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Scientology is probably the most controversial religion in the united States today -- I have heard lots of talk - mostly a bout  and in reference to Tom Crusie --  I have had a limited but first hand exposure to the religion through an acquaintance several years ago -- I met a person that was and had been an active member of Scientology for many years. I was able to get to know this person quiet well over the span of several months while I allowed them to rent a room in my home -- She was very knowledgeable - unpretentious - independent - honest - respectful - generous - and in all ways a good person and an asset to humanity -- I felt no fear or any kind of threat with her in my home -- We grew to be close friends -- She shared knowledge about Scientology & Dianetics  only when I asked - she never forced anything -- I have books and some DVD's and have read and explored in a limited amount -- I could not say that I am sold on the total religion package  but I have seen and  could  agree with some of their concepts -- Like some other "religions" sometimes it is when the founder is over stated and put on a pedestal and falls from grace that the "religion" is given a bad rap so to  speak -- Jim and Tammy Faye Baker could be examples of a good intent going astray -- I am not sufficiently educated on the history of Scientology to debate the  issue  of it being a healthy direction to follow -- I  can only speak of the person that I came to know and her  character that  was influenced by the  religion --

I have posted here a summary of information  pertaining to Scientology  along with lists  of famous  people that are and were  active members --  due to the enormous publicity that has been seen in the media -- I hope that you will enjoy the read and practice discernment while holding judgments when making decisions   -- and this applies to all people - all religions - all races -- all beliefs --

TRUTH



Overview:

The Scientology religion is an expanding new religion, founded by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The word Scientology means the "study of knowledge or truth" and addresses the rehabilitation and salvation of the human spirit.

According to a Scientology website:

"Today its more than 6,000 churches, missions, related organizations, groups and activities span the globe and minister the religion to more than eight million people in 159 countries in over 66 languages." 1


Additionally, Churches of Scientology support more than a thousand social betterment groups, which utilize L. Ron Hubbard's methods in the fields of education, drug and criminal rehabilitation, and moral rejuvenation.
The total number of Scientologists in the world is extremely difficult to estimate, for a variety of reasons. Estimates range from 100 thousand to 10 million.

The Church has expanded more in the last five years than in the preceding fifty. In the last year alone, new Scientology groups, missions and churches have opened at the rate of three per day.


Topics covered in this section:

bulletBasic information about Scientology Its symbols, history, beliefs and practices
bulletHow many Scientologists are there?
 
bulletAdditional information: Programs, important dates, books & magazines
 
bulletResolution of religious intolerance
 
bulletInternet/copyright conflicts
 
bulletHuman rights programs
 
bulletNews from the media between 2007-OCT and now

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Reference used:

  1. "Scientology®: A reference work presented by the Church of Scientology International," at: http://www.bonafidescientology.org/

Recommended book:

James R. Lewis, "Scientology," Oxford University Press, 2009-MAR, 464 pages. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. List price is $35.00. Amazon.com sells it for $25.20 as of 2009-APR-13..
Product description (shared by Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble):

Scientology is arguably the most persistently controversial of all contemporary New Religious Movements. The Church of Scientology has been involved in battles over tax issues, a ten-year conflict with the Food and Drug Administration, extended turmoil with a number of European governments, and has even been subjected to FBI raids in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
 
Negative publicity, however, has not prevented the Church from experiencing remarkably steady growth. Official national census figures indicate that the number of Scientologists grew significantly in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia throughout the 1990s, and studies show that the Church gained 10,000 members in the United States during that decade. This has led Scientology to begin referring to itself as "The World's Fastest Growing Religion." But despite its highly public profile, recently enhanced by celebrity spokespersons like Tom Cruise and Isaac Hayes, little has been published about the Church, its history, theology, and mission.


The present volume brings together an international group of top scholars on New Religious Movements to offer an extensive and even-handed overview and analysis of all of these aspects of Scientology, including the controversies to which it continues to give rise. The book's six parts take a detailed look at the Church through its similarities to and differences from other religions, conflicts with various groups, overseas missions, and its theology, history, and sociology.

James R. Lewis has assembled an unusually comprehensive anthology, incorporating a wide range of different approaches. This volume is a welcome and long-overdue resource for scholars, students, and others interested in this controversial and little-understood religious movement.


http://www.religioustolerance.org/scientol.htm


Famous Scientologists
Celebrity, Influential, Notable Members of the Church of Scientology

It is not the purpose or intention of this website to track which famous people are currently active within this or any other denomination. But because so many famous celebrities are adherents of Scientology for only a brief time, while others become life-long members, while there is yet a third group that was born and raised in the Church, we have divided the names below into separate lists.



These lists reflect the status indicated by the extensively researched and annotated "scientology celebrities FAQ" of alt.religion.scientology, written by Tilman Hausherr (version last updated 1 July 2005).




