. Hieronymus Grex says:

    ::How do these otherwise seemingly intelligent people get sucked into Scientology??::

    The lure of elitism and exclusivity and how only truly intelligent cultured enlightened people will ‘understand’ the CO$ and its doctrines is what gets a lot of them. They also claim miracle cures for- well you name it; including homosexuality which is allegedly why Tom Cruise and John Travolta joined up.

  66. Magsy says:

    I thought only military personnel saluted. Those pictures creep me out.

  67. maddie says:

    @Hieronymus Grex:

    ForSooth wrote:
    That’s why we have our current president.

    What do your politics have to do with this article? So somehow the will of the people was subverted because a popular black man won the election by huge easily verifiable majority ? So I guess the out-voted minority should have won instead?

    I can not speak for ForSooth
    But I took it as the newspapers were so in favor of Obama that the Reps never had a chance, since they barely reported anything positive about the Rebs but Kissed Obama’s butt in other words.

    Nothing to do with him being AA

    _______________________________________

    @ Jackie : The picture of Tom and Connor and the other dude is so creepy looking, I can’t put my finger on why though.

    It’s creepy because the body language he should be leaning towards his son, not some other creepy guy.

    I do believe everything that is said about the Sci- Toliens being a cult, and it’s all about the money, half of their people so don’t get to go the Big Celebrity Church because they can’t not afford to buy their way in.

    Scary that in this day in age people still get sucked into this crap.
    @

  68. Fat Elvis says:

    That “saluting” photo reminds me of two toddlers pretending to be soldiers. Except, of course, in the toddlers’ case, the fantasy is age appropriate.

  69. Taxiqueen says:

    This just confirms some of my suspicions. Several years ago the church’s “auditing” procedures were questioned by the IRS. The “church” had tax free status as a non-profit; like most traditional churches. The IRS felt the “church” was not operating as a non-profit because they were charging people to join the church. Scientology was so freaked out the IRS was going to dig into their financed they settled for a watered down tax status, and paid a hefty fine simply to keep the IRS off their backs.

    Talk about a cult; how many other people are so afraid of the government they will pay millions in tax fines simply to make the government go away?

  70. Erica says:

    Back in the early 70′s, I had a boss who got deeply involved with Scientology and tried to get me to read their books. Out of curiosity I decided to check one of them out – I couldn’t stop laughing, yet at the same time it was one of the creepiest things I’d ever read. After a few years, he finally saw the light and left the ‘religion’. I’ll never forget the stories he told of their harrassment of him by phone at all hours of the day and night. It was truly frightening.

  71. Kylie says:

    I’d read that Tom had one time considered becoming a priest, so he’s obviously the kind of person who is seeking some kind of spiritual guidance from a higher power. Tom was obviously under the spell of Mimi Rogers when she advised him to seek out Scientology. I’ve always had the feeling that Tom was a sincerely nice and very decent person. And I think he’s one of Hollywood’s greatest actors. However, I truly believe that anyone who joins a cult like Scientology has to have some form of low self-esteem and need to be validated by people like Miscavige. My guess is that Tom is now in too deep and is too afraid of Miscavige and what he would do if he decided to leave. I hope and pray that Tom, Katie and their family can get out before it’s too late.

  72. gg says:

    It is VERY TELLING that these mind-control freaks are SO AFRAID OF PSYCHOLOGY … since that is what they use to hook people into their cult.

    Nicole has no control whatsoever over her kids – $cientology is controlling the Cruises and that includes her kids with Tom. She got out, the kids didn’t. :( And there is nothing she can do about it or The Cult will take her down and her kids will disappear from public sight and she will likely never see them again.

  73. gg says:

    Also – Misgavige looks like Howdy Dooty.

  74. Ana says:

    I’m ready for the tell all by his children.
    Esp Conner and Isabella.
    I keep reading Misgavige as “miscarriage.” Silly me.

  75. Leticia says:

    I deleted my original comment out of fear of reprisal.

  76. Divorcee says:

    I highly doubt that this cult is all about aliens, if it was so many people wouldn’t be dying. I’m glad people are speaking up against this devil worshipping religion dance with the devil all you want David but you will eventually go down Jehovah God is greater than Satan or did you forgot to read what happens in the end of the bible last chapters.

  77. Charles says:

    When one stops believing in God it’s not that they stop believing in anything….It’s that they will believe in everything. G.K. Chesterton

  78. Trillion says:

    ::How do these otherwise seemingly intelligent people get sucked into Scientology??::

    I wonder the same thing about all religious people. Virgins having babies? Jesus raising the dead by magic? Water to wine party tricks? Eternal life if you believe something you read in a book? Eternal hell for those who question? A god who cares about us in spite of all the random terrible stuff that happens to his believers and deniers equally? Indeed it would appear Satan is winning hands down.

    It’s all superstition, regardless of its name.

    You don’t need religion to be a good person. You do need it for a tax shelter, however.

  79. huriu says:

    Someone gets slapped and kicked around ever so often in any organization or secret society. The weak will get stronger eventually.

  80. meme says:

    I know this isn’t about him but Tom Cruise, but I am wondering if anyone else has read the most recent news about John Travolta and that bunch of looneys? John Travolta wants OUT of Scientology because had he NOT gone by their rules, his son who passed, Jett, would have been treated correctly for what was obviously autism. Problem is, members of that horrible cult, especially on the Hollywood members, have “confessions” of embarassing things on them that if they come out, could destroy Travolta’s career. Now he doesn’t dare leave that cult called a church. Personally, no matter HOW embarassing, I’d get out. People know that Travolta has been a member of that cult, and any trash that they blew out about John and his wife may cause some “shock value” but since it IS from the Scientology nuts and because of Jett, I honestly believe that whatever it is would blow over VERY quickly. It’s been 9 months and Travolta’s wife STILL can’t talk publically about Jett, her pain is so deep. I say let the cult “spill the beans” on both of them, just John, get OUT of there!! I can’t remember his wife’s name this minute, but they are a beautiful loving couple and wonderful parents who suffered a senseless loss of their child. Get out and let the chips fall where they may. The public WILL forgive them very quickly IMO. God bless the Travoltas. As a side note –Katie – GET OUT and take Suri and RUN!!

  81. Divorcee says:

    I forgot to mention a few days ago that I don’t think anything in Scientology is secret among the higher ups because there’s only videos of Tom Cruise popping up and not the other dedicated Scicelebwacks which is strange if I was Tom I would be very careful.

  82. Jan says:

    L. Ron Hubbard claimed that Jesus, who is Almighty God, is nothing but a pedophile ! Tom Cruise is eternally lost and is dragging his fans and family with him because he reject Christ as the way to Eternal Life.

  83. Elena says:

    All of this Scientology stuff is creeping me out, like seriously. How is something like this still around after all the horrible things people know about it. This isn’t a religious group, this is a scary and creepy cult with demanding, controlling, and abusive so called “leaders”.