The Church of Scientology is quite clearly a cult and it is a wonder how people like Tom Cruise can continue to support it on the basis of the negative reports that come from those who have survived the experience and left. Clearly there is a level of ego here. Cruise has become a Hollywood phenomenon and perhaps he fears his career will go downhill should he leave. He should take a look at John Travolta, however, who is also part of the church and yet his career is stalling yet again. The authorities need to take action on the current church leaders and stop the psychological and physical abuse its members sustain.