Monday, 14 January 2013

First there's LRH, then there's COB (Chairman of the Board, David Miscavige), then there's Me (Tom)

This has made my day.

Tom Cruise will save the world from aliens — not on the big screen but in real life.

His day job as an actor pales next to the billion-year contract of service he signed with the Church of Scientology, according to a bombshell new book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison of Belief.” New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright details Cruise’s demigod status within the church, as well as the group’s ultimate purpose — protect humanity from aliens living in our bodies, who are bent on destroying us and ultimately the planet.

Cruise was introduced to the religion when he was 23 years old by his then-girlfriend, actress Mimi Rogers. Seven years his senior, Rogers was an avowed member of Scientology; they married in 1987. Cruise was quickly intrigued, but he kept his initial participation low-profile. He began undergoing “auditing” — a process in which church members are queried about every aspect of their lives — under his given name, Thomas Mapother IV.

It took several years for church leaders to realize that for all of their celebrity acolytes — including John Travolta, Priscilla Presley, Kirstie Alley, Kelly Preston and Sonny Bono — they had a true superstar at their disposal.

Cruise would later come to believe that in the hierarchy of Scientology, he was No. 3, behind only the founder, the late L. Ron Hubbard (known as LRH) and No. 2 David Miscavige, who goes by COB, for Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center.

Space Oddity:

Eighty Scientologists have been awarded Scientology's standard "Freedom Medal" since it was established in 1985, including Kirstie Alley and John Travolta. Cruise's is the same, says Janet Laveau, of the Church of Scientology in Britain, but "the Medal of Valour means the humanitarian work he did reached a larger global population".

Scientology's preoccupation with medals mirrors that of its founder, science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, with Scientologists and internet researchers disputing how many US Navy awards he received during the second world war. Laveau insists the awarding of medals is not related to financial donations to the organisation. "It's about rolling up your own personal sleeves and making a very big difference for people who need help," she says. 

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