Monday, June 25, 2007

Tom Cruise ist verboten!

What are the chances that Germany would actually kick someone out of the country because of their religion? Uh, pretty good, sadly. What are the chances that I'd agree with them? Pretty remote. But consider:

Germany has barred the makers of a movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler from filming at German military sites because its star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

Cruise, also one of the film's producers, is a member of the Church of Scientology which the German government does not recognise as a church. Berlin says it masquerades as a religion to make money, a charge Scientology leaders reject.

Defence Ministry spokesman Harald Kammerbauer said the film makers "will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult".
Obviously I'd normally be kind of concerned that Germany was banning someone because of their religion. But when that religion is a freaky cult like Scientology, well, that's different.