Tom Cruise thinks that expressing criticism is "bigotry"...
Did he ever meet Ida Camburn,
whose son disconnected
from her according to one of the many hurtful policies of
the Church of Scientology? Did he really listen to what
critics have to say? Does he know what are their concerns?
Unlikely, since he is forbidden to listen to people who
are tagged "suppressive persons",
Tom Cruise should look up the definition of
critical thinking (from Wikipedia):
Critical thinking is a
mental process of analyzing or evaluating
statements or propositions that are offered as true.
It is a process of reflecting upon the meaning of statements,
examining the offered evidence and reasoning, and forming
judgments about the facts.
Well, critics are allowed to expose the ugly facts about
Scientology, but Tom Cruise is not (as long as he chooses
to be a devout follower). Professor
David Touretzky in "Secrets
of Scientology: Verbal Tech" explains why:
By preventing people from discussing their
interpretations of his policies,
Hubbard has effectively squelched
all internal debate on the way his organization is run.
If one disagrees with a policy, public discussion and
analysis are not an option. The only acceptable action
is to "go back and find your
word'' (a Scientology catch-phrase), repeating as
often as necessary until the disagreement has been suppressed.
Why are there so many people critical of Scientology?
Kristi Wachter resumes it well
What's Wrong with Scientology?, or
Andreas Heldal-Lund in
"Why do you
Critics are especially concerned about the
treatment of children
inside the Church of Scientology, but for Tom Cruise, these
concerns are only "bigotry"... Contrary to what Tom Cruise
would like us to think, people are critical of Scientology
for good reasons: Notable
Scientology Practices and Beliefs. But who are we to
benefits Tom Cruise gets out of Scientology...
Be sure to visit our list of Notable
Scientology Critics, see what they have to say, and
what are their motivations. It is unlikely you will ever
agree with Mr. Cruise.