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Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes

Divorce NOT

Over Scientology

7/5/2012 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katie Holmes
may say her decision to divorce Tom Cruise is over Scientology, but it's NOT ... so say sources directly connected to Tom.

Our sources tell us ... they believe Katie and her team are leaking false stories to the media by maintaining she was trying to save Suri from the grips of Scientology, and that's why she left Tom.

As one well-connected Tom source put it, "She [Katie] was totally committed to Scientology. She had enthusiasm for it and would voluntarily and gladly participate in it when Tom was off shooting movies."

The source adds, "This is not a fight over religion. It's being used as a way to hurt Tom."

And on the subject of hurting Tom, as we first reported, sources connected with the actor tell us Katie's people have made it difficult for him to speak with Suri by phone, but he's talked to her every day. He has no immediate plans to see his daughter because he's leaving today or tomorrow to shoot his new movie in the Rockies.

Tom's lawyers have not filed any docs in court -- yet -- to establish his custodial rights. If that happens, we're told they will file in New York, although it's pretty clear they will ask to have the case sent to California.

And, as for what Tom's people say the divorce is really about ... they won't say yet, but tell us it's coming.


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BB not bb    

No it wasn't them at all. It wasn't them providing limo fulls of half naked male dancers to come pick up Tom as a result of his audit to see what his secret sins are. All churches know every detail of a congregant's marriage and why they are getting divorced. Who wouldn't want a panel of experts auditing their marriage?

Tom was probably a big bore because he is into men and Katie probably doesn't like having Scinetologists breathing down her throat every move she makes. Just guessing here. They don't even mention Suri's safety, it is all about Tom and people abusing Tom. They are like his own private fan club and cheering section, who he pays millions for their support. Maybe he needs some real friends and not a bunch of mind control handlers to associate with.

He seems very out of touch.

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The "victim" act doesn't really hold up here, what with the photos of Tom playing huggie-snuggie with his new, younger co-star.

You want us to "believe" you are "having an affair," but whining about being a victim?

I love the part in these things (Sane vs. Insane) where the Crazy Logic starts to unravel.

In this matter, that was pretty much from "go."

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Please be patient, we will let you know why she really wants a divorce as soon as we finish auditioning for the role of the other man.

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The truth is usually somewhere between the two extremes. The cult is probably and issue, but suri was enrolled in a catholic pr k school 2 years ago. The comments from katie and others, suggests that her career is an issue also, and was probably why she overlooked the potential problems with COS. I think both of these people are probably seeing that their own interests are what's best for Suri, and that would be typical Hollywood parenting 101. themselves

838 days ago


Who's she been banging? No doubt CO$ has video.....

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mary b    

PUHLEEEZE!!!! Of course maybe Katy would volunteer for stuff and help out at the church, but when it comes to your child all women turn into protect BEARS!!!! It is so obvious... Tell is some more lies!

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A walk down memory lane...Matt Lauer interview with the "expert" on everything...TC.

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Michelle Nelson    

She knew he was a Scientologist when she married him, so why would raising Suri as a Scientologist come as a surprise? Honestly, she wanted to be more famous than her mediocre acting would allow, and she loved the publicity. But now she wants to move on...which is what happened with Kidman. I just don't understand these's so obvious WHY they married him.

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Wait are you telling me that TMZ hasnt found some way to put a Kardashian angle in this story!!!!

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LOS ANGELES – Just a couple of months ago, high-profile Hollywood Scientologist John Travolta was embroiled in a massive sex scandal when several masseurs accused the actor of sexual harassment and abuse.

Around the same time, rumors started to emerge that Scientologist Lisa-Marie Presley may have parted ways with the Church and penned a song about it on her new album, “Storm and Grace.” Elvis' daughter reportedly removed mention of Scientology on her website and used the organization’s jargon in the track “So Long,” with lyrics like “Those are all the people without eyes… Churches, they don't have a soul.”

During an interview with FOX411’s Pop Tarts column, Presley said she moved to the desolate English countryside to do some soul searching. “I went through a huge transition in my life where everything and everyone I knew and trusted didn't turn out to be that way," she told us. "People that were in my life for a long time turned sinister and tried to control me and all kinds of weird stuff happened.”

