Elisabeth Moss Says Scientology Is Nothing Like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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In The Handmaid’s Tale, Elisabeth Moss plays Offred, but, off screen, she’s very much a student of the 21st century and presses for equality in all things. That’s apparently true for the Church of Scientology as well, because she came to the religion’s defense, when a fan compared Scientology to the strict doctrine of Christian religion, as portrayed in The Handmaid’s Tale. Moss was quick to correct the fan, praising the virtues of Scientology.
Elisabeth Moss Is Still A Fan Of Scientology
To be fair, Scientology has had a rough time of it lately, especially with Leah Remini launching her crusade against the church. So far, the actress turned activist has exposed one billion year contracts, tuitions and fees that charge members thousands upon thousands of dollars, and a practice of alienating outsiders. Those outside of scientology and those considered critical of its beliefs are labeled “suppressive persons,” meaning church members are prohibited from speaking or associating with them.
That last part was the bone of contention between Elisabeth Moss and one of her Handmaid’s Tale fans. The fan, commenting on an Instagram post made by Moss, likened Scientology to Gilead in the way that both view outsiders as evil.
Elisabeth, who is a Scientologist herself, took the opportunity to clarify the matter. She began her reply by saying that Scientology doesn’t place such restrictions on its members, which seems to be a contradiction to what has previously been shared about the organization.
“Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me,” said Elisabeth in her response. “The most important things to me probably.”
Further, she shares that Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale affected her on a personal level, though she doesn’t go into detail about that in the post. Ms. Moss even thanked the fan for her question and interest in the Hulu series.
Whether or not you take Elisabeth’s comments at face value, there’s no denying that the actress replied to the question with grace and frankness. Unlike other members of Scientology, Elisabeth seemed willing to comment on the organization with an openness previously unseen. Perhaps if more celebrities were as forthright in discussing the Church of Scientology, it would lose the sense of mystique that currently surrounds the church and its members.
Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale will premiere later in 2018 on Hulu.

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