Current Scientologists (and deceased famous people who were in Scientology when they passed away):

  • L. Ron Hubbard - best-selling science fiction author; founder of Scientology
  • John Travolta - actor
  • Chick Corea - influential American jazz pianist and composer
  • Brandy (Norwood) - R&B singer, actress
  • Tom Cruise - actor, movie star
  • Nancy Cartwright - voiceover artist best known as voice of "Bart Simpson" on The Simpsons
  • Jason Beghe - actor
  • Xavier Deluc - actor
  • Jason Dohring - actor
  • Michael Fairman - actor
  • Geoffrey Lewis - actor
  • Christopher Masterson - actor
  • Danny Masterson - actor
  • Haywood Nelson - actor
  • Eduardo Palomo - actor
  • Jeff Pomerantz - actor
  • Patrick Renna - actor
  • Giovanni Ribisi - (a.k.a. Vonni Ribisi) actor
  • Michael D. Roberts - actor
  • Bodhi Elfman - actor
  • Jason Lee - actor and professional skateboarder
  • Kirstie Alley - actress
  • Mimi Rogers - actress (2nd generation)
  • Anne Archer - actress
  • Jennifer Aspen - actress
  • Catherine Bell - actress
  • Erika Christensen - actress
  • Jenna Elfman - actress
  • Katie Holmes - actress
  • Kimberley Kates - actress
  • Juliette Lewis - actress
  • Priscilla Presley - actress
  • Leah Remini - actress
  • Marissa Ribisi - actress
  • Michelle Stafford - actress
  • Karen Black - actress
  • Kelly Preston - actress
  • Kate Ceberano - actress and musician
  • Judy Norton-Taylor - actress and musician
  • Lisa Marie Presley - singer; daughter of Elvis Presley
  • Billy Sheehan - rock and fusion bass player
  • David Campbell - musician
  • Dave Davies - musician
  • Isaac Hayes - musician
  • Nicky Hopkins - musician
  • Mark Isham - musician
  • David Pomeranz - musician
  • Rob Thomas - musician
  • Patrick Warren - musician
  • Edgar Winter - musician
  • Beck - singer (a.k.a. Beck Hansen)
  • Carina Ricco - singer, actress, composer
  • Gloria Rusch-Novello - singer, writer, composer
  • Karen Nelson Bell - producer, director and musician
  • Robert Zoller - author
  • Floyd Mutrux - screenwriter, director, producer
  • Terry Jastrow - TV producer and director
  • Peter Medak - film director
  • Carl W. Rohrig - (a.k.a. Pablo Roehrig) painter
  • Franca Cerveni - radio and television announcer
  • James T. Sorensen - photographer
  • Keith Code - motorcycle racing instructor
  • Megan Shields - physician and author of health books, incl. Arthritis: The Doctor's Cure, etc.
  • Chaka Khan - singer
  • Sonny Bono - singer ("Sonny and Cher"), U.S. Representative
  • Mary Bono - widow of Sonny Bono; U.S. Representative
  • Heber Jentzsch - President of the Church of Scientology
  • Ernest Lehman - screenwriter of The Sound of Music
  • Greta Van Susteren - host of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren new show on FOX TV
  • Werner Erhard - former Scientologist who founded est
  • David Miscavige - important Church of Scientology religious leader; chairman of the board for Religious Technology Center
  • Jim Johnson - owner and founder of Mr. Jim's Pizza chain
  • Lee Purcell - actress, Big Wednesday, etc.
  • Michael Wiserman - Predator 2, etc.
  • Gary Imhoff - actor; Thumbelina, etc.
