In Touch: Suri Cruise, on the brink of a demanding Scientology upbringing

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This week’s issue of In Touch has presented a story (which I have mixed feelings about) that revolves around children who grow up in a Scientology world. Once again, the source here is Janet Reitman’s new book, Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion, which I have actually started reading (and am 50% finished) and have found that it is an incredibly detailed account even though I’ve only just completed the part about Lisa McPherson’s life and death inside the cult. So far, it’s a highly recommended read, but I’ll hopefully keep you posted on that note.

Anyway, we’ve already covered the In Touch article from last week that discussed the part of the book about Katie Holmes’ life of surveillance and control, and this week, the story is about Suri Cruise on the brink of true Scientology induction. Here, I am scratching my head because even though Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are well entrenched in the CO$ and have surrounded themselves with staff that double as Scientology spies, I think Suri will avoid the traps set out for most Scientology children. Let’s get on with this article, and afterwards, we’ll discuss:

Over the years, the world has watched as Suri Cruise has grown from a tiny baby into Scientology’s most famous kid. But now, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ daughter’s charmed life could be changing in a big way, thanks to the rules of the mysterious church. The bizarre details of her secret world are being exposed for the first time in a new book, Inside Scientology, by Janet Reitman.

Growing up as a Scientology child, “I was in a completely isolated community,” Kendra Wisman tells Reitman. “I had no contact with non-Scientologists. None.” Which means that Scientology kids like Suri often lack real-world friends whose lives they can compare to their own.

Though things are pretty normal for a Scientology child’s first few years, at age 5 — Suri’s age — things start to change with the introduction of auditing, a type of church confessional.

The book — which the church claims is full of inaccuracies — reveals that in order to be a good subject for auditing, children are restricted to a bare-bones diet of organic vegetables, fruit, bland carbohydrates, and vitamin supplements. So Suri may have to forego her usual sugar-loaded snacks like ice cream and chocolate. The previously pampered tot — who was reportedly fed a mixture of barley water, milk, and corn syrup as an infant — already seems to be strong-willed about her diet. According to Tom, Suri once refused her father’s meal suggestions, saying, “Dad, I really don’t think you should try to force me to do something I don’t want to do.” With that attitude, perhaps Suri will avoid a scary-skinny look like mom Katie!

And it’s possible the outspoken Suri will throw a tantrum over another new rule — an early bedtime. Scientologists are advised to get a full eight hours of sleep before auditing, which could put a cramp in her evenings out with her celebrity parents.

In her private Scientology-themed education, Suri might take on a role most kids would enjoy — spying on Mom and Dad. “Scientology children, like their parents, are taught to report on one another,” Reitman explains.

Will the feisty Suri break free from the demanding religion, or continue to grow up as a Scientology princess? Only time will tell.

[From In Touch, print edition, August 28, 2011]

First off, I’d like to emphasize that the above excerpt sounds much like the accounts from the Ex-Scientology Kids website. The tricky thing about Scientology is that, because it costs so much money, many devotees (who are not wealthy celebrities) will essentially indenture themselves to the church. These families will actually pack up household, sell everything, and move to one of the bases, where they receive free auditing in exchange for basically giving up their entire lives. And, of course, their children are part of this deal too, so the kids end up laboring alongside (and mostly separated from) their parents. All of this goes back to the days when children were first encouraged to sign billion-year contracts and serve the Sea Org, which was originally based upon actual sea vessels (because it’s easier to escape the hand of the law there) where L. Ron Hubbard (a.k.a., “The Commodore”) himself was served by droves of young “Messengers.” These days, the Sea Org exists on land but is no less demanding, and these children are forced to miss out on both school and all but a few hours of sleep in order to help “clear the planet.” To say that this is a very rough life for the children is an understatement, and it’s really hard to believe that any parent would sign their kids up for this miserable existence.

As to Suri? She’ll eventually have to deal with the auditing nonsense and its associated indoctrination, but it’s not as if Tom and Katie would ever encourage her to sign up for the Sea Org. For one thing, they don’t need to do so because they’re incredibly rich. Also, Suri is clearly an asset and must remain visible to the public, as creepy as that sounds. Really, Suri is really the only thing that’s keeping Cruise’s public image afloat, so to speak. With Suri, Tom is a doting father who happens to wear lifts at all times. Without her, Tom would still just be the unhinged couch jumper … who wears lifts at all times.

