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The Tom Cruise Scientology Ex-Girlfriend Story Is Bat-Sh*t Layered in Bananas

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | September 4, 2012 | Comments ()


Perhaps you recognize Nazanin Boniadi, the striking Iranian-born actress in the header photo above, from her stint on "How I Met Your Mother," where she played Barney's love interest. She's also a Scientologist, or was one at one time. She was lucky enough to pass the rigorous Scientology audit, and afterwards, according to a piece in Vanity Fair, she was "presented" to Tom Cruise as a potential real-life love interest for Mr. Shortbread Action-Movie Wacko.

That didn't go so well. In fact, during a dinner at Nobu, Ms. Boniadi ruined her chances at becoming the next Mrs. Tom Cruise by inadvertently offending Mr. Cruise. From Vulture:

Boniadi then inadvertently offended her thin-skinned date when she congratulated him on the Scientology Freedom Medal of Valor he's been awarded by saying "very well done." This apparently made Cruise feel like she was talking down to him. Not long after, while hosting Scientology head David Miscavige and his wife, Boniadi insulted the fast-talking church leader by asking him to repeat himself -- apparently a big no-no. As Marc Headley, a high-profile ex-Scientologist, remarked to Orth: "You can't do anything to displease Scientology, because Tom Cruise will freak out."

True to form, Boniadi was soon asked to leave the house (and bedroom) she shared with Cruise and later moved to a Scientology center in Florida, where she told a friend about the short-lived affair. Her "friend" naturally turned right around and ratted her out to church officials, who gave her a rather medieval punishment: scrub toilets with a toothbrush, scour bathroom tiles with acid, and dig ditches after dark.

For some crazy reason, Boniadi was actually in love with Cruise, too, which made her demotion to "suppressive person" all the more painful.

According to Orth, Boniadi was in love with Cruise, but the intensity of his affection, especially his predilection for public displays, overwhelmed her. "I get more love from an extra than I get from you," the actor reportedly complained. Every day Boniadi spent two to three hours purging herself of "negative thoughts about Tom." She felt completely shut off; her only source of money was a credit card issued in the name of Cruise's production company.

Holy effing schnikeys, people. I've deluded myself for years that Cruise, despite everything to the contrary, was probably an OK guy, notwithstanding the crazy. But not if this is true, and Paul Haggis, who recently resigned from the church, confirms the story in an email Showbiz411:

"I've known Nazanin for about three years. I met her through a mutual friend when I was doing my own personal research into the allegations against Scientology, before I wrote my letter of resignation. Naz was embarrassed by her unwitting involvement in this incident and never wanted it to come out, so I kept silent. However I was deeply disturbed by how the highest ranking members of a church could so easily justify using one of their members; how they so callously punished her and then so effectively silenced her when it was done. It wasn't just the threats; they actually made her feel ashamed, when all she had been was human and trusting.

This is just plain nuttery, folks. How does a intelligent, right-thinking person delude themselves into buying into the Church? What's at play here, and why would anyone willingly subject themselves to a higher power conjured in sci-fi? It's wackery.

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  • Nazanin wanted money and fame in hollywood. She made sexo with tom? Somebody say? I am from brazil, i don,t speack English very well.

  • PuraPuma

    How can you say 'how do people fall into it?' D you not read any of the stories? People are LIED to... that's how they do it. They think they are going to 'change the world.' That's why it is FINALLY breaking down - people can read the stories on the Internet and let's hope it will fall apart. This woman, by admission by more than one person, was punished for failing with Tom. And then by speaking about it. I hate scientology (which doesn't deserve a capital S) and hope their world crumbles and they lose every penny they've ever owned.

  • John G.

    people do all kinds of things for cults. They even kill themselves for them. It doesn't seem that crazy for a cult to make you clean toilets and feel bad about yourself. Menial work and low self esteem seem more like a requirement.

  • denesteak

    Man, this is just the saddest fucking story in so many ways.

  • jams

    cougarsterc0m is a dating club where you can find your sugar mommy or handsome boy!

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I won't date anybody with an OT lower than 5. Can you guarantee me that?

