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TOM Cruise's kids Isabella, 28, and Connor, 26, have followed in their father's footsteps and reportedly become "rock stars" in the world of Scientology.
Rising up the ranks of the religion, Isabella has taken a new role as an auditor - effectively a counsellor to other members that helps them with "spiritual distress".
Defectors have also leaked documents, exposing the church’s secrets to unwanted scrutiny.
Celebrity members have left its ranks, including the And though the church claims millions of members, census figures say its numbers in the U. may have fallen to 25,000 or lower in 2008 from a peak of 55,000 in 2001.
Ron Hubbard’s early suggestions that he was a new Buddha.
In a sign of Taiwan’s importance to the church, Scientology chief David Miscavige also attended the 2013 Kaohsiung reopening of the hotel as a Scientology megachurch.
Speaking before the throngs of celebrants who blocked the flow of traffic, Taiwan’s deputy director of the Ministry of the Interior praised the group that funded the renovation and presented them, for the 10th year straight, with the national “Excellent Religious Group” award.“For years you have dedicated your time and lives to anti-drug work and human- rights dissemination,” said the director, echoing praise offered by the mayor’s office and the president’s national-policy adviser.
The name on the award was the same as the one newly blazoned in steel letters across the building’s façade, the same as the one that flanked the building in a gigantic vertical banner, a name that elsewhere might draw stares but in Taiwan has drawn government praise: SCIENTOLOGY.
Some of Scientology’s highest-ranking members have left the church in recent years and denounced its leaders for alleged abuses.
When I visited one evening last fall, I saw dozens of people coming and going in the course of a few hours.
Taiwanese believers are also fundraising to build the island’s second lavish megachurch in Taipei.
He said: "The local scientology community is like a big high school, and Connor is the star jock.
"Everybody knows him and wants to go out on his big-ass fishing boat." Tom Cruise is reportedly seen as a "god" within the church - and low ranking members are ordered to watch his new films multiple times.