Skeptic News: Tom Cruise special treatment angers scientologists

From: US Metro

Some members of the Church of Scientology of bristling at the special treatment they believe Tom Cruise is receiving in the wake of his split from Katie Holmes, according to Radar Online. “They have bent the rules or Tom. If Tom was any other Scientologist — including lesser celebrities — he would not be allowed to continue seeing and maintaining communication with Katie or Suri,” former Celebrity Center president Nancy Many tells the Web site. “When every other person that I have known of leaves Scientology, which Katie did without speaking of it directly, they are instantly shunned.”

Disconnection, the usual process applied when someone leaves the Church,  is the severance of all ties between a Scientologist and a friend, colleague, or family member deemed to be antagonistic towards Scientology. The practice of disconnection is a form of shunning. Among Scientologists, disconnection is viewed as an important method of removing obstacles to one’s spiritual growth. In some circumstances, disconnection has ended marriages and separated children from their parents.

In this case this the normal rules have been waived for Cruise. To the annoyance of ordinary members of the Church.

Also this week a poll conducted by CBS news found that most Americans didn’t think Scientology was a real religion.

The survey, conducted by CBS News, found that 70 percent of Americans say that Scientology is not a true religion; 13 percent believe it is; and 18 percent either don’t know or don’t care.

Out of the more than 1,000 people polled, Christian Americans were even more likely to question Scientology’s status as a religion — 79 percent of evangelicals, 74 percent of Protestants and 72 percent of Catholics surveyed responded that they did not think Scientology is a religion.

 

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