In an article on Jan. 24, 2013, the Huffington Post has reported, Tom Cruise Is 'Scientology's Most Important Person Since L. Ron Hubbard,' Says New Book. Tom Cruise is seen as both the face of Scientology and as the church's most important member. Lawrence Wright, the author of "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief," has told E! News that "There's nobody more important in Scientology since L. Ron Hubbard. Cruise is the front of Scientology."
Wright has gone on to say,"the whole goal of the Church of Scientology was to take over the entertainment industry and use celebrities as kind of a product endorsement for their brand." As a matter of fact, some of its most notable members are well known Hollywood names, including John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Juliette Lewis and Jenna Elfman. In a previously published excerpt from his book, Wright mentioned that Cruise was considered the unofficial Ethics Officer of Hollywood since the mid-2000s.
Natalie Finn and Alicia Quarles have also reported on this story for E! Online, Tom Cruise the Most Important Person in Scientology "Since L. Ron Hubbard," Says Going Clear Author. Lawrence Wright is probably right when he points out that people are still really interested in Scientology these days because of Tom Cruise. And the Church of Scientology appears perfectly content with allowing Cruise to be its most prominent champion. Tom Cruise's support of Scientology is certainly a good enough reason for a lot of people to check out what this church is all about.