  • Arran

    I'm almost completely inured to "Tom Cruise does something crazy because of Scientology" stories at this point. I just hope to never hear truly crazy shit about Elisabeth Moss or Jason Lee.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Elisabeth Moss? Say it ain't so.

  • Arran

    'Tis true. Though these things get reported and one never knows just HOW Involved they are in the church. She SEEMS pretty normal.

  • Az

    One would think literally being talked down to would be a concept with which Mr. Cruise would be at peace at this point in his life. Or are we to believe he carries around some sort of stepladder to prevent this from ocurring during, say, 94% of all real-life interactions in which he engages? Wouldn't that be absurd?

  • Clancys_Daddy

    "Boniadi insulted the fast-talking church leader by asking him to repeat himself" Hey when some one spews that much BS that fast it can be hard to keep up.

  • Devil Child

    How does a intelligent, right-thinking person delude themselves into buying into the Church?

    Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who have no idea about the Xenu thing, the attempt to eradicate a branch of science, the required child abuse, Operation Snow White, Shelly Miscavige's possible murder, or the Sea Org even nowadays. Since the Scientologists will force most people to fork over a few vital organs in capital before they actually tell people about Xenu at all, people are actually really eager to believe what they're told so they don't feel like they've wasted their life.

    There was a similar mentality in the Lysenkoist eras of Russia and China. Stalin, Khrushchev, and Mao Zedong all implemented the agricultural practices of anti-Mendellian biologist Trofim Lysenko. Lysenko was one of the most obvious crackpots of the century, and harvests of any crop that implemented his techniques got worse every year, but all three regimes stuck with Lysenkoism as the only acceptable branch of genetics solely out of inertia, time investment, refusal to ask actual questions, and a desire for their predetermined conclusions to be truth.

    It also helps when the people worst off are the least informed, least cushioned, most vulnerable to retaliation, and most needy. The famous Scientologists get such a life of opulence they actively become hostile to perceived insults. Scientology had to kill John Travolta's son before he left for good, and he was humiliated by leaked Scientology documents on his sex life. At this point, Cruise would likely need a similar gutpunch for him to get a fucking clue.

    Never thought I'd say this, but I admire Paul Haggis for speaking out when he didn't need to feel personally betrayed. Tom Cruise can go pop pinks and greys until he O.D.'s and winds up in the same circle of hell God put Ol' L. Ron.

  • PuraPuma

    Well said! You are usually into scientology for $500K before Xenu comes up!

  • Groundloop

    Also, I can never read anything about the "Scientology Freedom Medal of Valor" without thinking about Homer Simpson getting the "Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence". I get the feeling Miscavige stole the idea from Mr. Burns, right down to having an elaborate ceremony to convince Cruise that the award really meant something.

  • Arran

    On that note, every time I hear "Scientologist" I can't help but think "Just ask this scientician!"

  • kirbyjay

    Kinda like the definition of Scientology as " the science of knowledge" that I recieved from one poor misguided celeb that I tweet-bashed about his fixation on psychiatry as the industry of death, which I assumed he had to mention at least once a week to live up to the terms of his blackmail contract. He tells auditors all about his desire to seduce baby goats and his shit fetish and they force him to expound on the merits of Scientology for a period of one billion years.
    I was dumbfounded.
    The science of knowledge? What does that mean? I can understand the knowledge of science. It means you are well versed in the ways of biology, motion, the universe etc.....
    But the science of knowledge?
    Science is the systematic knowledge of the natural or physical world.
    Knowledge is an aquaintance with facts, truths and principles of a subject by study and investigation.
    If Science is a systematic knowledge, then is Scientology the systematic knowledge of knowledge? Does it mean that you know that you know? And if knowledge is the aquaintance with facts and truths, where does Scientology fit in? Is it actual facts and truths, or Elron Hubbard facts and truths? Is it " there is a possiblility of life on other planets" or is it " Xenu is the overlord of the universe and rules the galaxies with his Thetan Ray Blaster". Is it " all dogs go to heaven" or
    " you won't get to Scientology heaven unless you fork over the dough"
    I have a few thoughts..
    Knowledge gets to be a really strange word if you keep repeating it.
    Are these people really getting their money's worth?
    What would we do without Scientology and Lindsay Lohan? I would be bored shitless on the internet without them.

