Is the Church of Scientology giving Tom Cruise special treatment? Some say yesÂ—otherwise he wouldn't be permitted to spend time with his and Katie Holmes' daughter Suri. Sources close to Tom say he may even be questioning his faith amidst these special favors.
According to a report from RadarOnline, some have wondered in recent weeks why Tom hasn't seen his 6-year-old daughter Suri. Maybe he's not supposed to see her at all?
"They have already bent the rules for Tom," the former president of the celebrity center, Nancy Many says. "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."
What kind of 'church' prohibits a father from spending time with his own daughter? Practically every religion known to man encourages family connections.
"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?" Many ask.
Katie Holmes apparently made a very direct symbol of rejecting the Church of Scientology when she joined a Catholic Church immediately following her split from Tom. That makes her a traitor in the eyes of the organization.
"When every other person that I have known of leaves Scientology, which Katie did without speaking of it directly, they are instantly shunned," Many says. "By rejoining a Catholic Church right afterwards, she made a very public statement of rejection."
It seems that this 'shunning' takes on a very childish aspect as well. Members instantly 'unfriend' Facebook friends. They stop allowing their children to get together for play dates. They basically pretend the person with whom they once held a meaningful relationship no longer exists.
Even in the Amish world, where shunning happens now in the 21st century, the person forsakes the Amish religion for the 'English' world, and can no longer partake of church blessings with his or her family. That doesn't mean a complete severing of ties, however. In many Amish communities, it means when the shunned person visits family and friends within their former church community, they simply sit at a different table when a meal is servedÂ—if the parents are amenable. It's often set up within two or three inches from the main dining table, merely symbolic of the shunning.
Is the Church of Scientology frowning upon Tom Cruise spending time with Suri? Will the actor be forced to choose between his 'religion' and his own child?
Sources say Tom is presently weighing the damage the organization did to his past relationships. Might he consider defecting in order to be a hands-on dad to Suri? It certainly would boost his public image in the eyes of non-Scientologists, don't you think?
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