Katie Leaves Tom: The Bigger Story

Katie Leaves Tom:  The Bigger Story

July 12, 2012


Now that we all have our electricity back, the biggest story of the week is the recent speedy divorce of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.  Katie Holmes, “Mrs. Tom Cruise,” filed for divorce while her husband was filming a movie inIceland.  Witnesses indicate that Tom, previously married to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, was completely flabbergasted when he was served with the papers.  It was about the last thing he expected.  Once Katie filed, the divorce was finalized in less than ten days, a record for a high profileHollywoodsplit.  Katie and Tom, it seemed, had an iron clad pre-nuptial agreement in which Katie, in case of divorce, would receive a lump sum settlement of $3 million a year for each year she and Tom were married.  Married to Cruise for five years, Katie walked away with $15 million.  While that seems like a lot of money, I think she earned every cent of it while married to Mr. Cruise.

Why do I say that?  It seems that the major issue between the two of them was the Church of Scientology, a so-called religion that Tom fervently embraces.  He has progressed up the ladder of the Church and is an elite member of highest status. The last straw for Katie occurred when Tom’s Scientology handlers, who constantly accompanied him, Katie, and their six year old daughter Suri, prevented her from disciplining her daughter.  As reported on “Inside Edition,” (As you can see, I did some serious research for this sermon), the handlers said they would tell Tom about the attempted discipline.  Katie had to orchestrate the divorce in secret lest it become known to Tom’s handlers and hence to Tom.  She was very concerned that they would take her daughter from her. 

Katie wanted sole custody of Suri, but that was not possible since Tom seems to be a loving father.  The settlement stipulates that he may be alone with Suri but may not ever discuss Scientology with her nor take her to any Church activities.  For a true believer like Tom, this is an egregious affront.  He must be extremely hurt that he is not able to share his beliefs with his daughter.

The first thing Katie did after the divorce was to become a member of the local Catholic Church inNew York City.  She was born and raised a Catholic, a religion she was forced to abandon when she married Tom.  Suri, it seems, will be a regular church attendee along with her mother.  Tom must have experienced as a stinging rebuke.  So, the question for us tonight is “Why is Scientology so objectionable to Katie Holmes?”  Please allow me in the next ten minutes to give you brief introduction to this controversial and convoluted American invented religion.

The founder of Scientology was Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, better known as L. Ron Hubbard or just LRH.  Born in Nebraskain 1911, he grew up in Montanaand Guam, where his father, a US Naval Officer, was stationed.  L Ron returned to the United Statesfor college but dropped out to become a mediocre pulp science fiction writer.  He served as an officer in the Navy during the War but was twice removed from command for incompetence.  In 1950, he developed a self-help system called Dianetics, from the Greek “Dia” meaning “through” and “nous” meaning “mind.”  Hubbard postulates that the mind has three parts, the conscious analytical mind, the sub-conscious reactive mind, and the somatic mind.  “The goal of Dianetics was to remove the “reactive mind”, which Scientologists believe prevents people from becoming more ethical, more aware, happier and saner. The Dianetics procedure to achieve this is called “auditing.” Auditing is a process whereby a series of questions are asked by the Scientology auditor, in an attempt to rid the auditee of the painful experiences of the past which scientologists believe to be the cause of the “reactive mind”.[1]  Hubbard claimed that there were not only emotional, but physical benefits to Dianetics and said its practice could cure many ailments. The State of New Jersey Office of Medical Examiners sued The Dianetics Foundation for practicing medicine without a license.  This action, as well as several others against the Foundation, bankrupted it.  This caused Hubbard to claim that psychiatry and psychology are the enemies of humanity. Nevertheless, the principles of Dianetics became an intrinsic part of Scientology which Hubbard founded in 1953 inCamden,New Jersey.

Scientology is both a church, with an organized hierarchy and officers, and a pseudo-theology.  The organization has been mired in controversy.  The IRS denied it tax exempt status for twenty five years until the Church won a law suit.  In 1979, several Scientology members were convicted in the largest case ever of stealing US government documents in Operation Snow White.  There have been cases against members of the Church in almost every country in which it exists, for fraud, kidnapping, extortion, and other crimes.  The Church claims it has eight to fifteen million members world wide, but most critics claim this to be a wild exaggeration, the number actually being one-tenth of that.  After Hubbard died in 1987, his protégé, David Miscavige, became the Chairman and effective leader of the Church.

“Scientology teaches that people are immortal spiritual beings who have forgotten their true nature. The story of Xenu is part of Scientologist teachings about extraterrestrial civilizations and alien interventions in Earthly events, collectively described as space opera by Hubbard. Hubbard incorporated auditing in Scientology as a method of spiritual rehabilitation. Practitioners aim to re-experience consciously painful or traumatic events in their past in order to free themselves of their limiting effects. Study materials and auditing courses are made available to members in return for specified donations. One of the major tenets of Scientology is that a human is an immortal alien spiritual being, termed a thetan that is presently trapped on planet Earth in a physical “meat body.” Hubbard described these thetans in “The Space Opera” cosmogony. The thetan has had innumerable past lives and it is accepted in Scientology that lives preceding the thetans arrival on Earth lived in extraterrestrial cultures. Descriptions of space opera incidents are seen as true events by Scientologists. Practitioners believe that they have been reincarnated thousands of times, with some claiming they can remember other existences millions of years ago in alien civilizations in galaxies far away. Scientology claims that its practices provide methods by which a person can achieve greater spiritual awareness and unlock hidden abilities.  Within Scientology, progression from level to level is often called The Bridge to Total Freedom. Scientologists progress from “Preclear”, to “Clear“, and ultimately “Operating Thetan“. The Church defines “Operating Thetan” as “knowing and willing cause over lifethought, and matter, energyspace and time (MEST). Tom Cruise is an Operating Thetan.  Adherents claim that OTs have extraordinary abilities denied to ordinary humans.  Even beyond the Operating Thetan levels comes the “Cleared Theta Clear”, a godlike state which Hubbard describes this way: “A thetan who is completely rehabilitated and can do everything a thetan should do, such as move MEST and control others from a distance, or create his own universe; a person who is able to create his own universe or, living in the MEST universe is able to create illusions perceivable by others at will, to handle MEST universe objects without mechanical means and to have and feel no need of bodies or even the MEST universe to keep himself and his friends interested in existence”[2] 

So, can Tom Cruise move objects with his mind and have an existence separate from his body?  No wonder Katie Holmes does not want her daughter to have anything to do with Scientology.  As I said earlier, she earned every cent of her $15 million.  Let us remember something that L Ron Hubbard forgot- that science fiction is fiction, not real science.

Shabbat shalom


[1] Wikipedia on Dianetics

[2] Wikipedia on Thetans

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