Rupert Murdoch’s Take On Scientology

With the recent splash of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ divorce over the weekend, Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chief executive and media mogul, publicized his reactions on the news via Twitter. And indeed, his tweets included remarks about Scientology that could possibly create waves in the media world.

Murdoch tweeted: “Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in [hierarchy].”

Murdoch, who owns Fox News, Wall Street Journal and New York Post, tweeted another “cult” comment right after the first one: “Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Cruise is often linked with Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, and has done movies for 20th Century Fox — which is owned by News Corporation. He is also “known for being prickly about being challenged about his involvement with Scientology.”

Still, Murdoch stands by the lines he tweeted: “Since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks, expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening. Still stick to my story.” And when a user asked about Murdoch’s take on Mormonism, he replied: “Mormonism a mystery to me, but Mormons certainly not evil.”

Scientology was created by L. Ron Hubbard in 1952. It is a body of beliefs and related practices to his self-help system, Dianetics. Scientology’s teaching involves the principle that humans are simply immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature. It uses auditing, a method of spiritual rehabilitation where a person aims to consciously relive painful or traumatic experiences in their past in order to liberate themselves of their negative effects. Scientology is a tax-exempt religion in the United States.

What do you know about Scientology? What do you think gave Murdoch the impression that Scientologists are “creepy” and evil”? Do you share the same opinion with him or not?

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Cannes 2012: ‘The Master’ Was All About Scientology

It’s pretty clear from last night’s screening that “The Master,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, is all about the early days of Scientology.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is clearly playing L. Ron Hubbard, creating his cult religion with the help of his wife (Amy Adams). In the clip reel we saw, Joaquin Phoenix is some kind of drifter who gets involved with the couple and become Hoffman’s right hand man.

Phoenix in real life has been on a sabbatical from acting. So it’s kind of interesting that he took this role. He and his family grew up in a cult in Florida, where the kids all changed their names. But the acting from all three principals in the clips was superb.

Whatever PTA has in mind, it’s going to be controversial. Scientology doesn’t like people messing with their made up history. This should cause quite a discussion.

What do you think — could PTA be intentionally messing up with Scientology as a publicity stunt? And how would this film affect Scientology celebrity members such as Tom Cruise? Feel free to comment on the film and to voice out your opinions in the comment box below.

Source: Forbes

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