Manchester Anonymous to hold anti-Scientology protest following Cruise-Holmes split

By Hannah Hulme

Anti-Scientology organisation, Manchester Anonymous, have announced a demonstration to be held outside the Manchester Church of Scientology tomorrow.

The controversial religion has been thrown into the spotlight this week after the high-profile separation of A-list scientologist Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes.

Several publications have questioned whether the religion was at the centre of the split.

Developed by L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology began to sweep the USA and UK in the late 1940s.

Manchester Anonymous, who don masks and disguises during demonstrations against the religion, will stage their first demonstration since the high profile separation was announced.

The group, formed in 2008, are part of a movement known as ‘chanology’ and have since held regular protests encouraging people to boycott the centre.

It claims to be a leaderless internet-based group that defines itself as ever-present.

Members of Anonymous set up Project Chanology – a protest movement against the practices of the Church of Scientology. 

The project was started in response to the Church of Scientology’s attempts to remove material from a highly publicised interview with Cruise from the Internet in January 2008.

Scientology is not currently recognised as a religion in the UK and was famously criticised by Justice Latey in the High Court of London in 1984 calling Scientology ‘corrupt sinister and dangerous’.

According the website, Scientology is ‘a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being’.

More information on Scientology and Manchester Anonymous can be found online.

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