According to recent interviews from defectors of the Church of Scientology, Tom Cruise is considered a god among the lower level parishioners in the church.
Bree Mood, a Scientology defector who recently left the church said that Tom Cruise is considered a “god” or “deity” among practitioners of the religion. Mood also revealed that Scientology churches bus their members to theaters every time one of the actor’s films is released, and regularly take them back for second and third screenings.
“Tom Cruise was a god in the lower ranks … every time a Tom Cruise movie came out they’d buy all his tickets. It could be 500, 1,000, up to 2,500 people. I’m not kidding,” Mood said.
After her escape from the church, Mood described the abuse that she endured in an interview with the Daily Mail. Mood says that she was forced to have an abortion and was punished with hard labor for breaking the rules of the church.
Despite its enduring popularity in Hollywood, the Church of Scientology has been riddled with scandals involving terrible human rights violations. For a long time, the things that went on inside the church were mostly unknown, but in recent years the unethical practices of the church have been exposed by numerous whistleblowers.
In many cases, some of the high profile defectors were family members of current church leader David Miscavige. Both David’s father and niece have come forward to speak out against the organization, and have each written books about what goes on behind the scenes at the Church of Scientology.
The most high profile defector from the church is actress Leah Remini, who was in the church since she was a child, but publicly left the organization several years ago and went on to expose their crimes with a book and television series.
Remini has also said that members of the church consider Tom Cruise a deity.
“He is second to David Miscavige — the savior of the free world,” Remini said.
Remini also said that Tom Cruise is aware of the abuse that takes place at the church, and that he is actively trying to cover it up.
“Where Tom is concerned… He is very aware of the abuses that go on in Scientology. He’s been part of it. He’s best friends with David Miscavige, so he’s privy to the punishments that David Miscavige doles out, and I’ve been told by a senior executive of Scientology, who was there, that David Miscavige constantly threatened the staff at Gold Base with bringing Tom Cruise to Gold Base to kick their f*cking asses,” Remini said in an interview with The Daily Beast.
Tom De Vocht, a former member of Scientology’s Commodore Messenger’s Organization (CMO), or its internal police, says that Cruise and Miscavige get along very well, and are both extremely self-absorbed.
“They’re two peas in a pod. They’re very similar characters—both rather absorbed by themselves, and intensely so. You don’t want to look at ’em wrong, say anything wrong, and you definitely don’t want to better them in any way. You had to be very careful around them,” De Vocht said.
Another defector, Valerie Haney, who was a member of Scientology’s Sea Org for 22 years, says that the church “auditioned” Cruise’s girlfriends. Haney alleges that Cruise’s marriage to Katie Holmes was arranged through one of these auditions. Haney also said that Cruise and Miscavige were deities in their own minds.
“Tom Cruise worships David Miscavige like a god. They worshiped each other,” Haney said.
Below is an interview with Ron Miscavige, father of David Miscavige.