Meanwhile, the paps have gotten some really cute pictures of Suri in recent days. Kaiser, CB, and I have already discussed these almost surreal photos of Suri on 8/16 wearing this purple ensemble. At first, there was a question as to whether it was even Suri in these pictures, because Kaiser thinks she looks almost like a different child. And make no mistake, Suri does seem almost unrecognizable here, but from certain angles, the Suri-ness shines through. Or something like that.

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Now here’s some recent photos of Suri on 8/17 and 8/15 looking more like herself. She really is adorable holding that child-sized umbrella.

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Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News and WENN

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  1. Ari says:

    She is growing up so she will change obviously but she is totally adorbs in that purple outfit! I hope she chooses to leave this cult when she gets older by rebelling and be stronger than her mom :L

  2. Sigh. says:

    “In her private Scientology-themed education, Suri might take on a role most kids would enjoy — spying on Mom and Dad. ‘Scientology children, like their parents, are taught to report on one another,’ Reitman explains.”

    O_o
    Sounds like set-up for a future tell-alls, to me.

    Suri doesn’t *seem* the type to be told…BY ANYONE. $ciento or no.

  3. RocketMerry says:

    That poor child. Scientology should be stopped and declared illegal, like in France.

  4. Rita says:

    Suri is a beautiful little girl whose comfort with the camera seems well beyond her years. Her demand that Tom wear lifts so he’ll be taller than her is the first indication of things to come.

  5. as says:

    I doubt that the Scis can make her obey. They would have to break her and that is not an option since her parents are famous. This kid is already strong willed and bossy. She’s not going the let the head midget of CO$ (David M, not Tommy Girl) boss her around. There is a cute video of her ordering the paps to take a “pic of her baby!” Yes she speaks: http://www.gossipcop.com/suri-cruise-paparazzi-doll-video-photographers-yelling-speaking-baby-new-york-august-2011/

  6. RADC says:

    if i never have to see another photo or read another story about Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and their child, life would be good. i love celebitchy, loathe stories about them.

  7. DenG says:

    So people enslave themselves to Scientrollogy for the privilege of being audited and eventually blackmailed? Good deal.

  8. Kaye says:

    Am I the only one who thinks she looks like Chris Klein?

  9. gee says:

    This is the funniest thing I’ve seen all week!!!:
    “With Suri, Tom is a doting father who happens to wear lifts at all times.”

  10. Sigh. says:

    Thinking further on it: I TOTALLY see HER running The CO$, but not the other way around.

    HA!

  11. the original bellaluna says:

    Well, we’ll know that Suri has started her auditing and indoctrination when we:

    1) No longer see her out late at night after dinner & a show with her parents;

    2) No longer see her eating designer cupcakes.

  12. Kim says:

    They pick and choose what parts of scientology they want to adhere to and if it doesnt fit or make their life easier they dont do it. They arent “regular” non celeb scientologists. Im sure they wouldnt make Suri do anything she doesnt want to do. After all isnt it scientologys thing to treat kids like adults and not kids so certainly forcing her to be on a certain diet isnt treating her like an adult that makes her own decisions right?

  13. Hakura says:

    @RocketMerry“That poor child. Scientology should be stopped and declared illegal, like in France.”

    I don’t disagree. This is one of those times when you have to deal with the *negative* affects of the constitutional right to religion. Especially bad since this so called religion is made up of the wealthy & those in influential positions, so they can prevent people from the ‘outside’ from interfering.

    Even knowing how warped their practices are, I don’t know if there’s any way to really prove how abusive it is, especially to their children. If it was psychologically ‘scarring’ & could be proven… Then even still, they’d probably only be pressured to alter that one thing, not shut down the entire religion.

  14. Dena says:

    As not to alienate or anger TC, their top gun, COS will probaby handle Suri with kid gloves. So . . . she may not have the full “treatment”.

  15. Katija says:

    I hope in a few years she pulls an Angelina, tells her dad to kiss her ass, and becomes a kick-ass, totally sane Award-winning actress like her crazy dad’s first wife.

  16. k says:

    She totally looks like Chris Klein.

  17. ladybert62 says:

    Doesnt Mr. Cruise have other children? Did they go through COS? What was their reaction to it?

  18. anne_000 says:

    why would you give corn syrup to an infant?

  19. BELLA says:

    If Katie agrees to this cult ,then she is nuts too!!Suri run!!!!!!

