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NewsWeek goes after Scientology and Tom Cruise

 
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These are unfriendly times to be a Scientologist. In December, Germany's Interior Ministry moved to ban the organization, which has tax-exempt religious status in the United States. In January, St. Martin's Press published Andrew Morton's salacious unauthorized biography of Tom Cruise, which describes the star as its de facto second in command. The church responded with a 15-page statement, calling the book "a bigoted, defamatory assault replete with lies" and saying Cruise "is a Scientology parishioner and holds no official or unofficial position in the Church hierarchy." Jenna Hill Miscavige, a niece of church leader David Miscavige who left the fold in 2005, this week came out in support of Morton and slammed the organization for, among other things, its practice of "disconnection--essentially severing contact with family members seen as hostile to the group.

Now, a loose-knit consortium of hackers and activists calling itself "Anonymous" has declared "war" on the organization. In a creepy YouTube clip addressed to the "leaders of Scientology," a robotic voice announces "with the leakage of your latest propaganda video into mainstream circulation, the extent of your malign influence over those who trust you as leaders has been made clear to us. Anonymous has therefore decided that your organization should be destroyed." (The clip has been viewed more than 2 million times since it was posted Jan. 21.)

The attack, says Anonymous, was spurred at least in part by what they consider to be the latest example of the church's secretive and litigious nature. Earlier this year, an internal 2004 church interview with Tom Cruise was leaked online. The actor, who called being a Scientologist a "blast," was seen railing against the practice of psychiatry and boasting, among other things, "we are the authorities of the mind ... we can bring peace and unite communities." The church attempted to have the videos taken down from the gossip site Gawker, claiming the material was copyrighted, selectively edited and that Cruise's performance was meant for private consumption. It's an argument that does have legal merit. "As I understand it, Scientology has a lot of internal documents and when people try to publish them, Scientology seeks to stop them under copyright law," Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law tells NEWSWEEK. "The fact is under American law they're entitled to take their unpublished works and use copyright law to protect them."
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02/09/2008 03:44 AM
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Be there tomorrow and make a difference, let the world know pyramid cults are dangerous. Educate people is the best option, let them know what scientology is before being sucked in.
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02/09/2008 09:28 PM
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cruise "What the fuck is newsweek??
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Tom Cruise .... The actor, who called being a Scientologist a "blast,"
 Quoting: FireStar 361222



:couchjumpe:

"Scientology is a blast."

Sounds like some people in the Middle East need to switch religions.

jihaddynamite
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02/09/2008 09:46 PM
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Been a big build up to tomorrow's events. Hope everyone stays safe.
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02/09/2008 09:53 PM
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Been a big build up to tomorrow's events. Hope everyone stays safe.
 Quoting: SAGoon 335169

and peaceful
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02/09/2008 10:08 PM
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Been a big build up to tomorrow's events. Hope everyone stays safe.
 Quoting: SAGoon 335169

what event?
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02/09/2008 10:11 PM
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Been a big build up to tomorrow's events. Hope everyone stays safe.

what event?
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Google 'chanology' - "be very wary of 10th february" - me, I'll be watching from a safe distance ;)
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02/09/2008 11:21 PM
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Tom Cruise is an awesome person and his religion is better than yours
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02/09/2008 11:37 PM
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Tom Cruise is an awesome person and his religion is better than yours
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It's certainly funnier!
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02/09/2008 11:40 PM
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Tom Cruise is an awesome person and his religion is better than yours


It's certainly funnier!
 Quoting: Lord Xenu 371057


Especially the part about the intergalactic space cooties.
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Tom Cruise is an awesome person and his religion is better than yours


It's certainly funnier!


Especially the part about the intergalactic space cooties.
 Quoting: Body Thetan 342191


majority of you worship a naked man nailed to the cross, or a man who beweds a 9 year old girl as his wife, or a guy who sits under a tree for 30 years, etc.

hypocrites
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ONCE upon a time a young boy with a nice face and a nicer ass stood in his underwear and played an air guitar. And a star was born. But there was a tiny little problem. The young man had unconventional tastes in sexual matters. Not all THAT unconventional - as in about one out of every six is just like him - but enough that his tastes might well have gotten in the way of his career.

The studios tried to protect him. His agents, PR people, etc. Sadly, the young star would have a few drinks in him and go looking for what he really wanted - basically other men. (told you it wasn't all that weird.) And he found them. But because of his fame the stories started to circulate around the rumor mills. Soon it was an open secret in Hollywood.

And his career started to slow and then falter.

Suddenly he was l linked romantically with some very famous and very beautiful women. He married one or two of them. There were adopted children. Odd isn't it? She was fertile and he was virile. But they adopted children. Hmmm... He was cast in a couple of super-manly roles and played them well. The rumors died down for a while. But there were too many who knew and too many who'd seen and far too many who had had experience with it first had.

