Did Scientology drive a wedge between Cruise and Holmes?

By now, unless you've been living under a rock, you've no doubt heard about the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce. You've heard the stories about how she spent months secretly preparing to drop a bomb on Cruise. You've seen news reports about how he's dealing with it as best he can, and how she's finally smiling again.

At the center of the storm is Cruise's devout belief in Scientology. Holmes converted after the couple were married, which reportedly caused a myriad of rifts between the starlet and her family and friends. She was raised in a strict Catholic home.

But if you're like us, you may not know much about the whole Scientology thing, except that there are quite a few celebrities that claim it as their own. We did a little digging, and here's what we found.

The Church of Scientology was founded by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard, in an attempt to clear people of their unhappiness. While most of us look at the organization as a Mafia-like operation, Scientologists claim it's a church. The group now has about 700 centers in 65 countries. It's very secretive, with its top officials refusing to discuss church business or beliefs.

One of the church's biggest attractions is its celebrity roster, which boasts Cruise, along with John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Mimi Rogers, Anne Archer, Sonny Bono and even the voice of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright.

But what's not widely reported is that no group prompts more telephone pleas for help than Scientology. Called the most ruthless and classically terroristic of the groups that have been labeled cults, some former members have said it's a criminal organization.

Whatever your opinion, one thing is clear, if news reports are to be believed. Holmes has distanced herself from Cruise and his so-called church, and is running back to what she knows. It's almost like the 1970s again, when cult members were routinely grabbed and de-programmed. Only this time, the target for the de-programming went willingly.

We don't claim to fully understand scientology, or the reasons for the Cruise-Holmes split. But you have to admit, it does seem that Scientology is at the heart of it. 

Published Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:43 PM by bulldog
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