Rock Center with Brian Williams: The Church of Scientology in Tom Cruise’s Latest Divorce with Katie Holmes
Rock Center with Brian Williams takes on multiple stories on tonight’s show. Nerdles covers the story about Tom Cruise’s and Katie Holmes’ recent divorce, and more specifically, about Katie Holmes separation from the Church of Scientology. Ultimately, it looks like it ain’t going to be easy for Katie to just up and leave Scientology just like that. Find out more below as Nerdles’ recaps this segment of the show LIVE.
The Church of Scientology has been in touch with Brian Williams the past few days (and even the past few hours) to dissuade him and NBC from airing this episode. Now, Kate Snow interviews members of the Church of Scientology who have themselves left the church. First, she interviews a man named Marty Rathbun [sic] who talks about the Church’s practices.
Marty reveals a few of the Church’s more questionanle dealings. For example, a “blow” is an unauthorized departure from the Church. Marty, along with many other private investigators, were tasked to go out and “hunt” these people to get them back into the Church. They’d even go as far as contacting a person’s family, and checking their personal records to “persuade” them to come back into the Church.
When Marty left the Church himself, a pro-Scientology group called the “Squirrel Busters” stalked him for 199 days. They wore shirts with Marty’s face on it, filmed him, and basically harassed him. In fact, they wanted to push Marty far enough to the edge so he’d attack one of them so they could discredit Marty himself. Burt Leyhey [sic], one of the photographers hired by the Squirrel Busters, quit after two days of filming the harassment they put on Marty.
Tom Cruise is the Church of Scientology’s most public member. It’s reported that Cruise would come in for “auditing” (a kind of spiritual auditing which involves the use of a machine that measures one’s emotions) with Marty himself at the Scientology’s Celebrity Center. Connor and Bella, Cruise’s children, were even indoctrinated by Church members during Cruise’s auditing. In fact, Marty shares that the children were even turned against their own mother when Cruise was dating Nicole Kidman.
Mike Rinder, another man who left the Church in 2007, was also abandoned by his own family – his wife, his son, his daughter, nieces, nephews, and all his in-laws – after years of being unhappy as a member of the Church. In turn, the Church charges that Mr. Rinder was violent and oppressive. The Church charges that Mike and Marty are excommunicated self-promoters who are still performing Scientology practices and services for personal finanacial gain. Kate Rose asks a good question to Mike who had been interviewd before defending the Church: “If you were lying then, how do we know you’re not lying now?” Mr. Rinder says that we don’t know; we just “have to look at [him] and decide.”
With Tom Cruise’s and Katie Holmes’ marriage now ending in divorce, how will the Church of Scientology take Katie’s departure from their fold? Only time will tell, and I’m sure Brian Williams, Kate Snow, and the rest of the Rock Center team will be there for that news update. Until then, let’s have a healthy discussion by telling us what you think, and sound off in the comments below.
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