  • mograph

    What happened to good old "epistemology?"

  • Salieri2

    "What would we do without Scientology and Lindsay Lohan? I would be bored shitless on the internet without them."

    Word. I've just spent about half an hour wandering through Ortega's Scientology writings on The Village Voice and it is seriously engrossing. I've read some ex-Scientologists' accounts of their lives before, but this is encyclopedic! The stuff about their new Super Building or whatever--an "Oiliness Table"?

  • PuraPuma

    I've spent hours too.... It is so... just crazy that people are treated that way and no one is held accountable.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Complete with catchy intro tune that I can't get out of my head now, jerk!

  • Slash

    You know, this kinda doesn't surprise me. Cruise strikes me as a smotherer. Even if he wasn't a Scientologist, I think he'd still be that way, Scientology (like most religions) just enables that behavior and makes the smotherer feel like it's OK - because when a man does it, it's wonderful, sign of his overwhelming devotion; when a woman does it, she's just being a clingy, pathetic bitch. A lot of women are so stupid (or insecure) they think someone completely "devoted" like that would be a dream come true, but I'm guessing if they really lived with it for longer than a month or two, they'd run as far and fast as Cruise's 3 ex-wives have. Women are not the only ones (among those with this mental problem) who have to have constant affirmation. Plenty of men do, too, it's just not cool for them to admit it.

  • I predict Tom Cruise will be on the cover of Vanity Fair soon, promoting his next movie. And proving that, heh heh, we're all friends. Meanwhile Scientology accountants are trying to figure out how they can buy the media conglomerate that owns VF.

    PS - earlier this year when I mentioned Scientology negatively on Facebook a person who was not my friend, nor a friend of a friend, posted a 'don't be so stupid to believe everything you read on the Internet' comment on my post. I was astounded that (presumably) CoS were paying money to data mine Facebook for negative comments. Li'l ol' me? I was flattered at first, until I read about their shit lists...

    FWIW: I think all religions are bat shit crazy, in some shape or form.

  • Devil Child

    FWIW: I think all religions are bat shit crazy, in some shape or form.

    This is usually the first line of attack someone brings up to defend Scientology. Even ignoring the child abuse/slavery, the denial of medical care to members, and the requirement of giving lots of money before they'll even tell you about Xenu, the very principals the group was founded on are immoral. Scientology never decayed into corruption, it was built for it.

  • Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of Scientology (I've read a lot about them) but the Christian Churches have been responsible for their fair share of horror over the centuries. The only difference is that they've had a more time than Scientology to make themselves legitimate. Ditto the 'Moonies'.
    Christians need to ak themselves one question: if you worship a man who died and then rose again - do you worship zombies?

  • Devil Child

    This is tantamount to justifying Iran punishing sodomy with the death penalty because the U.S. used to hang people for witchcraft.

    If the stain of sixteenth century crimes stuck onto people forever, everybody living in the world today would commit seppuku. All people can do to fix the sins of the past is learn not to do them in the present and future, repeal fixtures that enable these failures, and come down hard on those who still carry out such sins.

    Scientology can, like the Mormons, become respectable when they explicitly refute and destroy the evil elements in their organization. Eliminating the Sea Org, recognizing the rights of children as being unique from adults, recognizing psychology as a valid science and psychiatric medicine as useful, abandoning Narconon, giving that money they raise to people who actually need it instead of paying publicists not to publish that Tom Cruise is shooting blanks, abolish OTL being quantified by money, and putting the teachings out for free on your website.

    All that could happen within a year or less if David Miscavige had anything resembling a conscience. Any cult can abandon their criminal behaviors if their leader displays some guts and compassion.

    And do you really think the world of today is so lacking in morality that we have to hold modern groups to the same standard as an era when human beings could be captured, bred, bought, and raped completely legally almost everywhere in the world? The 21st Century's no Star Trek, but we're a hell of a lot better people than that low standard.

