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Tom Cruise: Scientology Cured my Dyslexia

 

In an upcoming issue of People magazine, Tom Cruise claims that his new age religion Scientology helped him cure his dyslexia. He converted to it after he filmed Top Gun.

He says that as a kid "I'd try to concentrate on what I was reading, then I'd get to the end of the page and have very little memory of anything I'd read. I would go blank, feel anxious, nervous, bored, frustrated, dumb."

He says that thanks to L Ron Hubbards teachings, "I realized I could absolutely learn anything that I wanted to learn." Cruise has funded the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project, which wants to use Scientology teaching methods in secular schools.

 
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  evil cult!  
 
Its a shame that Hollywood glamorizes cults that rob people of their money and now want to use Bush's faith based initiatives to infiltrate the public schools.
I met a woman trying to recruit people for scientology on the streets of Brighton and she told me I wasn't material because I didn't value money over other stuff. I also don't believe in the whole alien starting Earth business either!
And what Cruise had sounds more like childhood ADD which he outgrew. ;)
 
  by: JFURY     07/12/2003 03:54 AM     
  i agree with jfury  
 
deffintly a cult!
i have dyslexia i can tell him no religon will help ;0)
 
  by: StonedWookie   07/12/2003 05:00 AM     
  @stoned  
 
Scientology will say pay us $50,000 and we can cure it! ;)
ScientologyWatch.org:

http://www.scientologywatch.org/...
 
  by: JFURY     07/12/2003 05:12 AM     
  the real cure  
 
I worked with a man who had dyslexia and he used techniques to overcome it. He used a word calculator and we used reading what he wrote out loud to help him learn to correct what he wrote.
Before we met, he was an officer in the military and decided on college because he enjoyed learning not because he needed the money.
He realized there was no cure other than finding ways to make up for how he wrote and he didn't let this disability slow him down one bit or have him join some silly cult.
 
  by: JFURY     07/12/2003 05:17 AM     
  Re: i agree with jfury  
 
"Evil cult" is in my oppinion a very superficial and medieval characterization of Scientology.

If Tom Cruise believes he was cured because of Scientology, then I have no problems with that. Why do you?

If you disagree with their beliefs then make your case with arguments, not colorful expressions like "evil cult".

This isn't a witch hunt and people do have the right to believe in anything they want to, without asking for your approval.

And for good measure I would like to say that I am not a member of Scientology, nor in all honesty a strong believer in any religion. I just don't like people who promote prejudice or tell me what to think.
 
  by: mberg     07/12/2003 08:08 PM     
  @mberg  
 
I'll be more objective. "evil cult" doesn't explain anything as you rightfully point out. I just think of Lisa McPherson who died during their initiation rites. http://www.lisamcpherson.com/...
I think of a faith which uses coercion against critics and people who try to break away, not to mention courts. A group that raises money and to fulfill its own greed, much like those TV evangelists.
http://www.xenu.net/...
They use a form of psychotherapy called auditing to break people down and become "clear."
http://www.xenu.net/...
To me the stuff they do makes then a "evil cult." Sorry if I get dogmatic sometimes; I was brought up Catholic and have Irish relatives who invented the word "stubborn." ;)
 
  by: JFURY     07/12/2003 10:51 PM     
  hmm  
 
it's just the same as every other religion, so i guess "evil cult" was a pretty good description.
 
  by: hungrylikethewolf   07/14/2003 06:06 AM     
  Helpful  
 
In response to a man bettering himself through his own efforts, comments are criticizing that source of help. The article was a personal attestation, "I was helped". The comments respond by criticizing that source of help.
 
  by: Terryeo   12/06/2007 07:55 AM     
 
 
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