|James Packer (allegedly) quits Scientology
||[May. 10th, 2008|02:30 pm]
Ex Scopical (com.au)..
Billionaire media and gambling mogul James Packer has quit the Church of Scientology, according to reports.
Mr Packer, who had been a member of the Church since being introduced by friend Tom Cruise in 2002, is now said to be quietly slipping out of the organisation, Fairfax Media reports.
It is believed years of negative publicity over allegations the Church is a cult and it's radical stance against psychiatry have driven Mr Packer out.
It is also understood Mr Packer's pursuit of gambling assets has run against the grain of the Church's stance on gaming.
"An obsessive gambler is a psychotic just like a drug addict or an alcoholic," Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote.
Thousands of activists are today also expected to gather around Australia to protest Scientology.
Anonymous says the Australian protest will coincide with other worldwide protests.
"The worldwide protest on May 10th will focus specifically on Scientology's 'Fair Game Policy', which states that persons or agencies that Scientology considers to be enemies may be: '…deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.'," the group said in a statement yesterday.
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