Young, famous, rich, horny. How long do you think it would take to fill up such a dance card? Not long obviously. Wifey didn't like it. IN fact one of them really loved him. But couldn't take the ego blow of having to compete for his attentions with the gardener and pool boy and electrician, and etc. etc. etc. (Hell, we hear he even blew the Fed Ex guy one boring afternoon! Quite a tip, eh?

The rumors started again. He needed something that could protect him once and for all. Enter a certain strange church. A church with bouncers, and muscle when needed. Even armed escorts provided to the celebs. All in the name of self-realization. They'd protected others in the same situation and now they were thoroughly straight leading men. So why not him? Giving away a bit of his vast fortune was better than ending his career. The deal was cut. The die was cast. And our young star has now become an unquestioned heterosexual. Viola. Except when the boys at the Church decide to play football, or they go on an out-of-the-country camping trip (sans wives of course) where just about anything goes so we're told. And our young star gets what he needs, his career flourishes, and in the eyes of Middle America he may be hooked up with some weird cult, but he's BY GOD certifiably straight.. unless he's camping with the boys from the church. Then... well there have been rumors but maybe they're just rumors.

The info from earlier was backed up with photos which cost him a fortune to get back. No cameras are ever allowed on the camping trips for obvious reasons.

Just one version we've heard. But we got it from a pretty credible and unimpeachable source. Your guess is as good as mine as to whether it's true or not, but I'd say there's probably an 80% chance that it is!
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Tom Cruise is an awesome person and his religion is better than yours
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majority of you worship a naked man nailed to the cross, or a man who beweds a 9 year old girl as his wife, or a guy who sits under a tree for 30 years, etc.

hypocrites
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 371055



This is the best description I've read about dogmas in a long time. Great!.
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majority of you worship a naked man nailed to the cross, or a man who beweds a 9 year old girl as his wife, or a guy who sits under a tree for 30 years, etc.

hypocrites
 Quoting: blackcat66 348276


Yeah, but they don't charge you $400,000.00 for the full treatment. And you get to keep your family and friends.
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majority of you worship a naked man nailed to the cross, or a man who beweds a 9 year old girl as his wife, or a guy who sits under a tree for 30 years, etc.

hypocrites


Yeah, but they don't charge you $400,000.00 for the full treatment. And you get to keep your family and friends.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 371158


Yeah!!
I've dreamt so long..
I cannot dream anymore..
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02/10/2008 07:29 PM
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This is hilarious
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This is hilarious
 Quoting: DOOMBREAKER 371553


:laughman:
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Tom Cruise .... The actor, who called being a Scientologist a "blast,"



:couchjumpe:

"Scientology is a blast."

Sounds like some people in the Middle East need to switch religions.

jihaddynamite
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strange people..
I've dreamt so long..
I cannot dream anymore..
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Was Tom Cruise a Scientologist back in his "Top Gun" days?
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If you guys want to know the most about this, with the least effort, google South Park and Scientology.
I watched it on TV a couple days ago, a rerun.
It reveals all the secrets you would ordinarily pay like $400k to "receive".The whole time it is running the story down, the screen keeps flashing "Scientologists Actually Believe This!"
It's just hysterical, a lame ass fantasy written by their beloved founder, L Ron, a third rate Sci Fi author.
The plot revolves around one of the South Park kids, who is believed to be the reincarnation of L Ron.
Tom Cruise comes to meet the kid, and asks the kid what he thinks of his acting.The kids says it's ok, but others are better.
Cruise is crushed to hear the reincarnated L Ron is not impressed.So he hides in the kids closet.John Travolta is summoned to get Cruise out, but instead joins him
The rest of the cartoon keeps going on about how Cruise and Travolta will NOT come out of the closet.
It's so funny, 'cause it's true.
Anxious Mo-Fo

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02/11/2008 01:58 PM
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We can all thank Mimi Rogers (first wife) for this crap. I'll give her two mulligans though. One because she left the Co$ and another for being the owner of a bodacious set of juggs.
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We can all thank Mimi Rogers (first wife) for this crap. I'll give her two mulligans though. One because she left the Co$ and another for being the owner of a bodacious set of juggs.
 Quoting: Anxious Mo-Fo

Could be.She's so very muttley, I never checked out her bod.I just remember thinking "Why would anyone be fooled by a rich actor who could have his pick hooking up with a homely woman?"
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We can all thank Mimi Rogers (first wife) for this crap. I'll give her two mulligans though. One because she left the Co$ and another for being the owner of a bodacious set of juggs.

Could be.She's so very muttley, I never checked out her bod.I just remember thinking "Why would anyone be fooled by a rich actor who could have his pick hooking up with a homely woman?"
 Quoting: Nada Khazar 221314


bump for Mimi Roger's pendulous juggs...oh, and for that crazy ass ex-husband of her's.

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