  20. Iggles says:

    @ Kaye:
    Am I the only one who thinks she looks like Chris Klein?

    I think she looks more like Tom’s cousin, William Mapother. I buy him as the real dad over Cruise…

  21. lindseythecrackthief says:

    “Tom would still just be the unhinged couch jumper … who wears lifts at all times.”
    Best line if heard all week LMAO LMAO!!
    I just think no matter what religion she gets into shes bound to be a little brat …..from what i read she already is.

  22. Her Purple dress is DKNY just fyi

  23. gee says:

    @iggies: HOLY CRAP you’re right. Looks just like him.

    I mean, they are cousins so the genetics are there, but she looks like his kid.

  24. sandy#1 says:

    poor child, she looks strong willed, more so than mom.

  25. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    That is some serious messed up sh*!.
    I thank the dear Lord above that my parents were just run of the mill methodist.

  26. Elizabeth says:

    @ gee and iggles :
    yep, she does look just like him, more so than Tom Cruise or Chris Klein

  27. Original Tiffany says:

    Bedhead, am about the same amount through the book-I highly recommend it. Everything in it has been consistent with my family’s experience. The bathroom floor cleaning with a toothbrush, the giving up your life and becoming an indentured servant who lives there. The book is VERY accurate. Once again the CO$ is full of lies and “inconsistencies”.

  28. Nymeria says:

    @ Katija (#15) – “I hope in a few years she pulls an Angelina, tells her dad to kiss her ass, and becomes a kick-ass, totally sane Award-winning actress like her crazy dad’s first wife.”

    Awesome idea! :) Just keep in mind that Tom Cruise’s first wife was Mimi Rogers. I’m assuming you were referring to Nicole Kidman.

  29. Truthful says:

    not to be mean but maybe they can get that pacifier away from her.

    I think she is REALLY an adult lady just like the chick in the “Orphan”..
    playing like she’s a kid.

    she’ll show you guys soon, LOL

  30. dorothy says:

    That poor child…maybe Katies parents will be able to influence her away from that cult as she ages.

  31. Memphis says:

    In all honesty Tom’s older children seem very well adjusted. That may be mostly due to Nicole, I have no idea but maybe Suri stands a chance of growing up just as well. I hope so because I think she’s an adorable little girl.

  32. palermo says:

    I don’t like to talk about kids, but Suri has always looked demented to me. Can’t wait to see her as a teenager

  33. Vesper says:

    @ Memphis – How do u know Tom’s other children are well adjusted? I rarely read anything about them. As well, there seem to be very few pics of them. When they are photographed they rarely look happy. Do they even speak?

    Not sure what u mean about Nicole’s influence since she has admitted that she rarely sees them. I think Tom’a attitude since the divorce is a textbook case of parental alienation.

  34. e.non says:

    this poor child knows nothing else but that cult; she’ll have no ability to rebel because she’s never alone and has limited access to ‘others’.

    i feel very sorry for her; and that her mother willingly has subjected her to this is disgusting. and her father is an idiot.

  35. Marianne says:

    I was just watching a video on Entertainment Tonight Canada where little Suri put her doll up to face and yelled at the paparazzi “Take a picture of my baby instead”…it was kind of cute.

  36. John Wayne Lives says:

    I feel terribly sad for any child who grows up in a cult. Whether they ever leave or not, their heads, their lives are gonna be completely f*cked.

  37. Memphis says:

    @vesper

    That’s why I they “seem” well adjusted as opposed to “are” well adjusted. I wouldn’t know for sure.

    But all we hear about them is Connor is acting and Bella wants to design. If they were doing anything Paris or Lindsay-esk we would hear all about it and it would be linked right away to Tom’s controlling ways and Scientology.

    And what I meant about Nicole’s influence was that she was there for their formative younger years so her early influence helped shape them.

    Or maybe I’m totally wrong and just hopeful that they’re well adjusted good kids despite Scientology and Tom.

  38. Moops says:

    ooh, Tom has new ‘work boots’ lifts. They disguis the lifts better than those awful black booties he used to wear.

  39. Chrissy says:

    Ohhh … in that video where Suri made the “take a picture of my baby instead” comment, WHY were they taking her picture at all?? Her famous parents weren’t with her. That’s just wrong. Leave the little girl ALONE. When they parade her around, that’s a bit different but when she is alone with a nanny, she shouldn’t be photographed.