  • PuraPuma

    Having grown up attending a church regularly - every single week - I don't remember having to be apart from my parents, being held in a dormitory-like setting where I'm not taught much, being forced to clean for hours and later in life I don't remember having to pay thousands of dollars to learn how to tell a glass or ashtray to move... Now, I may not go to church anymore but nothing I saw in my 22 yrs of attending a Christina church, church camp, on a weekly basis compares to what scientology does. Sure there are churches who do bad things (Westboro anyone) but it was never the norm where I was... it isn't the right comparison. Let's compare mormonism and scientology. They are closer. Both cults.

  • Maguita NYC

    "...attending a Christina church, church camp,..."

    Mine was the Anthony church of perpetual sorrow, so was camp!

    But in all seriousness, I agree with you @ PuraPuma, although I have disrespect for organized religion in general, I too believe that Xenu should be compared to Kolob. They seem to share similar approaches, and have made changes in order to suit tax-evasion purposes, as well as a media front that would stray the conversation away from any bigot preaching.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Stain of the 16th century? I think all the current victims of the pedophiles - pedophiles whose histories were covered up as they were shuffled between catholic churches - would beg to differ. Or the gay community (see also, the Anglican attitude in Africa). Or educators forced to contend with the entirely retrogressive Young Earth movement. Or climatologist who are accused of making up their research on climate change. And what Nick D'Angelo says about women. Sorry Devil Child, but please - there are plenty of sins of the present and I see little evidence of these evils being routed out.

  • Devil Child

    Like I said before, there's a difference between covering up the abuse of your Church's members and requiring they be abused.

    Scientology promotes life saving psychiatric treatment as completely evil. They deny the very existence of childhood as something separate from adulthood, leading to people like Mimi Faust being kicked out of her home at thirteen because her mother said she was a freeloader. Reaching OTL III, the part where you're even told about Xenu, costs roughly 160,000 U.S. dollars on a conservative estimate, four times what an average American household makes in a year.

    The absolute worst aspect is the Sea Org. Children whose parents can't afford to stack up their OTLs have been sold into billion year contracts of slavery. They can't get married or have sex, and if it's found a member becomes pregnant, they're required, even under force, to have an abortion.

    Scientology's practices would be inexcusable and immoral in any century, and it would take no effort from the likes of David Miscavidge to eliminate these required practices. Mormons have turned their backs on polygamy and mandatory racism. The Vatican's turned it's back against indulgences and mandatory Antisemitism. No group of any kind, religious or secular, should get a pass on their current crimes because other people in outfits sharing their name have committed crimes in the past and/or present. Especially not when the crimes of said group are as extensive as those of Scientology.

  • I don't understand why the Feds can't step in. Probable cause are the numerous credible reports of egregious Civil Rights violations, including kidnappings and physical and psychological torture. The stench from the enslavement of possibly tens of thousands of people has become unbearable. Not to mention a prominent member not being seen in over 5 years. Why haven't law enforcement authorities stepped in on THAT? A person is missing! How do you not at least ask questions, attempt to locate her?

  • A lot of good points DC, which I wouldnt argue with, but if you want to keep things modern lets not forget that today's Christianity is behind the push by the GOP to ban abortions in all instances, including rape and incest. That will do more harm to more women than CoS will ever manage.

  • Devil Child

    As bad as Paul Ryan's ilk are, I'd rather be a Saudi Arabian woman over anyone in a Scientology controlled country.

    Read this through if you want an honest idea of how much worse they are than everyone else, and keep in mind the whole time that you're reading that you're not seeing the endgame of a deluded fringe like the Wahhabi or Charles Coughlin, you're seeing the endgame of Scientology's mainline thought.

  • GunNut2600

    "HAHAHA Scientology is such a stupid thing! You have to be a completely moron to buy into that shit!"

    ~uncomfortably tries to come to terms with traumatic Roman Catholic upbringing...

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    GunNut is still trying to get his hair to part anywhere but the middle.

