Will Smith gave more money to Scientology
Stand back, everyone, Fox News wants you to know that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett gave $122,500 to the Church of Scientology in 2007, before he gave $1 million to the New Academy this year. How dare he give his money away!
According to tax records, the couple's charitable foundation paid out $67,500 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxication Fund, $50,000 to the church's Celebrity Center in Hollywood and $5,000 to ABLE, which is another Scientology-affiliated entity. This must mean he's a pal of L. Ron Hubbard, right?
Well, not so fast. That sum pales in comparison to the $250,000 he gave born-again Christian-run Yesha Ministries of Philadelphia, or the $200,000 for L.A. Christian ministry Living Waters. In all, they gave out $1.3 million in charitable gifts in 2007 to places like an L.A. mosquem the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Center in Israel and the Progeria Research Foundation. So if we're making inferences, Smith is a born-again Jewish Scientologist who needs to make the Hajj before he ages prematurely. Who knew?
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