  40. i.want.shoes says:

    She’s Suri Cruise. I’m sure the traditional COS treatment won’t apply to her.

  41. Seal Team 6 says:

    Tom Cruise’s first wife was a lifelong crazy Scientologist crazier than him, and who introduced him into COS. She was kicked out after they divorced.

  42. filthycute says:

    Anyone notice her first name, SURI, is the middle four letters in CRUISE?

    That makes these people even creepier, like she’s some alien robot extension of Midget Cruise’s soul.

  43. A- says:

    5 year old girls should not be wearing lipstick. She is a child.

  44. WOM says:

    Love this post, Bedhead.

    #37, Memphis — I agree. There are reports that Tom was a lapsed-Scientologist during his marriage to Kidman. The older children’s formative years were probably more normal than Suri’s life.

    I don’t think Suri looks like Chris Klein, but she also doesn’t resemble either of her “parents.”

  45. mimi says:

    I feel so sorry for that sweet little girl.

    I wish someone would somehow make sure she’ll have a normal childhood and save her from this cult.

    She deserves to go to school, have friends and NOT be surrounded by these weird controlling people.

    She is so sweet and cute. Let’s hope someone from Katie’s family or the authorities will intervene.

  46. Original Bee says:

    @Kaye I’ve always thought she looks like Chris Klein. But, lately she’s started to resemble Tom Cruise a bit to me. So, who knows. But, I also think Connor resembles Tom due to them both having some of the same mannerisms and body language.

  47. Lolo says:

    Joshua Jackson, anyone? Just a fringe?Look at her frown…Just look at her face. Not a Cruise. Mix KatBot and Joshua Jackson’s faces: Suri…

  48. Lolo says:

    Everybody is wishing on Chris Klein… Joshua Jackson seems a better fit to Suri’s features… Dawson’s Creek might have been deeper than expected.

  49. lil says:

    iwantshoes, ITA. what other child of scientologists is as “popular” or as high an asset as is Suri?
    The Travolta children?
    Jaden and whatshername….Willow?
    his grown children with Nicole? they weren’t put out as Suri much, and that was probably due to Nicole and because he was not as open with his involvement in the Cos cult as he became after firing his manager and naming his own sciento sister instead, jumping in the couch, getting with Katie, etc, etc.

    I think Suri is really a big PR asset,and they very well know it. I do not think she will ever rebel, just maybe become a spoiled child. Juliete Lewis seems a free spirit also is a life long scientologist, but she seems less worked up in he PR of her cult as the Cruises, but who knows. Maybe suri will be chill and just enjoy all the perks of her money and status.
    I do not see the Smith children suffering in a demanding upbringing and schooling, hey sometimes they do not go to school. What I see is that their parents really go far in “helping” them realizing their “dreams” (nepotism, in my book).
    Maybe they will buy Suri her own clothes line, like Cruise has done with Katie (hire her as an assistant like her sister Isabella, I don’t think so!), or, if she wants to dance, he will buy her a place in a popular dance show,like with Katie, or make her a singer or an actor like the Smiths… or maybe she will want to go to to University, and they will encourage her to go to an Ivy League one… now that would be interesting!

    I don’t know about others.
    They wooed JLo, the Beckhams and Eva Longoria,among others. In my opinion, to get celebs with different backgrounds into the COS for effects of PR.
    African american Scienos: The smiths
    Latin scienos: Lopez and her then husband
    Spor celebs scienos: the Beckhams.
    But it didn’t work…. the Smiths have stayed, tho. I do not buy that they only “sympathize” with them. What I find funny is that they were boasting how good friends all of them were, even releasing pics of their parties and coming and going to restaurants, and then nothing, nada…

  50. lil says:

    iwantshoes, ITA. what other child of scientologists is as “popular” or as high an asset as is Suri?
    The Travolta children?
    Jaden and whatshername….Willow?
    his grown children with Nicole? they weren’t put out as Suri much, and that was probably due to Nicole and because he was not as open with his involvement in the Cos cult as he became after firing his manager and naming his own sciento sister instead, jumping in the couch, getting with Katie, etc, etc.