  • Maguita NYC


  • Viking

    "How does a intelligent, right-thinking person delude themselves into buying into the Church? What’s at play here, and why would anyone willingly subject themselves to a higher power conjured in sci-fi? It’s wackery."

    It's brainwashing.

  • Fredo

    The more I read about Tom Cruise, the more convinced I get that he's the real-life Kirk Lazarus (RDJ's role in Tropic Thunder). He's more a cypher of various characteristics and roles but no sense of a center that defines and makes it a whole. He's so focused on being the "Superstar Scientologist" that everything has to be perfect at all times.

    Real life isn't like that.

  • L.O.V.E.

    How does an intelligent, right-thinking person delude themselves into buying into the Church?
    Why do you think Scientology targets actors, including the non-famous ones? What other group has the right mix of narcissism crossed with self-doubt to subject themselves to repeated rejection and ridicule based on absurd promises of fame and fortune?

  • My thought on it is that LA is the land of trends ... people trying out trendy hobbies and activities because leisure is so lovely. This happens in other areas of the country, of course, but even more so in Los Angeles. So once you try it out because you've heard so and so is totally into it like you'd hear someone being into yoga or therapy and then you get sucked into it because so many of the people in Scientology are so hardcore about it.

    It's just an idea. I'd like to think that the people who get sucked into it are honestly looking for some kind of trendy philosophy activity and not just trying to hobnob.

  • Leigh

    Totally agree. Remember the Kabalah (Sp?) thing awhile back... everyone in Hollywood needed the little red string around their wrists...

  • And the sad thing is that Kabbalah is a more-or-less legitimate sect of Judaism, but the actual mysticism involved is not to be taken lightly. I mean it's supposed to be dangerous to even the most trained believers, so it's a pretty bad idea for a trendy hobby. (granted what I know about it came from a Judaic writing class taught by a rabbi, but it's been a few years)

  • Meanna

    Seriously, do you and your readers just automatically think that everything on the Interwebs you read is true? C'mon guys, use your brains. This story is total bullshit. Both cruise's PR person and his church have issued statements saying so. Here's how stories like this work: Vanity Fair's newsstand sales are down 20% this year + paid source for sensationalized story = controversial story & increased newsstand, subscription and advertising sales. This is happening everywhere, hence the time magazine breast feeding cover, purposely designed to evoke controversy and sell magazines. Be careful guys, we are all being manipulated by media these days who care little about the truth, and a lot about saving themselves from financial ruin as everyone switches to the web/digital.

  • aeryn

    You response is so typical of an COS' member that is trying to protect their religion/cult/whatever. COS dictate that whenever someone sees negative articles that are wrote about COS, they are supposed to protest it and try to get it removed.

  • kirbyjay

    Meanna Banana. Every Pajiban in this little world has the intelligence to see right through your little post and your so-called religion. I think all of us would believe a publication that could be sued for slander if falsehoods were knowingly made, rather than Tommy Shortstuff and his merry band of whacko's protestations.
    You are trolling in the wrong site. Go back under your bridge.

  • Slash

    Just FYI, when somebody says something negative about ANY religion, I pretty much assume it's mostly true. Just because most people in really higher-echelon positions of authority in any religion are terrible people, usually. I'm sure there are a few exceptions, but they are just that: exceptions. Religion + money always ends badly for everybody who isn't in charge.

    Also, thanks for cluing us all in that media conglomerates like to sell stuff. Really insightful observation.

  • Maguita NYC

    @Devil Child, you just described a contemporary version of a "Holy War".

    @Slash was right in surmising that any negative representation of a "religion" or "sect" to be true. They are all based on falsification of an ideal, that ends up bending to one's bigoted beliefs.

    There is no difference between Scientology and any other recognized world religion: Innocents end up being victimized, while assholes get richer and gain more power.

  • Devil Child

    You've commented numerous times on this, and you've always been wrong.

    It's not like the thing's I'm pointing out are the splinterings of a fundamentalist sect, everything I'm speaking about is CoS mainline thought.

