Tom Cruise recently sent a plaque to several journalists with a note saying he also made a donation in their name to the International Association of Scientologists.
I’m afraid that the directors are uncomfortable accepting a donation in the name of somebody who obviously would not approve. Although we appreciate your interest in donating to us, they believe it is inappropriate for ICSA to be part of what is described in various correspondences circulating on the Web. We would be happy to apply the donation to ex-member conference/workshop scholarships, if it is made in the name of the true donors, but not if it is made in the name of somebody who does not approve of the donation.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of ICSA,
Carol Giambalvo, Director”
– Posted at Scientology Kills
A group of anti-cult activists involved in educating the public about the teachings and practices of the Church of Scientology has now responded with a similar gesture of their own. They have made a $1000 donation to a cult information organization on behalf of Tom Cruise.
The donation was made to the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), formerly known as the American Family Foundation.
Cruise, who actively proselytizes for Scientology, last December also sent a Christmas card to David and Victoria Beckham. He included a copy of Scientology’s so-called ‘Code of Honour,’ and told the couple he had made a donation to the church on their behalf.
The journalists received a plaque listing the 12 rules of Scientology.
In turn, the cult information activists are sending Tom Cruise a certificate listing the ‘Marks of a Destructive Cult,’ and informing him that a donation has been made on his behalf to the ICSA.
The certificate reads as follows:
Marks of a Destructive Cult
1) Mind control (undue influence): Manipulation by use of coercive persuasion or behavior modification techniques without informed consent.
2) Charismatic leadership: claiming divinity or special knowledge and demanding unquestioning obedience with power and privilege.
3) Deception: recruiting and fund raising with hidden objectives and without full disclosure of the use of mind controlling techniques; use of front groups.
4) Exclusivity: Secretiveness or vagueness by followers regarding activities and beliefs.
5) Alienation: Separation from family, friends and society, a change in values and substitution of the cult as the new family; evidence of subtle or abrupt personality changes.
6) Exploitation: Can be financial, physical, or psychological.
7) Totalitarian World view (we/they syndrome): Effecting dependence, promoting goals of the group over the individual and approving unethical behavior while claiming goodness.
The Church of Scientology is widely recognized as a destructive cult.
The note sent along with the certificate has the following text:
‘Dear Mr. Cruise, Weíve read of your recent donations to charity on behalf of others and felt you would appreciate our effort. We are happy, therefore, to send you this certificate entitled ‘Marks of a Destructive Cult’ and inform you that a donation has been made in your name to the International Cultic Studies Association.
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and seven donors who wish to remain anonymous.
– The Selling of a Church: The Courting of Celebrities
Alt.religion.scientology is a Usenet discussion group about Scientology. In January, 1995, the Church of Scientology – which has engaged in a number of censorship and spamming efforts – has attempted to remove the discussion group.
The International Cultic Studies Association is an interdisciplinary network of academicians, professionals, former group members, and families who study and educate the public about social-psychological influence and control, authoritarianism, and zealotry in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments.
ICSA, the leading professional organization concerned about cultic groups and psychological manipulation, is known for its professionalism and capacity to respond effectively to families, former and current group members, helping professionals, and scholars.