Openness could be Scientology’s salvation

You only have to say the word ‘Scientology’ to get a response. Sometimes it’s a laugh, sometimes it’s a roll of the eyes, but usually it’s a quip about Tom Cruise.

However in the world of the internet mention Scientology and you’ll get a storm of commentary. And it won’t be for giggles.

Both supporters and opponents will go at it hammer and tongs at the slightest mention of anything remotely connected to the religion / cult / scam (depending on who you listen to).

A recent story here at on Katie Holmes’s Broadway debut became a battleground.

Anti-Scientology forces known as ‘Anonymous’ will claim the group is a cult, which charges gullible converts huge amounts to access its teachings, intimidates opponents and believe in an intergalactic warlord called Xenu.

And members of the Church will charge they are the victims of religious persecution and that the only reason other Churches don’t charge money is because they are so established.