Posted on Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:00 AM PDT
Erika Christensen praises Scientology in this new interview, and while we knew the 30-year-old Parenthood star practiced the religion since she was a child, we had no idea she'd get this defensive about it!
Christensen chats with fellow actress Joy Bryant for her web series Across the Board, and Christensen discusses what the religion means to her and she dismisses claims that the church is a cult.
"If I had to sum it up, the goal of Scientology is giving the person back to themselves. Like, your own power of choice," she says. Christensen explained she was introduced to Scientology as a young girl, as her parents are also Scientologists. So what about the misconceptions about the church that came to light when A-list Scientologist Tom Cruise divorced wife Katie Holmes? Christensen jokes of the claims, "One, that we are some kind of closed group. Two, that we are the Hollywood religion and three, that we worship rabbits."
Vanity Fair published an article in September claiming Cruise auditioned ladies to be his wife, and correspondent Maureen Orth claimed that the project to was headed by Shelly Miscavige, wife of the church's top official David Miscavige. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright also attacked the religion in his new book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief, in which he examined the Church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, the church’s finances and its relationships with celebrities.