    You've not once provided examples of groups where child abuse and slavery was required by all members from the beginning. You've yet to provide examples of a dedication to eliminate an entire branch of science from existence. You have no examples of merit in a religion being solely based on financial contribution from the beginning.

    Scientology is significantly worse than any other sect you can name. It wasn't founded in some gutter in Saudi Arabia, it's based in Clearwater, Florida in an era of national stability unprecedented in human history. The wealth they collect only ever goes to the top oligarchs of the group, even that frogfaced leech Yasser Arafat had better wealth distribution records to the disadvantaged. L. Ron Hubbard set up a child slave ring a century after the emancipation proclamation. The only hierarchy for spirituality is how much money you pay for classes. The current church head probably murdered his wife. Ex-members have been so humiliated after leaving some have even committed suicide.

    It doesn't matter if there are some things you can never like, but if you hate religious groups so much that you can't see how child slavery, racketeering, government record destruction, and the extermination of an entire branch of science and medical treatment starting in 1950's USA is far worse than anything surrounding it, you're no better than L. Ron's contemptible contemporary Ayn Rand. So shut the fuck up, and take advantage of that unused lump of goop beneath your forehead when dissecting your enemies.

  • Maguita NYC

    You seem hell-bent on confrontation. Don't know if you were hurt by the church, or if that is simply your style of ... communication, when starting the conversation with "you are completely wrong".

    Most of Pajibans are quite aware (I surmise from the comments and past posts) of Co$ misdoings, yet no matter, you go on preaching against Co$ repeatedly, and forcefully throughout the thread.

    How oddly religious.

    I believe what you are saying @Devil child, just take time to masturbate and the hell with Sky-Daddy. Under any name, shape or form.

  • Devil Child

    Don't know if you were hurt by the church, or if that is simply your style of ... communication, when starting the conversation with "you are completely wrong".

    Funnily enough, following the practices of Scientology would've lead to my erasure from existence. Scientology prohibits giving birth in a hospital under any complications not severe enough for the police officer to shoot the irresponsible bastards Scientology deems acceptable midwives. It would've lead to my death maybe an hour after I was born unless our house was very close to an emergency room, then I might've been lucky enough to spend the rest of my life so mentally incapacitated VH1 would give me my own reality show. Though considering one of my parents was a breached birth who's life was saved by the good people of an Army Hospital, I wouldn't have been lucky enough for the chance to die in a Scientology world.

    If you really want to know how the religious aspects of Scientology work, just read this Operation Clambake affiliate site that examines in detail Scientology's Theological doctrines. A cursory examination will show you that L. Ron detests all other religions, requires those of higher OT's to abandon their faith, and that like Ayn Rand, L Ron. believes any attempt to help the poor, follow ones conscience, or doing unto others as you wish for yourself, is evil. Christians, Buddhists, Jews, and progressives are just as bad as Stalinists in Hubbardland.

    You'll find just as many protected pedophiles you'd find in a Penn State locker room. Scientology doesn't deny these people are guilty of child abuse and rape, they just oppose the punishment of any members who make Scientology a lot of money regardless of their guilt.

    By the way, I congratulate every Scientologist and Scientology defender who downvotes my comments. I place more value on one negative vote from you than a hundred positive votes from someone who bothers to think critically.

  • Devil Child

    When did I ever say I believed in anything supernatural?

    Are you completely fucking unaware that large portions, if not the majority, of Jews, Buddhists, and Confucists don't even believe in God, and Hinduism's had an atheist branch going back half a millennium before the birth of Christ? Has it totally slipped your mind that one out of six PKN clergy are either agnostic or atheist? Did no one bother to point out to you that Buddha himself explicitly denied the existence of a creator God?

    My dislike of Scientology has nothing to do with the supernatural* because the organization would be just as morally bankrupt and philosophically toxic as the Nathaniel Branden Institute and the Aryan Brotherhood with or without Xenu. I pop up on Scientology threads to bash this despicable racket precisely because people like you are dismissing how bad the organization is under the meaningless umbrella of all organizations dealing with the supernatural as equally corrupt, making you every bit the blind, stupid fundamentalist Ayn Rand was.

