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|Scientology Lands in The City|
- New HQ for religion of Tom Cruise and John Travolta
FIVE thousand Scientologists from around the world turned up in the City of London yesterday for the opening ceremony of the church's new UKP24 million HQ.
There were no signs of aliens, Tom Cruise or John Travolta – unless lurking in the fourth dimension - but many of Scientology's leading lights were on Queen Victoria Street and they were welcomed by some of their counterparts in the City establishment, including police Chief Superintendent Kevin Hurley, who said that the controversial religion was a "force for good" in London society.
David Miscavige, one of the Scientologist’s top priests, was keen to point out the importance of London in the 50-year history of his faith, particularly for the fact Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard, a sci-fi author, was a frequent visitor.
"This is the city wherein he first defined the human spirit as an immortal being possessed of capabilities beyond anything predicted and so arrived at the axiomatic truths on which the whole of Scientology is founded," said Miscavige.
There are an estimated 120,000 Scientologists in Britain, part of a worldwide figure of 10 million. The core beliefs of Scientology are not easy to confirm as they are revealed piecemeal as one progresses through the ranks.
Some who have done so and subsequently left the organisation say that among the secrets is the idea that the human race was introduced to Earth by an alien species, but this is thought to be unconnected to Tom Cruise’s sofa-jumping antics on the Oprah Winfrey show.
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