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Gardaí in Dublin have launched an investigation after a mother claimed her son was attacked in the new Scientology HQ in Firhouse.

She told officers in Rathfarnham Garda Station her son, 14, had suffered a fractured wrist, cuts and bruising following an assault that took place at the site at around 6pm on Saturday.

A source told The Irish Sun: “This is a very serious accusation involving a child and will be thoroughly investigated. The child has suffered a serious injury and has been left in a distressed state.

“Gardai will also hope to have the full co-operation of the Church of Scientology on this matter.”

The centre has faced huge opposition from local residents and ex-members since its opening last October.

Local Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe said: “I would have huge concerns about the ­allegation a minor has been assaulted at this facility.

“A lot of paranoia surrounds this group and there are also a lot of concerns in the local community about what their aims and objectives are.

“I’ve huge concerns in relation to the group itself. It is a cult. I wouldn’t be encouraging anybody to be using the facilities.”

The woman and son are said to be not connected to the facility.

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Protests are due to take place in Dublin today as former Victory Outreach building is unveiled as the new European hub for Scientology.

According to a number of reports, the building in Firhouse was purchased by the organisation for €6 million, and is set to be used as a headquarters for members to meet and study the religion's teachings.

Currently, the organisation boasts two small hubs in the Irish capital, but its latest purchase allows for a much larger crowd capacity.

With the public anticipating the arrival of Scientology leader, David Miscavige, ex-members are reportedly planning to gather at the organisation's new location to protest.

It is understood that current Scientology members have been making an effort to ingratiate themselves into the community while former members are distributing literature in the same area which highlights their grievances with the teachings of the 'church'.

While the recent census suggests that Scientologists in Ireland number less than 100, reports claim that the organisation intends to welcome hundreds of new recruits in the coming weeks.

The protest is set to begin at 2.30 this afternoon.

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Since Leah Remini made the decision to leave Scientology four years ago, she's made no effort to conceal her feelings about the organisation, and its shortcomings.

From criticising Scientology leader, David Miscavige, to revealing she considers Tom Cruise 'diabolical', the former King of Queens star has no problem airing her views on the controversial religion.

And this week, the 47-year-old actress revealed that she was put under pressure to convert her former co-star Kevin James – an undertaking she didn't readily agree to.

"I never tried to recruit Kevin into Scientology to the, you know, dismay of Scientology" she said while speaking to People.

Leah and Kevin starred opposite each other in the smash-hit CBS show for nine years as Carrie and Doug Heffernan, and during that time church officials urged the mother-of-one to recruit the actor.

Leah recalls: "They always tried to get me to, [asking] ‘Why is he not in? Why have you not promoted it to him?’ I was like, ‘Because he’s Catholic. What don’t you understand about that?’”

The actress claimed the organisation's leaders struggled to understand why the New York native was having difficulty converting the actor during her time on the popular programme.

Recalling the conversations which took place after she told them that Kevin would not be joining the organisation, Leah said: "Yeah, but if you get him in, you gotta find out what’s ruining his life’ — I go, ’There’s nothing ruining his life, he’s very happy."

Hammering home the point to her former peers, Leah recalled saying: "I know that’s very hard for everyone to understand here, but he doesn’t want anything to do with you."

Leah recently revealed that current Scientology members, including Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss, are forbidden from speaking to her since she defected back in 2013.

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After living the vast majority of her life as a Scientologist, popular actress, Leah Remini, left the controversial church in 2013.

Following this decision, which has made countless headlines over the course of the last four years, Leah has dedicated a large portion of her life to speaking out against the so-called religion.

From presenting and producing documentary series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, to penning an autobiography detailing her time in the church, the 40-year-old star has been more than candid about her experiences.

And with many high-profile names still affiliated with the religion, it's no surprise that the King of Queens actress is often grilled on the effect her departure has had on previous relationships.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Leah revealed that her former friend and current Scientologist, Elisabeth Moss, is forbidden from speaking to her on account of the organisation's doctrines.

"Elisabeth believes that she can't talk to me," Leah said. "There's a thing in Scientology called 'acceptable truth.' It means you only say what's acceptable to the public.”

