The Tom Cruise Scientology video has been out for a few days now and has garnered, I feel, more attention than is really deserved.
In an interview with ABC News, Cruise's lawyer says that making fun of a man for discussing his beliefs is wrong. I totally agree! Now mark this day, because it's likely going to be the only day I ever agree with something Scientology-related. Regardless, Gawker, the gossip website that's leading the legal charge against cease-and-desist claims by the church, said that if the Oprah incident was an 8, this is a 10. I saw nothing to even come close to matching the hilarity of Tom leaping about on camera. It's nothing more than a man, deeply involved with his church, discussing how he feels about it, himself, and his meaning in life.
Yes, Scientology is pretty stupid. It's one of the more absurd religions, but every religion, absolutely every religion on Earth, is pretty absurd in some, perhaps many, ways. I'm sure there are thousands of self-important people mocking Cruise for discussing his beliefs, while they themselves then go off on Sunday or some other holy day and listen to some designated leader prattle on about how their beliefs are right and just. Cruise is saying the same thing. His beliefs are right, and he knows it. That's the basis of every religion everywhere! No one, in any other religion, has any right to mock Cruise. No one.
Only if you are a dyed-in-the-wool atheist/agnostic (can there be a dyed-in-the-wool agnostic?) do you have any right to mock him (leaves me in the clear), but then, why bother? If you want to deride religion there are much bigger, juicier targets out there. Last I checked, Scientology doesn't send out young men to cafes where they blow themselves up. Scientology didn't have the Crusades (haha, Cruiseade). Scientology doesn't seem to enjoy burning down other's churches. Scientology is no better or worse than other faith-based beliefs. And I fully, 100% support Tom Cruise in this. He discussed his beliefs, and because it's open season on his church, other people with equally baseless beliefs open up there guns, if for no other reason than to make themselves feel better about their own stupidity.
As Chris Crocker said, leave Tom Cruise alone!