Tom Cruise has admitted that Katie Holmes filed for divorce in part because of his involvement in the controversial Church of Scientology.
During his deposition, first obtained by RadarOnline, for his $50 million defamation case against Bauer media (whose magazines claimed he abandoned his daughter Suri Cruise), the 51-year-old actor first exploded with anger when asked if Holmes left him “in part to protect Suri from Scientology.”
Cruise first responded that he found the question “offensive,” saying, "there is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.” But when lawyers pushed the question again, asking if his ex-wife ever indicated that she left because of the religion or because she wanted to protect their daughter from Scientology, Cruise responded:
"Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes."
Even though it’s Tom Cruise saying it, it still blows me away anyone would consider Scientology a religion. Because it’s just so, so obvious what it actually is. At least every other religion has a more convincing mystical element to its scam.
By the way, you’ll be relieved to know:
The Pakistani Taliban chose the ruthless commander who planned the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai as the militant group’s new leader Thursday, and it ruled out holding peace talks with the government.
Islamist cowards promote attempted murderer of teenage girl.
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The couple buys a marriage license, a recognized officiant signs it and it’s refiled with the local government. That’s a legal marriage, and in 14 states — with Illinois just the governor’s signature away from becoming the 15th — that’s a process open to both straight and gay couples.
Getting the church on board is a little more complicated. The issue of whether clergy should officiate same-sex marriages is dividing an increasing number of denominations.
Now, a retired Nashville bishop has become the latest to draw headlines on the issue — reversing course from a path that, four decades ago, had him playing a key role in sending the church down a path of resistance to change.
Despite warnings from his denomination that he’d be violating the faith’s Book of Discipline, Bishop Melvin Talbert traveled from Nashville to near Birmingham, Ala., to perform the Oct. 26 wedding of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince. They were legally married Sept. 3 in Washington, D.C., but wanted a church wedding. Openshaw said he specifically wanted Talbert to officiate since the bishop had spent years supporting Methodist gays and lesbians.
That wasn’t Talbert’s stance 40 years ago at the 1972 Methodist general conference, which adopted language saying homosexuality is incompatible with Christianity. His views changed several years later, when he was invited to a weekend seminar of gay and straight Methodists; participants could not reveal which they were until the end.
So, the Bishop’s views adapted to better fit the times. It’s almost as if he could have reached a moral conclusion even earlier if something hadn’t been standing in his way. What could have possible been preventing him from arriving at the conclusion that homosexuals are people deserving of humane respect like anyone else? Clearly, his morality shone through in the long run, but something purporting to be guiding his morality (when in fact it was blocking it) was holding him back. Can you solve this mystery?
Doug Phillips of Vision Forum and Vision Forum Ministries resigned last week over an extramarital affair. There has been serious sin in my life for which God has graciously brought me to repentance…
Before she became a successful actress, Michelle Pfeiffer was a young Hollywood hopeful who got involved with a cult of breatharians when she was first starting out.
A breatharian is an individual who believes it’s possible, through meditation, to reach a level of consciousness where one can obtain all sustenance from air or sunlight, according to the Oxford Dictionaries.
“They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism,” Pfeiffer told the magazine. “They were very controlling. I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining. They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian.”
She was “repeatedly awakened by the Holy Spirit” and commanded to deliver this message.
I gotta think that if she was “repeatedly awakened” and ordered to put herself at such a risk to deliver such a zany message by a unicorn, some part of her would have thought, ‘uh oh, I should really see someone about this.’
But since her delusions were related to a belief that’s “rude” to question, mock or dismiss, it was that much easier for her to accept it was real. It also didn’t hurt that Christianity is replete with tales of angels and spirits talking directly to a single individual and commanding that individual deliver some message for them.
This woman believed in the Holy Spirit speaking directly to her and now her life is ruined. Harm of religion.