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January 24, 2007

The Christ of Scientology

CodeWritinFool says, "Can't make this up."

Cruise 'is Christ' of Scientology
US Editor
January 23, 2007

TOM Cruise is the new “Christ” of Scientology, according to leaders of the cult-like religion.

The Mission: Impossible star has been told he has been “chosen” to spread the word of his faith throughout the world.

And leader David Miscavige believes that in future, Cruise, 44, will be worshipped like Jesus for his work to raise awareness of the religion.

Posted by joke du jour at January 24, 2007 08:02 PM

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Emily Smith is a hack for “The Sun”, infamous for being offensive and tasteless. I check this website frequently for entertainment and I enjoy the usually creative and humorous content. It is inappropriate to include such an obviously spurious and hateful article intended only to foment hate. There should be no place for religious bigotry “Within the Crainium”.

Posted by: Carl McKay at January 28, 2007 08:34 AM

Thanks for visiting and for your comment.

I don't know much about Ms. Smith but I'll agree that that The Sun doesn't have the same journalistic credentials as, say, The Chicago Tribune. I'm not sure why you call the article 'hateful' and 'intended only to foment hate', though.

Did The Sun not report this accurately? Is it not true that David Miscavige compared Tom Cruise to Christ? The same story appeared in the New Zealand Herald - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1501119/story.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10420812 .

Or was it Ms. Smith's reference to Scientology as "cult-like" which offended you?

This article from The Sun struck me (and my contributor, too, I'll guess) as an amusing snippet about another silly, grandiose religious claim.

I don't hold very many cows sacred, so jokes about religion are generally fair game. You're not the first person to be offended by a joke about religion here. See http://www.crainium.net/jdjArchives/2005/05/when_the_pope_is_german.html

So while I wouldn't single out Scientology (or Tom Cruise) for ridicule, neither would I spare them a laugh at something I regard as nonsense. And the idea of Tom Cruise ever being worshipped as a prophet strikes me as pretty amusing.

Posted by: JdJ at January 28, 2007 09:38 AM

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