From all the media reports out there, it seems the consensus is that a large part of the reason Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from Tom Cruise has to do with Scientology.
According to reports, Tom was wanting to send Suri off to ‘Sea Org’, a “Scientology at Sea” military school of sorts.
The Sea Org ship “Freewinds” is where the highest levels of Scientology are taught and children as small as 5 years old are sent to live there (without parents).
According to TMZ, Tom is a big fan of the Sea Org and it was a sticking point in their marriage.
“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. According to the official Scientology website, members of Sea Org sign “a one-billion-year pledge to symbolize their eternal commitment to the religion and it is still signed by all members today. We’re told Katie felt the only way to save Suri from being shipped off to Sea Org was to file for divorce and seek sole legal custody.”
If the rumors are true, that seems quite scary. And apparently because the ship sails in international waters, it’s not governed by any U.S. laws, reportedly.
Update: Lawyers for the Scientology center reached out to TMZ to share that Suri was not a candidate for Sea Org, as it requires both parents’ permission and the child must be 16 years old.
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