"Moss believes that I'm an antisocial personality, because I've spoken out against Scientology," she added. "So she isn't allowed to talk to me.“

Leah, who became part of the organisation at the age of eight, insists she understands the predicament The Handmaid's Tale star finds herself in, adding: “And me knowing that, I wouldn't put her in the awkward position."

While Leah understands Elisabeth's compulsion to adhere to the organisation's doctrines, the actress refuses to pussyfoot around her impression of her former church.

“I don't hold anything against Elisabeth Moss other than she's continuing to support a group that is abusive and destroying families," Leah continued. "That's for her to learn, just as I needed to learn it."

Elisabeth refuses to discuss her fate during interviews, aside from saying she has benefited hugely from its teachings.

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When it comes to documentary-makers, Louis Theroux is, undoubtedly, up there with the greatest.

From his in-depth analysis of a sex-offenders institution in the United States to his commentary on Ultra Zionists in the West Bank, the British filmmaker has an uncanny knack for ingratiating himself with his subjects – a skill which ultimately provides viewers with a clearer understanding of the matter at hand.

It is, perhaps, this skill which perfectly placed Louis to explore the teachings behind one of the world's most controversial religions, Scientology, in his latest project  My Scientology Movie.

Unfortunately for Irish movie-goers, however, we won't be afforded the opportunity to catch the highly-anticipated feature flick due to Ireland's blasphemy laws and Defamation Act of 2009 which states than any "publication or utterance of blasphemous matter" against any religion is an offence and carries a fine of €25,000.

Taking to Twitter to confirm the reports, Graham Spurling, owner of Movies@Dundrum, Movies@Swords, Movies@Gorey and SGC Dungarvan, tweeted his thoughts.
 

The film is set for release in the UK on October 14h.

 

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Four years on from ending her marriage with Tom Cruise, it seems actress Katie Holmes could finally be ready to open up about her experience with the Church of Scientology.

While it has long been speculated that the star ended both her relationship with the controversial cult and the Mission Impossible star over fears that their daughter Suri would be turned against her, until now she has remained silent on the issue.

But – according to Radar Online – that situation could soon be in for a change as the clause in her divorce contract which has until now kept Katie quiet is set to run out in 2017.

 

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A source told the celebrity gossip site that the 37-year-old star cannot take her rumoured romance with Jamie Foxx public until next year because her quickie divorce settlement states she is forbidden from talking about Tom and Scientology or publicly dating another man until five years after their divorce was finalised.

The source said: “Katie wanted out of the marriage so badly, she agreed to the terms — and got $4.8 million in child support, plus another $5 million for herself.”

“She’s allowed to date, but she cannot do so in a public fashion, and she’s not supposed to let any boyfriend near their daughter, Suri,” they claimed.

Apparently if the Dawson’s Creek star was to break the terms of their divorce – which was finalised just ten days after being filed for – she would risk losing Cruise’s financial support.

Because Katie’s deal with her ex runs out next Summer, she will then be free to take any romantic relationship she may have public and to reveal all about Tom and his beloved religion.

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What link does the controversial religious group the Church of Scientology have with Trinity College's Long Room? 

Nothing apparently. 

But that didn't stop a shockingly similar room to Trinity's world renowned library appearing in an advertisement for the religious group, airing at prime-time to millions during the Superbowl 50 on Sunday. 

The image, which appears around twenty seconds into the glossy ad, shows a striking resemblance to the Dublin library, complete with two-level 18th century book cases and marble statues. 

"The Long Room is a massive part of College's identity and is often featured on viral lists of the world's best or most beautiful libraries," said Trinity News

"It's not impossible that a producer somewhere saw an un-attributed image of the library and decided to mould it to fit the aesthetic of the video."

A spokesperson for the famous university issued a statement confirming that the college had not given permission for any images of the library to be used commercially. 

"The image used in the advertisement for the Church of Scientology bears a strong resemblance to the 18th century library. 

"No permission was granted by Trinity College Dublin for its usage and it does not endorse it in this form of promotion. Contact is being made with the Church of Scientology on the matter."

Scientology, a controversial and powerful religious group with property all over the world, remains a constant source of intrigue and bewilderment for many. 

Famous members of the church include Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Laura Prepon. 

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In case you were not aware, Tom Cruise is not just an A-list Hollywood actor, he’s also a devout member of the church of Scientology.

