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Elisabeth Moss Made a Short-Lived Statement Defending Scientology

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

So, is The Handmaid's Tale similar to Scientology?

Lately, Scientology's critics have really been leaning in. Leah Remini, one of the most outspoken celebrities to go publicly against the religion, just got nominated for an Emmy for her docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath, and she's featuring more ex-Scientologists and their stories and criticisms of the Church in the upcoming second season.

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Elisabeth Moss, who was raised as a Scientologist from when she was young, usually stays quiet about her participation in the controversial church. But people have been quietly noting the strange juxtaposition between her leading role in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and her involvement in Scientology, which is heavily rumored to be oppressive toward women.

That came to a head this week on Moss' Instagram page, and she chose to make a rare public statement about Scientology and her beliefs.

On Instagram, she shared a photo of herself attending an event for The Handmaid's Tale, writing in the caption, "Love this adaptation so much."

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In the comments, one follower wrote, "Question though, does it make you think twice about Scientology? Both Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (AKA news) are wrong or evil…it's just very interesting."

Moss responded directly to the question, writing, "That's actually not true at all about Scientology. Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion, and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level. Thanks for the interesting question!"

She later deleted the entire post, then reposted the photo with comments closed. Elle grabbed a screenshot of the comments before she did that.

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We don't know why Moss would make a rare statement in support of the church and then suddenly delete it, but it only raises more questions about the secretive nature of Scientology.

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