When Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise and immediately went for the legal jugular that is “sole custody”, everyone immediately assumed that it was because Katie didn’t want Tom putting Suri through Scientology’s Super Special Fun Time In No Way Brainwashing Cruise where Suri would be taught about the religion. Well, ding ding ding! Congrats on winning gold in the D’uhlympics! Via TMZ:
Sea Org, as it is known, is where the highest levels of Scientology are taught and kids as young as five can be sent to live there … without their parents — and our sources say Tom is a big fan. Our sources say Katie and Tom had been arguing over Suri’s indoctrination into Scientology — and we’re told the Sea Org was the flashpoint. The Sea Org has been often compared to a boot camp and several ex-Scientologists (including Oscar winner Paul Haggis) have been outspoken against its military-like conditions. The Freewinds, the massive Scientology boat that was the location of Cruise’s infamous birthday party in 2004, is entirely staffed by Sea Org members.
Look, I don’t care what you believe in: don’t force your kids to accept your religion when they’re too young to say no to you or think freely for themselves. If you’re actually confident in your religion, you won’t mind if people you know and love grow up and believe differently. And if you’re a good parent, you won’t make your five-year-old children live on a goddamn cruise ship boot camp.