    *Though I definetely think its awful because its artless, graceless, and solely invented to send people into a reality shock after the years and money it takes to move up OT, rather than any desire to create beauty, build a community, or improve the lives of anyone but a small oligarchy. At least the Mormons put in effort to phase out polygamy, racism, and racketeering.

  • Devil Child

    You are just completely wrong.

    Scientology's sole purpose for existence is racketeering.
    They've infiltrated the American government numerous times to purge records against them and gain IRS tax exemption.

    Child abuse is required for all followers. They deny medical care to followers with mental disorders. Non-celebrity members live in project conditions to boost their OT level, and even sell their children to The Sea Org, a glorified slave ring. The very existence of childhood itself is denied by the church to justify such practices.
    Advancement in the church is only dependent on money, connections, and celebrity. People without the proper OT level are denied access to the Xenu story until they've forked over enough dough to where they'd believe the sky is green if you told them.
    Ex-members are humiliated in the press even if said member leaves because the group killed their son, as in the case of John Travolta. Some have even committed suicide.
    The current Church head probably murdered his wife. She hasn't been seen or heard by anyone in half a decade.
    The end goal of the movement is the eradication of psychology, an entire branch of science, not the modification, eradication. Imagine if creationists opposed agriculture because they believed all branches of biology are evil, now stop imagining, because that's what's going on with Scientology.
    Comparing the scale of Scientology's corruption to anything other than Moonie-operations is like comparing the Khmer Rouge to progressiveness.

  • kirbyjay

    and the reason they want to eradicate psychiatry is because it competes with their own auditing process. Vitamins, people, VITAMINS!!!
    an interesting tidbit from the Cruise biography. TC actually had a breakdown of sorts after he made it to OT 8, or whatever the hell the level is. When he found out about Xenu he actually had a psychotic break for a short period of time. It was suggested that he finally embraced the quackness wholeheartedly because he did not want to believe that the time, money and dedication he put into Scientology was all for naught.

  • Maguita NYC

    Someone is going to ace tonight's auditing session! Good job.

  • Bert_McGurt

    "Seriously, do you and your readers just automatically think that everything on the Interwebs you read is true?"
    Nah, not everything. Just the anonymous comments left by someone we've never seen around here before condescendingly telling us how stupid we all must be.

  • Sign my tits, Bert?

  • Jezzer

    And mine.

  • lowercase_ryan

    love this.

  • Koolickle

    You know Pajiba has hit the big time when Scientology plants have come to start commenting.

  • True_Blue

    Yeah. Pajiba should pop a champagne or something.

  • Lee

    I thought at first the comment was sarcastic humour, and I was getting ready to laugh.

  • lowercase_ryan

    yes, because the "church" has such a long and credible track record when it comes to transparency and being forthcoming regarding their practices and operations?

  • True_Blue

    Tom Cruise and Scientology deny the story, so yeah, they must be telling the truth and Vanity Fair is printing lies. Nice try. There are enough stories from multiple sources about what kind of organization Scientology is (not to mention Cruise's couch-jumping) to back up this story.

  • Eve

    Scientology troll detected.

  • Stephen Nein

    This says something about the Internet: I did a search for Ms. Boniadi, and Google's first suggestion was "Nazanin Boniadi height".

    Yeah, I'd say Mr. Cruise's official nickname should be Shortbread.

    (Second was "Nazanin Boniadi feet" . . go figure.)

  • Bert_McGurt

    Cruise apparently felt like she was talking down to him? Pffft, come on. To do that she'd have to be at least, like, 5' 2".

  • Puddin

    Ahem...OH SNAP!

  • Bram

    This jaundiced hack of a dating society is nothing, but a load of old horse shit. If those Scientology druids knew their onions from their oysters they would have paired up Cruise with Travolta many many moons ago.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    They tried. But the E-meter and auditing results said the two power bottoms would just get their Thetans tangled up in each other's Xenu thereby making them both suppressed and damaging their marketability and thus the amount of money they can donate to the church.

    Besides, everyone knows that you're only supposed to put the prong in the e-meter and not the e-meter into the prong.

