July 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM ET
Across the interwebz, the breakup of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' marriage has been fodder for all kinds of comments about the glamorous ex-couple. Some of those comments are about how Cruise's well-known involvement in the Church of Scientology may have played a role in the split.
But the church is not happy about its name being associated with the couple's marriage woes, according to one ex-member, Mark "Marty" Rathbun. On his blog, he shared an email he said was sent Thursday to members from the church's Office of Special Affairs about "... how to fight back on the internet and Stand Up For Your Religion":
I am not a big fan of media, but you may have glanced the news of the split between TC and Holmes and all the speculations around. While this is a personal matter, when people start to bring our religion into the middle and a bunch of uninformed people start to spread false datum, rumors and defame our religion it became a matter that does affect my Dynamics and I believe that affects yours as well.
Church members are urged to "fight back" against such abuse by complaining to media sites that have "codes of conduct" for posted comments, and among those mentioned are Microsoft, Google "or any other that requires users to agree to a code of conduct that prohibits comments that threaten, defame or degrade any group or individuals."
Once you got the hang of it it get pretty fast and in one hour you can report of lots of these nonsense comment!
Rathbun writes that the idea of such a campaign is futile: "Good Luck. It is sort of like showing up to a nuclear war with a squirt gun."
The Church of Scientiology's media relations office responded to an inquiry from msnbc.com by saying Rathbun's information is "inaccurate," and that no censorship effort is underway. Any email Rathbun received did not originate with the church, even if it did come from a Scientologist, according to the spokesperson.
"An email from a Scientologist is no more from the Church of Scientology than an email from a Catholic is from the Vatican," the church said in a statement to msnbc.com. "This did not come from the Church or anyone associated with the Church, nor is it a Church plan."
(Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)
— Via Yahoo