Scientology bends rules for Tom Cruise

2012-10-02 12:56
Los Angeles - Tom Cruise is getting special treatment from Scientology leaders.

The 50-year-old actor has allegedly been granted exclusive visitation privileges to see his daughter Suri since his divorce from Katie Holmes thanks to his A-list status, despite Scientology normally banning members from contacting those who have left the church.

Nancy Many, ex-president of the religion's Celebrity Centre, told RadarOnline: "They have already bent the rules for Tom. If Tom was any other Scientologist, including lesser celebrities, he would not be allowed to continue seeing and maintaining communication with Katie or Suri, because they are no longer in Scientology.

Been in touch daily

"So far, because of who he is, Cruise has spent time with Suri, which has already upset the parents and children of existing Scientologists who can't talk to their loved ones.

"If he is supposed to be a Scientologist, why don't the rules for every other member apply to him?"

The Mission Impossible actor hasn't seen Suri, 6, since their fun-filled trip to Disney World on 5 August, and even missed her first day of school due to filming new action flick All You Need Is Kill in London.

The pair have been in touch by telephone daily and the actor plans to visit her as soon as possible, however, in spite of Scientology rules that Tom should cut all contact with his newly Catholic daughter.

Nancy added: "When every other person that I have known of leaves Scientology, which Katie did without speaking of it directly, they are instantly shunned. By rejoining a Catholic Church right afterwards, she made a very public statement of rejection."

The actor is said to be weighing up his commitment to the church with regards to his personal life and has been seen spending time with friends outside of the religion.


  • mrp721 - 2012-10-02 13:35

    That's because money talks - duuhhhh.. Tom can pay his way out of anything... Scientology is one dumb cult, can't even call it a religion...

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-10-02 14:04

      No difference... except religions have political power

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-10-02 14:45

      As an active Scientologist I think it is disgusting the way people consistently label my religion as a cult. The real issue here is that the majority of people are bigots and are not tolerant to any other religions. All the people posting harsh comments about Scientology please name one occasion when a Scientologist harmed you, bombed innocent people , burnt down embassies, crashed planes into buildings, burnt witchs or even tried to convert you by knocking on your door? Never. You will see our people at these same tragedies trying to help and offer aid but people tend to forget the good and only remember the bad. If Tom Cruise was Jewish , no one would say a thing, if he was Muslin , everyone would be too terrified to say a thing . Maybe if Scientologists started murdering people who insult our beliefs too we would get a bit more respect but because we just try to help and improve our own lives we are the villains . Jesus was also a cult leader in the eyes of the Romans .

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 16:20

      i thought he left this? what kind of religion prevents you from seeing your own daughter?

      bobbi.jantjies - 2012-10-02 18:42

      @ abra.kadaver Yes sweetie... just give them time though, its a young religion right... sure they'll get into the atrocities and kiddie fiddling at some point... if you can believe in mr. Xenu and the like whats to stop you from believing more crazy s#%@, oh and you guys are big on payments for spiritual services...? at least that much you have in common with all other religions... pay your monies and they'll paint you saved... no go and reach a higher level will you...

      dire2009 - 2012-10-02 19:15

      @abra.kadaver.1: I don't have a problem with your religion or belief system called "scientology" what I do have a problem with is the abuses that perpetrated by and within the organisation calling itself the church of scientology. I fully support the rights of independent scientologists to practice scientology. The fact the church of scientology repeatedly harasses them using private investigators, bands of "squirrel busters" with video cameras and litigation demonstrates to me that the church of scientology organisation is bigoted and intolerant. The vile, lurid and sensational stories about those who've left the church of scientology published on the Internet and in the church of scientology's Freedom magazine are classic examples of pure hate speech. Many people have been abused physically, mentally and financially by the church of scientology under its leader David Miscavige. That's what I have a problem with, just like I have a problem with the catholic church anti condom propaganda in Africa and many other issues.

      scientologymyths - 2012-10-03 18:56

      @boom.afridi.56 Not the Church of Scientology.

      scientologymyths - 2012-10-03 19:00

      Wake up, people. abra.kadaver is a troll.

  • Oupa Dube - 2012-10-02 13:42

    What religion bars you to see ur children?Who are they?

      scientologymyths - 2012-10-03 18:58

      I don't know if there is such a religion. I do know though that there is no reason why Tom shouldn't be together with his daughter. Nothing in Scientology would prevent that, to the contrary. Healthy family relations are supported in Scientology.

