Once upon a time, a certain faction of the German people decided to persecute an entire population based on their religious beliefs. It’s nice to see some things never change.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany has barred the makers of a movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler from filming at German military sites because its star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
Cruise, also one of the film’s producers, is a member of the Church of Scientology which the German government does not recognize as a church. Berlin says it masquerades as a religion to make money, a charge Scientology leaders reject….
Defense Ministry spokesman Harald Kammerbauer said the film makers “will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult”….
Kammerbauer said the ministry had not yet received official filming requests from the producers of “Valkyrie”
So, even though the producers of the film have not even requested permission to film on military sites, the Wehrmacht, er… I mean, military officials… are just throwing it out there that Cruise and his culty brethren are verboten.
I think you all know where I stand on Scientology and religious fanaticism in general, but I also hate hypocrisy and intolerance. So congratulations, Scientologists. You win this round. But don’t let it go to your head, it’s only because you went up against Nazis.