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Katie Holmes

Afraid Tom Would Ship Suri To Radical Scientology Org

7/2/2012 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0701_katie_suri_tom_scientology_gettyThe final straw in Katie Holmes' decision to file for divorce was that she was convinced Tom Cruise was going to send 6-year-old Suri away to a hardcore Scientology organization known as Sea Organization ... sources connected with Katie tell TMZ.

Sea Org, as it is known, is where the highest levels of Scientology are taught -- and according to the Church website, it is composed of adults and minors who have committed their lives to the volunteer service of their religion. 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.

0701_freewinds_scientologyAccording 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."

Katie herself has first-hand knowledge of the Sea Org. When Holmes and Cruise first hooked up in 2005, Jessica Feshbach, a prominent Scientologist who had been with the Sea Org since 1994, was transferred and became Katie's assistant/Scientology chaperone. Feshbach, in one of Katie's first interviews after getting together with Cruise, was described by a writer for W magazine as "cold-eyed" and "a third-wheel." 

In the end ... 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.

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CrisDizzle    

Scientology Sea Organization Boat Cruise...?
2 words: SEA-SICK! ;-o

780 days ago
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bearforce1    

USA its time to fight evil at home

780 days ago
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Phreaky    

Scientology is a cult. Bottom line. Take that little girl and RUN Katie!

780 days ago
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Appleanddanish    

It really can't be stated enough--Scientology is a CULT. Yet another branch of the raging cult is SeaOrg, a group that brainwashes children into buying this Xenu nonsense.

780 days ago
5.

DaveT    

99.99% of Tom-haters are uneducated, willfully ignorant, unable to reason, incapable of discussion and as Jack Nicholson said You can't handle the truth! Bahahaha :D

780 days ago
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BrAnBa    

Katie, there are thousands and thousands behind you in this!! All over the world. I am very negative to exposing children to any kind of indoctrination, whether it is religion, politics or fanatic ideas. Parents should just present options, then let the children decide themselves when they get old enough. Freedom is the keyword - a word that Scientology obviously do not understand the meaning of.

780 days ago
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DaveT    

99.99% of Katie supporters aren't really Katie supporters, don't really care about Suri, have no interest in the well being of anyone in the Cruise family, and only comment to squawk like hens squaaaawk! :D

780 days ago
8.

CN    

Who would have thought little Katie Holmes could bring down the almighty Co$? At least she's made a lot of people aware of who and what they are. That's the first step...


GO KATIE!

780 days ago
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Ephie    

What kind of nut bag actually believes in that garbage?

780 days ago
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DaveT    

Oh no!
What will happen to Suri!
It will probably be like in those movies!
Where kids are turned into zombie robots!
Even though it's not real it could really happen!
Oh no!
Suri will be shipped and transformed into a robotic nothing staring off into space!
For sure! D

780 days ago
11.

jc    

DaveZ,
Seeing how your a huge fan of Lindsay Lohan and defend her too, in the past I have called you an idiot, now I have to say I really feel sorry for you! All this negative attention you bring on yourself when you choose to defend losers like TC, Lindsay Lohan you do this because like they say ANY attention is attention. Your sad! Now, go back to your basement and frap to your Liho movies.

780 days ago
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Malika    

I'm sorry to say this, but In a year or months time she'll be found dead. They will do anything to make us believe what they believe...

780 days ago
13.

GAWKER    

what a piece of work this guy is

780 days ago
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PinkySwayers    

Seems to me Tom Cruise has a choice. Let Katie have sole custody of Suri, or let Katie bring down the Church of Scientology. I wonder which avenue his "best friend" David Mascavige wants him to take.

780 days ago
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e    

I liked Tom better when we knew nothing about his private life. The more we know about how he spends his non-working hours the less I like him. The whole Scientology cult is pretty damn freaky. It sounds like what the bullies did to the weaker kids at summer camp when the grown-ups were not around. Maybe the divorce will save Katie's career like it did for Nicole.

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