Actor Tom Cruise is going to host the Nobel concert together with Oprah
Winfrey, but the Church of Scientology’s most famous member is not welcomed
Foto: REUTERS/Jim Ruymen/Scanpix
«It’s really sad that the Nobel committee has asked Tom Cruise, it
undermines the committee’s good name and reputation,» said Harald
Heldal-Lund, who is an opponent of the Church of Scientology, to the
Norwegian paper VG.
Heldal-Lund has written a letter of complaint to the Nobel committee.
«The Church of Scientology is a criminal and destructive organization, and
its only goal is to make money,» Heldal-Lund said. «The movement destroys
lives and rips families apart.»
Heldal-Lund stressed that it is neither people’s personal believes nor
Cruise he is after, but the church itself.
«Cruise can believe whatever he wants, it’s the organization I’m after,»
Geir Lundestad, director of the Nobel Institute, said Cruise’s religion is
«We are just very please to get him here,» Lundestad said to the paper. «You
have to separate between the work Cruise does and his religion. A person’s
faith is personal.
The Nobel concert is takes place December 10 in Oslo, and the event is
already sold out.