So, does this confirm the Scientology rumors about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith? I thought they were just being associated with the religion because of the their close friendship with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, but if the L.A. Times is right, things go a lot farther than that.
Will and Jada are opening a school that will give grants to young people for arts and education. And 80% of the kids that attend their school will receive financial assistance.
The school says they have no religious affiliation, but,
"Some of its teachers are members of the Church of Scientology, and it
will use teaching methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron
Some people think that the school isn’t fulling disclosing their connection to the religion. A spokesperson for a California Association of Private Schools Organization said,
"I know next to nothing about Scientology, but if you’re using some
method or technology closely associated with Scientology and
Scientology is characterized as a church or religious body, it raises a
question if they proclaim themselves as other than religious," Reynolds
said. He has not seen the school’s website.
"I don’t want to insinuate the school is failing to disclose anything.
But as a matter of good practice, if a school has an affiliation, it
would behoove it to expose it."
What do you think about all this? Does it change your opinion of Will Smith at all? Or are these rumors about Will and Jada being Scientologists just fluff?