Update: Here’s Rathbun’s interview
There’s plenty of Scientology-related Tom Cruise news today, but first let’s focus on the latest from his ex-auditor, Marty Rathbun. As we’ve covered over the past few days, Rathbun has been shockingly accurate in predicting Tom Cruise’s moves in the wake of his divorce. It’s all about how the cult handles their PR, and Rathbun knows it intimately. He was Cruise’s personal auditor (similar to a counselor) in the wake of the Kidman divorce. As we’ve heard from Rathbun, and from other ex-Scientologists with knowledge of the situation, the cult worked to both bring about Cruise and Kidman’s divorce, and to alienate her children from her. These gems that have come up in the wake of the Tomkat divorce have largely remained in the gossip press and haven’t received mainstream media coverage – until now. Rathbun is about to do an interview on Brian Williams’ Rock Center that will air on NBC tonight. MSNBC has a preview video (here) in which Rathbun explains how Kidman was declared a suppressive person. You can read more about this story on MSNBC’s website.
In terms of suppressive people and cutting Kidman out of her children’s lives, The Village Voice has a new article that claims that ex Scientologists are livid that the rules of the cult are seemingly being lifted for Tom Cruise. Cruise of course will maintain contact with his daughter, Suri, and by extension his soon-to-be ex wife, Katie Holmes. That’s not how it works for most Scientologists, who are forced to cut ties with anyone deemed a enemy of the cult. Katie Holmes most definitely falls in that category, but it’s not like she’ll be declared a suppressive person. She’s too famous, she blindsided Cruise and earned custody of Suri, and Cruise is too powerful a cult member. He won’t be forced to shun his ex wife and daughter like most other Scientologists would in that situation. Here’s more:
With so many ex-Scientologists cut off entirely from their own children, or parents, or siblings through the church’s policy of “disconnection,” it’s another slap in the face, they say, that Tom Cruise gets to bypass that rule and see his child and communicate freely with his ex-wife.
First, let’s give Katie her due: She is, without a doubt, the biggest SP in the history of Scientology.
While L. Ron Hubbard originally figured that about two and a half percent of the world’s population are “suppressive” — antisocial types who would never be reachable by Scientology — over the ensuing years, the church has applied the label “suppressive person” or “SP” to anyone it deems an enemy. Anyone, that is, who ditches Scientology or publicly criticizes it. And when a former church member or critical relative or uncooperative ex-wife or other potential source of bad juju and bad publicity is declared a suppressive person, they become like kryptonite to other Scientologists.
If you are a member of Scientology in good standing and want to stay that way, you cannot have anything to do with SPs. If it’s learned by the church that you’re working for or talking with or otherwise communicating with an SP, then you can also be declared an SP if you don’t take actions to remedy the situation.
There is no more perfect definition of a suppressive person than Katie Holmes. She has taken one of Scientology’s prize possessions — her daughter Suri — out of the church, spurned her Scientologist husband, and in the process brought more bad publicity to Scientology than it has ever had. Even the death of Lisa McPherson (1995) and the lawsuit of L. Ron Hubbard Jr. against the church (1982) did not bring this kind of sustained, multifarious entheta (negative information) from every kind of news outlet, from blogs to daily newspapers to network news. (And there’s plenty more coming, take it from me. Whoa Nelly.)
Katie Holmes, there is no doubt, is the SP from hell.
And in that case, the rules are clear: Tom Cruise must disconnect from her and her devil-spawn child. He must completely cut both of them out of his life, make sure they have no way of reaching him, and even guard against communications in a roundabout way through family and friends.
That’s what Tom would have to do, that is, if he were treated like the rest of the people in his church.
Visitation rights? Wow, you talk about Scientology sacrilege.
“I would like some visitation rights with my son Benjamin,” former top church spokesman Mike Rinder tells me. “I tried to see him, but they called the police and issued a trespass warning against me.”
“This is the double standard that gets applied,” Rinder says, explaining that simply because of who Tom Cruise is, he gets a pass and doesn’t have to follow the same rules that other Scientologists do. “The church always says it’s simply applying policy — but it’s all total crap. The church does what is convenient and expedient. It’s never what’s right or what ought to be.”
“Katie Holmes won’t be declared a suppressive person because she’s too famous,” says Amy Scobee, another former executive.
“The rest of us want visitation rights with our families,” says Amy, whose struggle to remain a part of her mother’s life led her to speak out publicly after leaving Scientology and write her book, Abuse at the Top.
The ex-Scientology community has been buzzing about this ever since ex-member Tom DeVocht said something about it on his Facebook page.
“I know so many people who can’t even talk to their kids — even worse is Karen [de la Carriere]‘s situation as an example — because the Church enforces their disconnection policy so strenuously. But Tom Cruise gets “visitation rights” to see Suri despite the fact that Katie’s divorce had EVERYTHING to do with Scientology and was possible the worse blow to Scientology’s PR yet”.
[From The Village Voice]
The Village Voice has a ton more examples of ex Scientologists disconnected from their families, and you can read more at the source. The most egregious recent example is Karen de la Carriere, the ex wife of the president of The Church of Scientology International. Karen’s 27 year-old son died recently, and she wasn’t even allowed in to the funeral home to see his body and pay her respects. We recently received a very heartfelt, detailed email from a reader who grew up in a Scientology household. She described how her father’s blind adherence to the cult helped split up her own marriage, left her estranged from an excommunicated step sister, and ultimately led her parents to divorce. So it seems like this is just how things operate in Scientology, but not for Tom Cruise.
According to E! Online, Cruise may visit with Suri this weekend, but unlike other times he’s been with his daughter in NY “there will be no photo op.” He’s currently working on the film Oblivion in the mountains of California, and a source tells E! that “As soon as he is done shooting he will arrange to see Suri. If he wasn’t shooting up in the mountains, I am sure he already would be with her.” Their source adds that the divorce settlement allows for “flexible” visitation and that Tom plans “to see Suri very, very often. He loves her dearly and is a normal parent.”
As for what’s next for Scientology, they’re planning a full-on PR offensive to include television, radio and Internet broadcasts. Their spokesperson put out a PR message making the announcement. It seems conveniently timed, although they may have been planning for it. The COS purchased a TV studio in LA last year for $42 million. Reuters has this story along with commentary from media and cult experts who expect them to “buy time on local TV stations to air shows as other religions do.” Other religions with a lot more members, and lot more transparency, than they have.
Here’s Cruise playing with a gun on the set of Oblivion yesterday. His 17 year-old son, Connor, visited him on set. The images above are of Tom with Suri on 1-25-12 and 12-16-11. Credit: WENN.com, PCNPhotos and FameFlynet
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