  • Snath

    God bless you.

  • jt

    I'm guessing this lady joined the organisation to gain access to members of the Hollywood elite to further her career? That has to be it, right? Please tell me people aren't buying into this crazypants cult on purpose. I hope she was just famewhoring. I know sooner or later someone's going to say that believing in Scientology is no crazier than any other religion, but between you and me I'd stay far, far away from the one Tom Cruise picks.

  • OldSchool60

    "Bat-sh*t layered in bananas"

    Dustin, you made my day...again.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I fully admit it, I love reading about scientology. Tony Ortega at the Village Voice is the best. And to anyone who has read anything about Scientology knows that this is beyond tame. This is literally NOTHING in terms of how batshit the "church" gets. Reading about it is like watching the greatest trainwreck the internet has ever seen. It's freaky, scary, unsettling, mind-blowing, and downright disturbing.

  • jane

    That Village Voice blog is addicting. I can't stop checking in every day to see what else pops up.

  • Maguita NYC

    Apologies lowercase_ryan, just noticed your comment and had unfortunately stated almost the same thing upperthread.

    But I definitely agree with you. Have been following Ortega for a while now, and every new story on Co$ amazes me. They get away with so much, and so freaking obviously!

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Fascinating as all hell though.

  • Forbiddendonut

    What’s at play here, and why would anyone willingly subject themselves to a higher power conjured in sci-fi?

    Well, so many people willingly subject themselves to a higher power conjured in fantasy, and lots of people often confuse those genres and they're typically sold together as one category at bookstores, so perhaps that's it.

  • Maguita NYC

    Ah well, everyone talks about their Sky-Daddy watching you masturbate from some fantasy far-away star or kingdom: Whether it be Xenu, Kolob, or any major world religion's notion of "paradise", while battling Mr. Lou Cifer no less. We seem to be always in dire need of acknowledging a higher much-punishing power.

    The problem with Tom Cruise is not his niceness to his fans, it is his apparent unease at functioning as a regular human being, without the power (or rather apparently the fear and pressure) of Xenu feeding him approved lines for expressing appropriate emotion.

    There was never any doubt, in my humble opinion anyway, that Tom Cruise is gay, and goes through Co$ lines to acquire a "proper" straight-white-man front in order to appease the mini-van. The sad thing is, many others, apparently mostly WOMEN, seem to be paying the price for such unnecessary efforts.

    You should read Ortega's reporting on all things Co$, and start wondering how deep said "church" is into high-political power pockets. Especially when you learn that the FBI investigation into swindling 100s of millions of dollars was apparently called off for NO REASON whatsoever.

    Fascinating read that makes you wonder about our "justice system" and rights to "Freedom".

  • Groundloop

    The Village Voice is a great clearing house for information about the COS, but I would like to clarify one thing.

    My Sky-Daddy doesn't watch me masturbate from far away. He prefers that I send a few sessions on holographic memory cubes, after the addition of music and some tasteful transitions of course. It's all about production values folks.

  • Slash

    What would a tasteful transition in a "movie" about masturbation be? Slow dissolve with harp music? Ocean waves breaking on the beach, accompanied by 10 seconds of "Dreamweaver"? I assume "Yakity Sax" would not be considered tasteful, though it would be appropriate.

  • Basement Boy

    More like "Wack-It-y-Sax"!!

  • Groundloop

    "Yakity Sax" is sometimes used, but only during the vinegar strokes.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Star wipe followed by star wipe followed by star wipe.

  • True_Blue

    My understanding is that Scientology doesn't tell about the batsh!t stuff until you are good and hooked. Initially it's sold as a way to deal with life issues--by the time you learn about the (bad) sci-fi stuff, you've invested lots of time and money into this, and all your friends and family are Scientologists. And Scientology knows all your secrets from years of auditing.

  • Clancys_Daddy

    So it really is a religion.

  • Wicked

    Wow, I'm not surprised this involved Tom Cruise. Sure he's a tremendous actor, but he's still insane nontheless. Still, that's just batsh*t crazy right there, you said it right sir.

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