Then last week, the most famous Scientologist of them all, Tom Cruise, was surprised by wife Katie Holmes’ divorce filing and request for sole custody of their daughter Suri, 6, reportedly because she doesn’t want their daughter being raised as a Scientologist.

Is all this drama a sign of a rift in the Hollywood/Scientology union?

“I think we are going to see a lot more defections, and a lot of celebrities are starting to wake up to it,” Jefferson Hawkins, a former senior marketing executive for the Church of Scientology for more than 30 years and author of “Counterfeit Dreams,” told FOX411's Pop Tarts column. “You don’t see the big celebrities promoting it anymore. Even Tom has been pretty quiet on the subject over the last few years.”

Hawkins said “there is no question that their membership base has been decreasing,” and a result there is increased pressure on high-profile members to dig deeper into their pockets.

Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Paul Haggis hit headlines in 2009 when he abandoned the Church, after 35 years, denouncing the San Diego branch for having supported California’s ban against same-sex marriage prior to the 2008 election. Haggis, who has two openly gay daughters, also noted in his resignation letter that his wife had been ordered to disconnect from her parents “because of something absolutely trivial they supposedly did 25 years ago when they left the church.”

Scientology expert and founder of the long-running, Norway-based website Operation Clambake that seeks to “undress the Church,” Andreas Heldal-Lund, flew to the States in 2008 together with Mark Bunker and videotaped actor Jason Beghe speaking out candidly against Scientology, calling it “dangerous,” and a “rip-off.”

Heldal-Lund started a website on Scientology in 1996 on the subject, and noticed that online information about the enigmatic organization would often disappear. Lawsuits were filed against several Internet newsgroups publishing either confidential or unflattering information about the Church, stirring debate over censorship.

“But over recent years, the organization seems to have lost a lot of its members, and it lost the war against the Internet,” Heldal-Lund explained. “We are now seeing a lot my empty churches around the world. They buy these beautiful buildings, and yet there is nobody inside.”

Attorney for the Church of Scientology, Gary Soter, strongly dismissed such suggestions that the organization was in anyway suffering financially, or that its relationship with Hollywood was in trouble, calling the critics “self-promoters and apostates seeking to disparage the Church of Scientology for their own self interests.”

“These individuals were excommunicated years ago and know nothing about Scientology current practices. They make up stories, and self corroborate them,” Soter told FOX411 in a statement. “Scientology is a global religion whose members are growing in numbers.”

Soter said Scientology is “enjoying a renaissance, not uncoincidentally, since the departure of these anti-Scientologists.”

“You will find this in picture and written form on where it shows more than 25 new Churches opened and their congregations in major cities around the world, with five new Churches opened in the last five weeks,” he added. “These Churches are each enjoying a surge in new members."

The Church, which was granted tax-exempt status as a religious institution in 1993, can still count several Hollywood heavy-hitters in its ranks. Besides Cruise and Travolta, actors Danny Masterson, Giovanni Ribisi and Jenna Elfman are members, as is the singer Beck, while actress Kirstie Alley has said she “would be dead” without the religion’s influence in her life.

But according to Marty Rathbun, a former high-ranking scientologist and author of “What is Wrong With Scientology?”, the negative attention surrounding its Tinseltown poster children could do some serious PR damage.

“It is hurting them as the world debates the issue while they remain mute,” he said. “I expect their leader, David Miscavige, has been driven in to his bunker and we are not likely to see anything effective or definite emanate from the Church.”

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Cathryn Mazer    

Deny, deny, deny one of that demented organization's tried and true stall tactics. Scientology is one of the most hardball mafias out there and even worse believe their own hype.

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Why doesn't he marry someone from within the "church"? Might save himself a lot of time and trouble next timea around.

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And so the Scientology spin machine begins....

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As one well-connected Tom source put it, "She [Katie] was totally committed to Scientology. She had enthusiasm for it and would voluntarily and gladly participate in it when Tom was off shooting movies."

Katie is an ACTRESS you cretins! And a damn good one I'd say if she managed to convince Tom's people that she was so into Scientology.

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