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Cruise as Nobel co-host upsets Swedish clergy

Religious leaders in Scandinavia are outraged by the decision to choose Scientologist star Tom Cruise to co-host the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway, reports

Cruise and Oprah Winfrey will take the stage together Dec. 11 in Oslo to present the star-studded event, which will be broadcast live around the world.

But many are concerned Cruise will use the event to promote the controversial religion and have called on the Nobel Institute to withdraw their offer to the "Mission: Impossible" star.

Karl-Erik Nylund, a priest from Stockholm, said, "They're a manipulative sect that takes over people's lives and finances. Cruise isn't going to be there as a missionary. But it's difficult to separate the artist Tom Cruise from Scientology Tom Cruise."