In a new tell-all interview, one former Scientologist has come forward with some shocking insight into the goings-on of the church. One very intriguing he claim he makes is that Tom Cruise kicked his own niece out their family and sent her across the country to do “penance” for her sin.

The sin in question? Kissing a boy. She was a 14-year old at the time.

Radar Online reports the former member who has come forward is Nick Lister who has been banned from Scientology. Nick describes how 10 years ago he came to know Tom’s niece, Jamie, when he worked as a teaching assistant at Scientology’s school in Clearwater, Florida.

Nick says the two were “really, really good friends” and he noticed “she was always just very upset”.

In the interview Nick, now 27, explains: “One night she breaks down, crying, she had talked to her mom earlier that day and she said, ‘I really want to be back with the family.'”

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Unfortunately her mom was not in a forgiving mood, Nick added: “I think she had seen her mom once in two years.”

Jamie had to “petition” to her family to allow her to move back home, but her uncle Tom rejected her several times.

Nick explained her offence, saying:

“She made out with a boy on Tom Cruise’s property…  It was caught by the cameras. Security all Scientologists — if you don’t believe me, ask Katie Holmes — they reported to Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise decides it’s unbecoming…for a Scientologist in his family to do such a thing and he kept her from family functions”

He continued that it wasn’t the decision of the church to send Jamie away from her family:

 “The Church did not say, ‘We don’t like what Jamie did.’ Tom Cruise didn’t like what Jamie did. He called the shots on it. He made the decision on behalf of his sister, or disregarding his sister, to take her daughter away from her.”

Tom isn't the only famous face to be linked to the Scientology religion, recently Orange Is The New Black star Laura Prepon gave a detailed interview with Celebrity Magazine. That is the publication of choice for celebrity Scientologists according to Gawker. 

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Could Tom Cruise really be leaving the Church of Scientology?

For many years the 52-year-old has been the religion's biggest advocate. He is one of many celebrities that openly follow the church, alongside John Travolta, Beck, Kirstie Alley and many more.

However, three months ago a media storm clouded around the actor alleging that the religion was the reason that the Mission Impossible star hadn’t seen his daughter Suri in over a year.

But now, it's been reported that Mr Cruise has become aware of just how much he is missing in his 9-year-old daughter’s life and that he has realised Scientology is the reason for his absence.

An insider told Star magazine that a recent phone call between the father and daughter was what has made Tom consider leaving the church.

“She was going on and on about her ballet class and how much she loves it. That’s when Tom realised he’s never seen her perform ballet and he started to tear up,” the source revealed.

“It hit him that she’s growing up before his eyes and he’s not there to witness most of it. They talk on the phone and video chat, but it’s not the same.”

Tom divorced from Suri’s mother Katie Holmes in 2012 and it is widely believed that Scientology was the reason for their split.

The revelations concerning the Top Gun star being an absentee father were the result of the release of the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. The film took an in-depth look at the inner workings of the church. It was (unsurprisingly) instantly slammed by Scientologists after its release.

Speaking last April, Piers Morgan spoke about Tom and his relationship with his ex-wife. “My understanding is that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise don’t even speak to each other.

“And she, I believe, is very concerned about the effect of the Church of Scientology on Tom Cruise.”

Well, we have no doubt that Katie will be only delighted if Tom manages to release himself from the clasp of the church in order to spend more time with their daughter. 

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It’s been a hectic month for Hilary Duff from signing a record contract to starring in a new television show, but it now seems Hilary could be considering a conversion to Scientology.

The 26-year-old actress has been spotted spending a lot of time with Hollywood’s young Scientology crowd and Hilary has even gotten temporary tattoos, of Scientology symbols on her arms.

The symbol spotted on Hilary’s arm features a small triangle, which is also known as the “ARC” or “Affinity, Reality and Communication” triangle.

This symbol is most frequently used to represent the church of Scientology.

Duff has also become very close to Alanna Masterson, who is a proud advocate of Scientology and also rumoured to have dated Tom Cruise’s son, Connor.

Hilary has spoken passionately before, about her religious beliefs.

“I travel so much and I work so hard, but I have faith in that kind of thing and I pray all the time and I believe in God,”

Many have commented that Hilary could’ve been seeking solace with the Scientology church, after her recent spilt from three year marriage with Mike Comrie.

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