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Last week I heard part of an interview with actor Will Smith, who was answering a question about how he felt about Tom Cruise’s Scientology beliefs. He and Tom Cruise are good friends. Though I like Will Smith as a person, I can’t agree with what he said. He answered the lady’s question by saying in essence that any ole religion will do. One is as good as another.

I can’t be critical of Tom’s beliefs. I was raised a Baptist, but 98 percent of Scientology agrees with Christianity. 98 percent of Buddhism is just like Christianity. Man, how can I be critical of Tom’s beliefs when I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin? (This was stated with a little mischievous grin on his face, as though the virgin birth was absurd.)

Rev. Donnie Martin’s paraphrase of an interview with Will Smith on