  • Manu Tupou - actor and acting teacher; Hawaii
  • Dror Soref - director; The Seventh Coin, etc.
  • Amanda Ambrose - singer, vocal teacher
  • Milton Ketselas - one of Hollywood's most successful acting teachers, who heads the Beverly Hills Playhouse
  • Jim Rogers - celebrity producer, manager (ex-husband of Mimi Rogers)
  • Linda Blair - actress best known for The Exorcist
  • Arnaud Boetsch - tennis player
  • Darius Brubeck - musician, member of "Brubeck Band"
  • Sharon Case - actress
  • Glenn Zottola - trumpeter
  • Andrew Loog Oldham - writer
  • Dick Zimmerman - celebrity photographer
  • Jeffrey Tambor - actor
  • Eddie Deezen - actor
  • Corin Nemec - actor
  • Anita Mally - actress, screenwriter
  • Julia Migenes - opera singer
  • Lightfield Lewis - actor, director
  • Charles Lakes - Olympic gymnast
  • Laura Prepon - actress
  • Helga Wagner - jewelry designer; dated Prince Charles and Sen. Ted Kennedy
  • Deborah Rennard - actress
  • Sofia Milos - actress
  • Placido Domingo, Jr. - singer
  • Robert F. Lyons - actor and drama teacher
  • Carolyn Judd - ad writer and producer
  • Paul Haggis - screenwriter, story editor, TV producer
  • Josele Garza - racing car driver from Mexico
  • Lenny Macaluso - musician, songwriter, producer
  • Phillipe de Henning - racing driver, fashion designer
  • Milton Katselas - acting teacher, director
  • Maxine Nightingale - singer
  • Mario Feninger - composer and concert pianist
  • Jeffrey Scott - script writer, grandson of Moe Howard
  • Pamela Roberts - actress, clothes designer
  • Elena Roggero - Italian singer, songwriter
  • Karen Nelson-Bell - producer
  • Lamia Khashoggi - wife of wealthy and famous Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi
  • Noelle North - dancer, voice-over actress
  • Misha Segal - composer
  • Andrik Schapers - singer from Netherlands
  • Cass Warner - writer
  • Jason Lee - actor ("Chasing Amy")
  • Michelle Stafford - actress ("The Young and the Restless")
  • Denice Duff - actress ("The Young and the Restless")
  • Lynsey Bartilson - actress ("Grounded for Life")
  • Tom Fair - (a.k.a. Tom Feher) lyrcist for the 60s rock group the Left Banke
  • Moon Martin - rock star; "Bad Case of Lovin' You"
  • Clive Clerk - actor, singer
  • Jim McMullin - actor
  • Michael Wiseman - child actor ("Predator 2")
  • Ludwig Fisher - actor and artist
  • Ryan Paris - singer, musician
  • Michael Schnitzler - violinist
  • Peter Winsnes - actor
  • Eric Sherman - director
  • Peter Schless - composer, synthetisist and producer
  • Diana Venegas - beauty queen; Miss Venezuela; lace-gowns boutique in Beverly Hills
  • Jackson Sousa - Hollywood celebrity trainer
  • Michael Sellers - concert pianist
  • Susie Coelho - actress
  • Hans Gunter Arenz - race car driver
  • Fermin Sanchez - race car driver
  • Kit Carson - motorcycle racer
  • Al DiMeola - jazz musician
  • Janet Greeson - owner of Diet Centers
  • Willie B. Wilson - oil billionaire
  • Tony Morales - drummer with the Rippingtons
  • Hossam Ramzy - North African percussion ensemble leader, played with Peter Gabriel
  • Amanda Rice - (formerly "Raven") stripper; previously Kiefer Sutherland's girlfriend

