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Tom Cruise, Scientology and that book

tom_cruise.JPGI’ve just finished reading Tom Cruise: an unauthorised biography. While I am not a Tom Cruise fan, I was drawn to the book because of my own brush with Scientology when I purchased a software company in 2000 which was owned (unbeknown to me at the time) by a Scientologist and run according the principles set by the ‘church’ of Scientology.

Within 24 hours of buying the business I became aware of a Scientology connection. It took several weeks before the extent of the Scientology influence over the business was clear. What followed was a tough two years while the business was realigned.

Had I known of the Scientology connection prior to signing the purchase agreement I would not have proceeded – having read Bare Faced Messiah many years earlier. Employees had been coerced into undertaking Scientology training, data was collected on the most ridiculous stings – Scientology has a thing for stats – and, the first training provided to customers as part of their learning when they purchased the software was a course based on the teachings of Scientology founder, Science Fiction write L Ron Hubbard. As I note, it was a dreadful time dealing with the mess which erupted from the clash of Scientology versus, well, normal.

So, I wanted to read Tom Cruise biography because of what I had heard it had to say about Scientology more so than what it said about Tom Cruise. Once I found out that Australian publishers were too scared to publish it here, I arranged for a copy through Amazon.com.

I found Tom Cruise: an unauthorised biography eminently readable. The account of Tom Cruise’s past, his rise to fame and how he lived in the prism of fame was interesting. Equally interesting, to this Australian, was Morton’s account of Nicole Kidman’s life with Tom Cruise. She does not fare well in this book, poor Nicole. There was also passing mention of James Packer which felt placed to me to support a point about Scientology. This is a book about Scientology.

The big take-aways for me from Tom Cruise: an unauthorised biography, if only half of what Morton has written is true, are: Scientology is clearly not a religion, it is a cult and it is dangerous – Governments ought to withdraw its religious status; Tom Cruise is a bigger nut than I thought – actors should not have access to any stage or platform other than to act. I am glad my brush with Scientology was relatively brief.

The book provides an interesting connect with my own Scientology story: the way they attract people into the cult and how they use data to control and manipulate once you are in the web. It reminded me of what I found in the employee and other files of the company I purchased. I’m glad I read it and am disappointed that it has not been published in Australia.

Curiously, more have requested to borrow my copy of Tom Cruise: an unauthorised biography than any other book I have ever mentioned reading.

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  1. I find it amazing that no one has published it here. Given the often unrelenting battering of Scientology through current affairs programs and weekly magazine I would have thought Australia was a prime market for this book.

    While I despise Scientology as much as the next person I would have a hard time deeming it a ‘cult’. If we classified cults in such a way then we would undoubtably find that many mainstream religions were a cult at some stage in their existance (and some would argue that some still are).

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  2. Unlike you, I disagreed with many things that was written in the book about Scientology. Being a Scientologist myself, I can see that it is full of lies.

    So we differ in view.

    I found the Church’s statement online on MSNBC, you may be interested. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22658115/

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  3. Scientology is a con. It suck you in and takes your money. It is no religion and targets the weak. It is not a church.

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  4. Too bad the book is so inacurate. What he wrote about Scientology is so wrong, if his “research” was even 10% as accurate about what he wrote about Tom Cruise it’s not worth the paper it’s written on

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  5. The Morton slam on Tom Cruise bears about as much relationship to the truth about Scientology as does The Da Vinci Code to Catholicism. Both are works of fiction that try to make villains out of basically decent people. I think The Da Vinci Code does a better job of suspending disbelief.

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  6. Jay, Jeanne, I’ve read the book cover to cover and found it credible. Scientology looks to me like a business, a pyramid scheme, which rpey on the weak and downtrodden and such their cash. Mark

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  7. Scientology is a cult for nuts. Evil. Dangerous. Stay away.

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  8. If you worship a dead moral and not Jesus Christ then it is called a CULT and we all know they are dangerous. remember the Jones??

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  9. Scientology is for nuts.

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