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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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J    

It is a cult,can't people see this before they join, love or no love. Hope she gets custody but that won't happen. I just hope she can stop the sea joke. Tom would have did to her what he did to Nicole to save his money, that who he is and he will never change.

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242.

Linda    

She never should have married that nut job in the first place.

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243.

Thomas    

You know what TOM would have never ever done that!. He loves Suri too much to send her away..!!.. God!.. why on earth is Katie being so ridiculously dumb!!..

751 days ago
244.

sem    

I never trust anonymous "sources". So much of this stuff sounds like sensationalistic nonsense. I want to hear it from Katie's mouth before I believe any of it. Same with all this garbage about "contracts". Let's see 'em!

751 days ago
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evan ferrante    

Suri Grills Tom Cruise about his Impending Divorce http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ACC2gMBR_FU

751 days ago
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evan ferrante    

Suri Grills Tom Cruise About Impending Divorce http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ACC2gMBR_FU

751 days ago
247.

RUKidding    

Go Katie, you have rights and were pulling for you. Go get a court order to make them stop following you. Find yourself and protect Suri.

751 days ago
248.

SuzieQ    

Wow, was Katie Holmes always this oblivious to Tom Cruises commitment to the Church of Scientology. She should have seen the writing on the wall in the beginning.

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S Dobbs    

I think Suri needs to have a normal childhood, now more than ever. I think Tom needs to rethink is idea about how to raise a child and where. If he chooses this as his way to go, he should not force it onto an innocent child.

751 days ago
250.

Tmzer    

I agree that Katie is making the right choice here. But shouldn't this of been a thought in her head BEFORE marrying him! And BEFORE having a baby with him? If he's so into this church, wouldn't it seem natural to involve his child as well? It's been stated that she was super into it in the beginning but fell away in recent years. Probably because she smartened up. I'm not 100% on the laws In new York, or even California but couldn't she have joint custody with Tom but have a judge issue a decree that all education/religion descision be agreed upon? I'm not sure if that enters the constitional rights issue, but I'm sure ie heard of this before.

751 days ago
251.

Terance    

So do you suppose that Tom will use the worldwide Catholic Priest molestation scandals to counter???

750 days ago
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JC of Texas    

Way To Go Katie...... Get as far away from that bunch of "brain-washed" idiots that follow the Scientology way...... It ABSOLUTELY is a CULT!!!!

Reminds me of other groups...... let's recall that idiot David Koresh and the "Branch Davidians" in Waco, TX.... or let's go back even further with "The People's Temple" and Jim Jones.... also know as "Jones Town"..... These were Cults!!! Don't think for a minute that the Scientology folks aren't capable of total control of their followers!!!

750 days ago
253.

Miek    

Katie = MILF

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Katie Keane    

No amount of money can break the maternal love that Katie has for Suri. I would imagine that Tom's other children have stopped calling her mom. That's two mothers (Nicole and Katie) that they have now lost. It shows that Tom puts the church before family.

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Julie    

Katie Holmes seems to be a wonderful mother. I don't blame her for getting rid of this couch-jumping kook. That child needs to be protected from him.

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