    I think Suri is really a big PR asset,and they very well know it. I do not think she will ever rebel, just maybe become a spoiled child. Juliete Lewis seems a free spirit also is a life long scientologist, but she seems less worked up in he PR of her cult as the Cruises, but who knows. Maybe suri will be chill and just enjoy all the perks of her money and status.
    I do not see the Smith children suffering in a demanding upbringing and schooling, hey sometimes they do not go to school. What I see is that their parents really go far in “helping” them realizing their “dreams” (nepotism, in my book).
    Maybe they will buy Suri her own clothes line, like Cruise has done with Katie (hire her as an assistant like her sister Isabella, I don’t think so!), or, if she wants to dance, he will buy her a place in a popular dance show,like with Katie, or make her a singer or an actor like the Smiths… or maybe she will want to go to to University, and they will encourage her to go to an Ivy League one… now that would be interesting!

    I don’t know about others.
    They wooed JLo, the Beckhams and Eva Longoria,among others. In my opinion, to get celebs with different backgrounds into the COS for effects of PR.
    African american Scienos: The smiths
    Latin scienos: Lopez and her then husband
    Sport celebs scienos: the Beckhams.
    But it didn’t work…. the Smiths have stayed, tho. I do not buy that they only “sympathize” with them. What I find funny is that they were boasting how good friends all of them were, even releasing pics of their parties and coming and going to restaurants, and then nothing, nada…

  51. Cheyenne says:

    Kaye: Am I the only one who thinks she looks like Chris Klein?
    =============================================

    Not at all. The older she gets, the more obvious it becomes.

  52. Erinn says:

    What kind of 5 year old says: “Dad, I really don’t think you should try to force me to do something I don’t want to do.”

    I mean, I’m not saying she’s a dumb child or anything, but it sounds more like something an older kid would say. They probably spun her words a bit- if she said that at all.

    To me, this kid tends to look like a spoiled little brat. She seems so entitled at 5. But I think the same about Angelina’s Zahara who always looks like she’s in a really snarky mood, but most people on these boards talk about her so highly. I don’t know. I don’t like snotty kids. Maybe they aren’t actually snotty, but it seems like the articles that I have personally seen, they tend to be especially cranky looking.

    I think Suri really looks like Tom in the second photo.

  53. Liamarie says:

    She’s a beautiful child.

  54. Kara Ann says:

    Freedom of religion (or to have no religion) is, of course, a constitutional right in the USA. I support this wholeheartedly. Having said that, I don’t support brain washing cults that have indentured slavery and gross rules of conduct(i.e. not letting people leave and/or suing and harassing detractors with the end game being to destroy people financially, emotionally, and/or in any other way possible).
    IMO, political correctness has gone too far when law enforcement/government and the general public is unwilling to condemn that which is obviously a money-making scheme because it has been granted the title of “religion”. I guarantee if I, you, or anyone else used the practices of the CO$, we would be arrested for any number of criminal activities. To my mind if a person or organization engages in criminal activities you can call it “religion” or you can call it “Slap Happy Donut Day” and there is no difference. It is not, perhaps, the intent to control these people and take away their free will that is illegal. I can buy that to the degree that it would be incredibly difficult to prove. However, the practices that the CO$ uses to gain control over these people is patently illegal. You know what? Let them keep the title “religion” just take away their ability to indenture these people. I guarantee if the CO$ were required to only let people take classes that they had earned/paid for and they didn’t fear incurring crazy debt more of them would get the hell outta crazy town. I won’t even go into taking away this organization’s ability to separate families and terrorize it’s detractors.
    Lastly, the movie star face of the cult isn’t my concern. Sad but….It is the common man/woman/child that is my concern. Without these hard-working regular people, the Tom Cruises and John Travoltas would soon find that there is no one there to make them feel so special. I mean “celebrity center”, really? Isn’t that a pretty big hint that this thing isn’t all its cracked up to be?
    (shakes head. disgusted.)

  55. Cherry Rose says:

    Oh please. Suri will be pampered and catered to her whole life. Just like all the other celebrity scientologists. The celebrities are what draw normal people into the church. Free adveritising pretty much.

    And freedom of religion? Let’s not forget that the US has tried to close down the FLDS, led by Jeff Warren, because of the marrying of child brides and polyagamy.

    I do think that scientology pays the government to look the other way of their practices and methods. With all these stories coming out about the truth of the church of scientology, you’d think the FBI would be investigating them, but they haven’t. (I realize that the FBI did investigate back in the 70s, but since then, there has been nothing).