Current Status in Scientology Is Unknown:
  • Bernadette Peters - actress
  • Jerry Seinfeld - comedian
  • Nicole Kidman - actress
  • Neil Gaiman - science fiction and comic book writer
  • Shirley MacLaine - actress (may have never been a member)
  • Harry Kipper - (a.k.a. Martin von Haselberg) performance artist, husband of singer Bette Midler
  • Amy Heckerling - director
  • Gottfried Helnwein - graphic artist
  • Wings Hauser - actor
  • Melanie - folk singer
  • Gloria Swanson - actress
  • Eden Vanning - violinist
  • Helena Rojo - Mexican singer
  • Sasha Malinin - Russian pop star
  • Helaine Lembeck - actress
  • Kim Yates - softcore "adult film" actress
  • Tony Jacklin - pro golfer

Past Adherents not Currently in Scientology:
  • Oliver Stone - film director
  • J.D. Salinger - popular, acclaimed novelist for his novel The Catcher in the Rye
  • Brad Pitt - actor
  • William S. Burroughs - author and Beat Generation icon
  • Christopher Reeve - actor who played "Superman"
  • Van Morrison - influential singer, songwriter, musician (lapsed)
  • Soleil Moon Frye - actress best known as "Punky Brewster"
  • Sharon Stone - actress
  • Peggy Lipton - actress
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov - ballet dancer
  • Patrick Swayze - actor
  • Kate Capshaw - actress, Steven Spielberg's wife
  • Rock Hudson - actor, movie star
  • Emilio Estevez - actor
  • John Brodie - football player
  • Don Simpson - producer, Top Gun, etc.
  • Candice Bergen - actress, star of TV series Murphy Brown, Boston Public, etc. (may have not actually been a member)
  • Leonard Cohen - songwriter, poet
  • Stanley Clarke - jazz bassist
  • Darby Crash - punk rocker
  • Ricky Martin - singer
  • Olivia D'Abo - actress
  • Cathy Lee Crosby - actress
  • Gloria Gaynor - singer and "disco queen"
  • Howard Wilkins - founder of Pizza Hut
  • Diana Canova - singer, actress
  • Raven de la Croix - stripper, psychic, actress
  • Gabor Szabo - jazz guitarist and composer (died 1982)
  • A.E. van Vogt - science fiction writer
  • Ingo Swann - writer, psychic, painter
  • Barbara Carrera - actress
  • Frank Stallone - actor, singer, songwriter; brother of Sylvester Stallone
  • Michael Garson - musician who toured with David Bowie
  • Michael Edwards - male model, former boyfriend of Priscilla Presley
  • Peter Lupus - actor (Mission Impossible TV series)
  • Al Jarreau - singer
  • Wendon Swift - Hollywood author, manager
  • Bobby Lipton - actor
  • Dini Petty - talk show host
  • Demi Moore - actress
  • Kalle Pohl - comedian
  • Bert Salzman - producer; won Academy Award in 1975 for a short film and thanked L. Ron Hubbard in speech
  • Bernhard Paul - clown, manager of "Circus Roncalli"
  • Harold Puthoff - mathematician, physicist, ESP researcher
  • The Incredible String Band - musicians, band
  • Lee Konitz - jazz musician
  • Stephen Boyd - actor
  • Joan Prather - actress
  • Leif Garrett - pop star
  • Carlos Palomino - athlete
  • Bruce Penhall - actor
  • Lou Rawls - soul music, jazz, and blues singer
  • John Dalmas - science fiction writer
  • Michael Lembeck - actor, director
  • Mickey McMeel - Three Dog Knight drummer
  • Cynthia Sikes - actress
  • Gordon Lightfoot - singer, composer, lyricist
  • Dale Haddon - actress, model
  • Chick Vennera - actor
  • Joan DiVito Vennera - actor
  • Flo Allen - major Hollywood agent
  • Hunter Carson - actor
  • Penny Perry - casting director
  • Ed Love -
  • Steven Boyd -
  • Lisa Blount - actress
  • Aldous Huxley - writer
  • Josh Dohnen - agent
  • Anne Francis - actress
  • Eileen Brennan - actress
  • Horst Buchholtz - actor
  • Tom Skeritt - actor
  • Nan Herst Bowers - celebrity, publicist
  • John Longenecker - Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker
  • Kathleen Brown - ran for governor of California (not clear if she was official member)
  • Maude Adams - actress, model
  • Charles Manson - infamous serial killer

Names of additional famous people reported as adherents and former adherents, from the links shown above. See the links shown in the box for additional details about these people:

P.J. Proby

Marvin Price

Phil Spickler

Barry Stein

Joseph Winter

Chrissy Monk

Sky Dayton

Rufus Buck

Dominic Preston

Katy Newell

Barbara Schwarz

Doug E. Fresh

Ethan Suplee

Frank Kelly Freas

Lisa McPherson

Liz Phair

Lynsey Bartilson

Marisol Nichols

Pablo Santos

Reed Slatkin

Woody Woodmansey

Trevor Bolder

Crispin Howard Sanford

Ernest Lebel

Calista Carradine

Harriet Schock

Larry Anderson

Jill Tate

Susan Royal

Geoff Levin

Donna Keegan

Martina Migenes

Brian Adams (football player)

Colleen Camp

Lon Tinney

Neal Israel

Jeff Lewis

Kathy Smith

Lisa London

Richard Royce

Tamara Wilcox Smith

Michael Parsons


People who have been reported as having connections to Scientology, but have apparently never actually been Scientologists:
- Courtney Love - credited Scientology-associated group Narconon in the liner notes of one of her CDs, but she was not a Church member Premiere Magazine (September 1993), pp. 85-92. URL: http://www.rickross.com/reference/Scien12.html

Religion: Scientology

Source: NNDB.com (http://www.nndb.com/lists/278/000069071/; viewed 5 July 2005)

http://www.adherents.com/largecom/fam_scientologist.html




Famous Scientologists

Wednesday May 10, 2006
Just about everyone knows that Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, and John Travolta are Scientologists, but they aren't the only famous members of this organization. Quite a few people, especially in Hollywood, seem to be attracted to the Church of Scientology. Do you know who they are? Wikipedia has a list which includes:

Anne Archer, actress
Cathy Lee Crosby, actress
Jenna Elfman, actress, raised Catholic
Chaka Khan, singer
Jason Lee, actor and professional skateboarder
Juliette Lewis, actress
Corin Nemec, actor
Bernadette Peters, actress and singer
Mimi Rogers, actress
Patrick Swayze, actor
Greta Van Susteren


There are also a number of famous ex-Scientologists, too, including:

J. J. Abrams, Writer
Emilio Estevez, actor (renounced it and won’t discuss it)
Charles Manson, serial killer
Ricky Martin, singer (says he dabbled in it)
Van Morrison, singer, songwriter
Jerry Seinfeld, comedian
Oliver Stone, director (said involvement was finished after 4 months)
Sharon Stone, actress


http://atheism.about.com/b/2006/05/10/famous-scientologists.htm 







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