One of the ways the Scientology cult ropes in vulnerable recruits is through their sham drug rehab front, Narconon. Narconon tries to sound official with a name that can easily be confused for the legitimate self-help group, Narcotics Anonymous, with which they are in no way affiliated. They make addicts go cold turkey and advocate a medically unsound detox regimen that includes saunas and vitamins. Narconon uses mind control tactics to convert people to Scientology.
It’s not surprising, then, that Cruise is said to have recommended Narconon to Keith Urban, who was just released from an accredited rehab for alcoholism treatment. The National Enquirer reports that Tom Cruise and his ex, Nicole Kidman, are battling a religous war over how to raise their two children, Isabella, 14 and Conner, 11.
Now Cruise is pushing Nicole to get back into the fold and to bring her troubled new husband along with her.
Tom has suggested that Keith explore Scientology as a means to conquer his addictions, continued the friend.
That opened up a lot of old wounds from Tom and Nicole’s previous religious clases.
Tom, 44, also is worried about the children being around Keith until he can be sure Keith has conquered his demons, and he’s made that clear to Nicole…
Another close source confirms that Tom and Nicole’s long-standing friction over Scientology has resurfaced with a vengeance – especially since Tom has offered to help Keith get clean through the religion.
“Nicole feels she’s got everything under control and Keith is well on the way to a full recover,” said the source.
“The last thing she wanted to hear was a Scientology pitch from Tom – especially regarding Keith…”
[From The National Enquirer print edition, January 22, 2007]
They also claim that Tom’s new Stepford bride Katie Holmes backs him on the Scientology issue, and that Nicole probably feels like she’s being teamed up on.
The article quotes a cult expert who says that Nicole, who has left Scientology and is now a Catholic, risks losing her children entirely if she says one bad thing about the cult. It sounds like Tom is threatening to take away her children if she doesn’t play along. She seems to barely see them as it is.
Keith Urban has been released from rehab and was seen out at a Golden Globes after party with Nicole. He will start touring Europe in April, which is sure to test his newfound sobriety.
Here are Katie and Tom leaving a Golden Globes after party. Pictures from KatieHolmes.com.