    Nor does local law enforcement or the justice system do anything to help the people trying to escape from this cult.

  56. lil says:

    2@cherry rose
    here is an interesting read about some of the workings of CoS trying to defend its image, I hope it goes thru, if not, please copy and paste link:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_Awareness_Network

    We see,that celebrity center is to project an image of sucess to the general public. An aspirational image. And then people get to pay for all that

  57. Boo says:

    Suri always looks like she needs to be washed and combed. Her eyes always seem a bit haunted to me, too. I feel a bit sorry for her, as her childhood has been very, very strange, and there is no way to relearn basic ideas about the world and one’s own place in it…but I don’t find her to be cute or sweet. I’ve never met her, and so my conclusions are drawn only from photographs, but she seems at once quite immature (blankets and binkies for a 5 year old) and inappropriately mature (high heels, lipstick, attitude), and there just seems to be WRONG written all over the place.

  58. Kathleen H. says:

    Erinn,’What kind of 5 year old says: “Dad, I really don’t think you should try to force me to do something I don’t want to do.”’

    She is basically an only child so she is probably treated more adult than little kid. My son said things like that at a young age. Don’t forget that kids are also like little taperecorders. They repeat EVERYTHING they hear,or weren’t supposed to hear. I think that this religion is a bit like Jehovah Witness. No holidays, no birthdays, and a recruiting quota. It’s cruel to kids. Everyone has the right to worship as they wish, personally I prefer to practice my faith personally. Faith is and should be private. Then noone could comment on it.

  59. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Kaye I was thinking Suri does look so much like Chris Klein.

  60. lisa says:

    We see pictures of these children and I have always wanted to hear their little voices..

    I finally heard Suri talk on one of the entertainment shows.. she was hiding behind her doll and told the paps to talk a picture of her doll instead..

    She has a sweet voice and it makes me a bit sick how the paps can’t keep a reasonable distance when taking pictures. I think most celebrities that are high profile realize that the children are going to be photographed, but the paps can get the “shot” from a distance. Calling the children’s names is so creepy like they are friends or something.. That should be a big NO..NO..NO

  61. Mimi says:

    Either Chris Klein or Josh Hartnett.

    It could be either.

    I think she dated Josh Hartnett briefly, just before the Tom and Katie thing started, and if you look at the pictures- when they started dating and she started getting those designer dresses, you can see in some of the pictures she already had the prego belly, though she lost weight.

    Both Hartnett and Klein got that slanted eye “thing” that Suri’s got.

    But hey, only Katie knows.
    Perhaps Suri will have her own “Mama Mia” life story when she wants to know who is her father.

  62. Sumodo1 says:

    Suri looks to be wearing makeup in the photos with hat and purple dress.

  63. whitedaisy says:

    @Cherryrose
    The FLDS leader, Jeff Warren was arrested and imprisoned because sexual intercourse with minors is assault and a heinous crime against a child.
    Not because there is religious intolerance.

  64. Amanda says:

    She has a strict diet? What about when she is seen with Kate Homles at Starbucks? I don’t think Starbucks is organic?

  65. Cherry Rose says:

    @whitedaisy – You missed my post entirely. I was pointing out that if a “religion” violates laws of this country, then the justic system will try to shut it down. Which is what happened to the FDLS.

  66. Crimson & Clover says:

    Suri will probably never speak out against CO$. She’s being raised to believe that everything she has is the direct result of the CO$. Remember that anecdote about the former member who was doing what amounted to slave labor, fixing up cars and motorcycles for Cruise? And some Sea Org kids were customizing his trailer? Suri will be the benefactress of CO$ slave labor. She’ll have no reason to complain or leave, because the CO$ will ensure her a rarified life of comfort. It’s not the same experience at all.

    If anyone is liable to speak out, it’d be the Kidman/Cruise kids. Nicole never converted and she wouldn’t let Tom indoctrinate the kids while they were married, so they have grown up knowing another way. Since the divorce, though, Tom has been easing them into the CO$, apart of which is the “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” attitude, which is probably why don’t they see much of Nicole these days. That makes me sad for them, and Nicole, but maybe they wake up one day as they age and then write the best tell-all of all time.

  67. gg says:

    oh dear, already dressing like an Olsen twin.

  68. Ja says:

    @Bedhead: I applaud you for going the extra step and investigating the reality of Scientology. I mean you’ve just put this blog into a really good use :-)

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