You may not have been paying attention to celebrity news while at work on Friday afternoon. You might have gone home, kicked off the shoes, opened up a cold one and turned on ESPN, catching Scott Van Pelt (filling in for Tony Kornheiser) and Michael Wilbon on “Pardon the Interruption.”
At the end of the show, this happened:
Michael Wilbon: “Happy trails to TomKat.”
Scott Van Pelt: “No.”
Wilbon: “Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes…”
Van Pelt: “NOOOO!”
Wilbon: “…they’re no longer pretending to be married, Scott!”
Van Pelt: “Son-of-a!”
Wilbon: “People magazine was the first to report Suri’s parents are breaking up. If we were to connect the generational dot between Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Holmes, Cruise is due to marry a 22-year-old hottie — I nominate Kristen Stewart.”
Van Pelt: “KRISTEN, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! RUN!”
Indeed. And word on the street is that it was Cruise’s Scientology beliefs that pushed the relationship to the point to where Holmes was more comfortable walking away than working things out. According to an insider source speaking to E! Online, “She was never truly comfortable with the Scientology thing. It was something she accepted and put up with for many years because it was important to Tom, and for that reason, important to her. But over the past year, they had started to see things differently, and she was beginning to pull away.”
Slate‘s “XX Factor” suggests there might be something to the rumors that, “this one-time good little Catholic girl” was finally pushed to the edge by Cruise acting like, “a creepy control freak bent on spreading his creepy religion.”
With all due respect (maybe? maybe not?), Scientology’s pretty creepy. Wikipedia’s officially banned the church from editing posts on the site in 2009 as a result of, “repeated and deceptive editing of articles related to the controversial religion.” When the foundation of your belief system reads like a bad sci-fi novel, you might want to keep some of the weirder aspects on the down-low.
According to our friends at Wikipedia, “Xenu, also spelled Xemu, was, according to the founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard, the dictator of the ‘Galactic Confederacy’ who, 75 million years ago, brought billions of his people to Earth in a DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and killed them using hydrogen bombs. Official Scientology scriptures hold that the essences of these many people remained, and that they form around people in modern times, causing them spiritual harm.”
Probably Holmes was just humoring her now-estranged husband in the same way spouses do the world over. Let’s say you believe in Bigfoot, but think ghosts are hooey. Your significant other puts stock in spooks and spirits but doesn’t get down with Sasquatch. No use making a federal case out of it, right?
So it might not come as a surprise that when Holmes went looking for a preschool for Suri three years ago, she put her daughter in a Boston-area Catholic school.
Religion requires you to take leaps of faith, to make sense of what seem like extraordinary events. But it’s safe to say there’s a gulf of difference between the major world religions and poorly-conceived science fiction hackery.
by J.L. Mann Cromer, Jr., who served as the only true independent member of the South Carolina General Assembly from 1990-1998. Currently, he is a general practice attorney in Columbia, S.C., concentrating in probate and estate planning, criminal defense and personal injury law.