  • pagel.trivia - 2012-10-02 13:43

    Idiotic religious cult and then make idiotic decisions by not following their own rules. Go figure. "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-10-02 14:00

      100% all religions are hypocritical, do on to others as they would make your life easier should be the religious mantra

      dire2009 - 2012-10-02 19:25

      If people want to believe in sky daddies, space aliens or the flying spaghetti monster it doesn't really matter. The problems only occur when they start using the belief to excuse being abusive to others; typically this only occurs when some people form a church based on the beliefs and get others to follow them. If people kept their spiritual journey personal, thought for themselves and actually studied philosophy and researched other religions for "answers" rather than going to churches to be told what to believe the world would be a better place. It would also be better if religions stopped trying to contradict proper science. Science may not have all the answers, it may have some answers wrong but what science does do is constantly seek the truth, admitting when it was wrong and when it doesn't know the answer - it doesn't just insert "magic" in the gaps.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-10-02 13:46

    Buddy, any time you have to get permission from your "church" to see your child, you need to re-evaluate. Something is clearly wrong.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-10-02 14:03

    Hahaha! Love it. Money talks... Soooo not really different from any other religion.

  • moregareth - 2012-10-02 14:25

    What a bunch of freaks.

  • willem.rademeyer.9 - 2012-10-02 14:45

    I agree with you mrp721. Not by any stretch of the imagination can scientology by seen as a religion.

  • - 2012-10-02 14:49

    what an absolute bunch of idiots

  • julian.booyens - 2012-10-02 15:00

    I never knew that Bart Simpson is a Scientologist!

  • tbagwell1 - 2012-10-02 16:18

    First off, disconnection doesn't exist the way the media portrays it. Teachings state that you must 'handle'(meaning make amends or make right) the situation or disconnect from the person, group, or thing. This only applies to those people or situations causing harm to you, the chruch, or mankind. There is no evidence that Katie and Suri are SPs(meaning they want to harm Tom, the church, or anyones hopes wishes or spiritual progress) and thus no special action is needed. And Tom is a Pubilc Scientologist which means he is not "restricted" by any other special policies or proceedures that someone in the Sea Org or on Staff may have to complete in such a situation.

      dire2009 - 2012-10-02 19:52

      So disconnection only applies to "those people or situations causing harm to you, the chruch(sic), or mankind." So who's in the best position to decide if a person of situation is harmful to the individual, why the individual of course. Now who's in the best position to decide if the person or situation is harmful to the church of scientology, why the church of scientology of course. It follows then that the church of scientology doing what the critics say, it's deciding people are potentially harmful to it and so telling all its members to disconnect from them. Those loyal to the church of scientology do so even though the people they may be disconnecting from are long time friends or even family.

  • marni.boshoff - 2012-10-02 16:23

    Can people not see there is something off with this, i mean who the hell joins a religion where you can't see your loved ones if they left the church and sue me for saying this but i wouldn't do that, stay in a church which doesn't permit me to see family members that left it, this is so cult like what they are doing, isolating their members. also i don't have respect for these people because it shows what they really feel for their family i don't give a crap if they have been brainwashed or not

  • bones.mine - 2012-10-02 16:49

    Cruise has spent time with Suri, which has already upset the parents and children of existing Scientologists who can't talk to their loved ones. The beginning of the end for the funny(tragic, stupid, lamebrained etc) cult?

  • jm.johanreyneke - 2012-10-02 17:36

    (Cruise has spent time with Suri, which has already upset the parents and children of existing Scientologists who can't talk to their loved ones.) I have to agree, beginning of the end. This is nothing other than a cult. The Church desides you cannot see your loved ones. Helooooo....

  • caine.abel.75 - 2012-10-02 23:46

    Well they are one of many with sheep following blindly

  • nrogerson777 - 2012-10-02 23:50

    Cruise is the biggest marketing tool Scientology has. Of course they will bend the rules for him and John Travolta. If hasn't seem my daughter for 3 months, I would seriously go on mission impossible 5 to find her, Mr hunt.

  • michael.kinkade.52 - 2012-10-03 02:10

    In response to abrakadaver, I have been harmed directly and indirectly by scientology! My wife was born and raised into scientology and was abused verbally, emotionally, and even physically by scientology staff. In addition, she and most of her friends can't even confirm that they completed anything beyond pre-school! Really? Are you kidding me abrakadaver? her family has been robbed of their civil liberties and their money while on staff and after they left their posts. Apparently you have been lucky. FYI, scientology does exactly fit the definition of 'cult': "a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object • a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister . " I predict Tom is leaving soon.

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-10-03 10:44

      If your wife can't confirm whether or not she completed any thing after pre- school don't blame Scientology, blame her for being an idiot.

  • scientologymyths - 2012-10-03 19:01

    This is gross nonsense. There is no religious or other issue in Scientology that would interfere with Tom Cruise seeing Suri. Just another vicious lie to alienate Scientologists. Shame on Channel24 for running this rubbish.

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