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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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76.

happyday    

Yesterday someone on here mentioned that the Village Voice has been covering Scientology stuff recently, So,I went to the website and read all the blogs about it, and Oh. my. god. I knew they were wacky, but that does not accurately describe the evil going on in that cult. Children at the age of 6 are put through absolute hell, brainwashing. The Sea Org are the most hardcore, elite, and once you are in, you can NOT get out. They have PRISONS where they starve and torture people. It's unreal. They do not stop at anything to retaliate against members who try to leave. The fact that Katie is so public has got to be very bad for them. I would be terrified if I were her. Everyone should go read that stuff at the Village Voice. Wow.

844 days ago
77.

Glenda     

These unfounded stories IF they come from Katie, just makes her look paranoid which would be ideal for Tom, because she would be considered unfit. Perhaps living with this man has driven her to this state. I can't imagine living with him, he must be a very intense person.

844 days ago
78.

Truth    

NOW I READ TOMMY DAVIS IS "MISSING" AND HASNT BEEN SEEN FOR A LONG WHILE. SEEMS HE IS BANISHED TO THE "HOLE" - BASICALLY A MAKESHIFT SCIENTOLOGY PRISON CAMP. APPEARS HE GOT TAPED BY "OUTSIDERS" ENFORCING THE DISCONNECTION STRATEGY ON A MEMBER AND THIS AUDIO WAS LEAKED. SCI-FI FREAKS ALWAYS SAID PUBLICALLY THEY DONT ENFORNCE THIS CRAP STRATEGY BUT DAVIS' LEAKED AUDIO PROVES THEY DO. SO HE GOT BANISHED TO SCI-FI PRISON. BUNCH OF WACK JOBS FOR REALZ!! HIS WIFE IS DYING OF LEUKEMIA BECAUSE THEY PREVENT HER FROM GETTING REAL MEDICAL HELP AND HE'S BANISHED TO A PRISON. #WACKJOBS #TRUTH!!

844 days ago
79.

Truth    

DOESNT THE SEA ORG REMIND YOU OF THE LOVE BOAT CRUISE LINER? YEA, I BET THAT'S WHERE MISCAVIGE GOT THE IDEA. #WACKJOBS #TRUTH!!

844 days ago
80.

meohmy    

Tom is a whackadoodle and always has been. From chastising Brooke Shields for her use of anti-depressants after she had a child to his couch jumping, he's always shown he has many screws loose. Katie needs to fight with everything she has to keep Suri away from Scientology. Tom is brainwashed by that cult and wants to suck poor Suri into it too. I feel so bad for Katie and Suri.

844 days ago
81.

miu    

excuse me, but who really believes that tom is suri's real father????
katie can't be smart if she was that dumb to marry this psycho so maybe it will take a bit longer untill she claims a paternity test... if suri is his real daughter (i doubt it!) how can anyone in this world be soooo stupid to have a child with this brainwashed zombie? incredibly... and then you're surprides katie?? wtf?!? i hope she is lucky and gets away with the child.

844 days ago
82.

Deven    

The Sea Org is terrifying. There are children and parents that go on board, but the parent might get ex-communicated (by being declared Suppressive Personalities, or SP) and the children themselves are forced to disconnect and kept on the Sea Org. What's even scarier is a lot of times there is nothing anyone can do because they often keep the Sea Org boats in International waters.

844 days ago
83.

lisa    

Flashpoint? Flat-footed? Who's writing these articles?

844 days ago
84.

STFUP    

"The Sea Org has been often compared to a boot camp."
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More like an honest to God brainwashing camp.
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I personally knew someone who 'escaped' three times from a land based version of one of these schools.
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Based on what I heard from him, Katie has EVERY right to be concerned for Suri. These 'indoctrination' centers are where Scientology PERMANENTLY warps the minds of the young - all for the financial benefit of the highest 'officers' (Ha!) of the Scientology organization.

844 days ago
85.

Iris scarborough    

I really would like to feel sorry for this woman as I feel she has big problems. But she was 28-29 yrs old shen she married him. That is no child. $$$ Fame promise of career and etc were in her eyes. She conceived before marriage why? Good luck to her she is going to need it big time and hopefully this will be a lesson for #4.

844 days ago
86.

jay    

what about religious freedom? long BEFORE Katie married Cruise, she KNEW he is a devout S believer. apparently she made peace with that and made a conversion herself. now, 5 yrs later? there is more to this than Scientology.

844 days ago
87.

N    

I don't feel sorry for her. She knew what she was getting into when she met him. A crazy zealot doesn't hide their beliefs and behavior until you say "I do" or have children. I guess in this case the wife was the last to know.

844 days ago
88.

melody    

They really must torture those kids if their “church” for the children needs to be out on international waters

844 days ago
89.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Congrats to Katie for having sense to fight this stupid cult to save Suri.

844 days ago
90.

laura    

it's one thing if adults willingly participate it's another when they involve kids in this lunacy, what the hell is the matter with people? i wouldn't doubt that the government has been watching this freak show for a very long time.

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