Has Hollywood actor tom finally come “out of the closet in regards to his passion towards his membership in the International Church of Scientology? It seems so, ever since a video CD surfaced on the Church of Scientology’s website, and is also being talked about on news commentary programs not only in the USA but in other countries as well.
Cruise, who appears on the 30 minute video clip expressing his excitement and feelings concerning Scientology, appears quite sincere and frank when relating how he bas benefited from his being associated with the religion founded by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1953. Some of his quotations about his personal involvement in the study of Scientology include:
“I think its privilege to call yourself a Scientologist, and it’s something you have to earn, because a Scientologist does…has the ability to create new and better realities and improve conditions.”
“If you’re a Scientologist, you see life in all its glories and all its complexities. And the more you know about being a Scientologist you don’t become overwhelmed by it.”
“I have to do it because I can’t live with myself if I don’t – and that really is it”
“In regards to practicing Scientology, you’re either ‘onboard’ all the way, or you’re not”,
Despite Cruise’s “indoctrination video” his feelings are not being shared in the same way by those who criticize Scientology, however, and many former Scientologists are very critical of him and his adopted religion, saying it is not only a cult, but a dangerous one at that. Critics of Cruise and the video say that he is taking a big risk in regards to his future acting career.
Scientology preaches the study of a concept known as Dianetics, which is defined as a set of ideas and practices regarding the relationship between the spirit, mind and body ,in order to reach a state of “clear, or the ability to function at one’s full potential”.
Though not called a ‘church’ in Israel due to the word’s connection with Christianity, Scientology has been active here for more than 30 years, and claims to have several thousand members in its ranks from all walks of life, including wealthy businessmen and media personalities.
The two main Scientology centers or “missions” in Israel are in Jerusalem at 5 Narkiss Street, and in Tel Aviv at 107 Rothschild Blvd.. A new modern center is under construction in Tel Aviv. The church also has an international youth organization called the International Youth for Human Rights, which also has a branch in Israel, headed by Don Shaul. Besides trying to make people more aware of human rights abuses all over the world, including Israel, the organization also tries to dispel adverse publicity against Scientology itself.
Critics of Scientology, especially those who “left the fold” after being indoctrinated into it, say that it is not a religion at all but attempts to control it’s members by making it difficult to leave once one accepted into it’s ranks.
As for Cruise himself, whose wife Katie is also a Scientologist, he ended the video clip with the remark of his sincerity in being part of it: “I do what I can; I do it the way I do everything”. Then he laughs out loud and says: “there’s nothing part-of-the-way for me!”