Scientologists Want to Censor Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes Stories

Celebrity News Jul. 8, 2012 AT 8:00PM
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise arrive at the world premiere of "The Kennedys" in Beverly Hills. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise arrive at the world premiere of "The Kennedys" in Beverly Hills. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Not all publicity is good publicity. Just ask Daniele Lattanzi, a Scientologist extremely upset by the omnipresent coverage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' divorce -- and the related questions it's raised about the Church of Scientology, of which Cruise is famously a member.

Former Scientologist leader Marty Rathbun, often described as Tom Cruise's former spiritual mentor, used his blog to share an irate email written by Lattanzi, whom he describes as a member of the "Office of Special Affairs (dirty tricks and propaganda Scientology Inc.)".

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In the call-to-arms (sent to other "operatives"), Lattanzi bemoans coverage of the high-profile split -- and urges other followers to censor such stories online, providing detailed instructions on how to do so (by reporting "abuse").

"While this [divorce] is a personal matter, when people start to bring our religion into the middle and a bunch of uninformed people start to spread false datum, rumors and defame our religion it became a matter that does affect my Dynamics and I believe that affects yours as well," Lattanzi writes.

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"Well, I am not somebody that I am going to simply stand and watch a bunch of uninformed people putting my religion under the carpet," she continues. "So here is a simple hatting on how you can causative fight back and at the same time stand up and defend our religion on the internet."

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A rep for the Church of Scientology told the Daily News it had no knowledge of Lattanzi's email:

"An email from a Scientologist is no more from the Church of Scientology than an email from a Catholic is from the Vatican. This did not come from the Church or anyone associated with the Church, nor is it a Church plan."

Since leaving the Church of Scientology, Rathbun has used his blog to scrutinize the mysterious organization.

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