Saturday, March 30, 2013

Is Will Smith A Scientologist ?

Just in case you wonder: "Is Will Smith a Scientologist?", the truth is that Smith (full name: Willard Christopher "Will" Smith Jr.) is not a Scientologist, but a Baptist.  

The reason why people were confused about Smith's religious beliefs was that he has studied Scientology, (including many religions) and he has stated many complimentary things about the faith. Not to mention that he is a very good friend of Tom Cruise, who is a Scientologist for many years.

It has to be mentioned that Smith donated $122,500 to three Scientology organizations and also he and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, have founded a private elementary school in Calabasas, California, the New Village Leadership Academy, which uses Study Technology, a teaching methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Federal tax filing showed that Will Smith donated $1.2 million to the school in 2010.

Despite his praise of Scientology, Smith was quoted as saying: "I just think a lot of the ideas in Scientology are brilliant and revolutionary and non-religious" and "Ninety-eight percent of the principles in Scientology are identical to the principles of the Bible… I don't think that because the word someone uses for spirit is "thetan" that the definition becomes any different."

He has denied having joined the Church of Scientology, explaining "I am a Christian. I am a student of all religions, and I respect all people and all paths," adding: "I was raised in a Baptist household, I went to a Catholic school, but the ideas of the Bible are 98 percent the same ideas of Scientology, 98 percent the same ideas of Hinduism and Buddhism".

Smith revealed about different types of religion: "You don't have to be Jewish to be a friend of Steven Spielberg. You don't have to be a Muslim to be a friend of Muhammad Ali. And you don't have to be a Scientologist to be a friend of Tom Cruise…I am a Christian. I am a student of all religions. And I respect all people and all paths".

Conclusion: Will Smith is Christian, but he completely respects all religions.

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