Scientology Is Weird

October 10th, 2005 // 23 Comments

For real.

While Hollywood awaits a due date for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ baby, one thing is already a known fact — when the baby does arrive, Scientology will play a major role.
Tom and Katie are likely to follow the church’s “silent birth” guidelines during delivery, which means no music and no talking during the birth, which also means no screaming during the pains of labor.
The doctrine also states that newborns cannot be poked or prodded for medical tests or even spoken to for the first seven days of their lives, believing that babies go through so much pain during the birth, they shouldn’t have to experience any further discomfort or sensory experience that could return later in life to haunt them.

[MSNBC]

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  1. Kat

    And now Katie has fired her publicist after nine years and hired Tom Cruise’s sister. I think she was lobotomized. It’s the only plausible explanation.

  2. MozyMozart

    It’s a shame to think that the child cannot be handled as they should for 7 days! Someone should seek the research of the “babies” that were born as such and see how they have adjusted to regular life! What a crock!

  3. uwishuwereme

    What a bunch of bull..so if the baby is (god forbid) not breathing..they are just gonna let it die? Assholes with money, oops, I mean celebs..what will they think of next?

  4. Cheesy

    Not spoken to for 7 days?

    Well, now it all makes sense–no wonder the Scientologists are freaks! No one bonds with them!

    Oh, and the Scientologists are enlightened, then their babies will not get all the tests done to make sure the babies get properly checked out by pediatricians?

    Freedom of religion is fine, for consenting adult freaks. But to deprive kids of necessary cooing and talking to is just freakish. But given this kid’s parents-to-be, he/she might be better off if they never speak to it.

  5. Cynthia

    Can this freaky crap get any weirder?

  6. veggie girl

    I think that hearing it’s mother’s voice would be soothing and comforting to a baby, not traumatic, after all, it heard it quite a lot while in the comfy confines of the womb. Where did these people come up with these arbitrary rules?

  7. nunya

    Tom Cruise is a tool

  8. Gigi

    So that explains what is haunting Tom! His mother must have lullibied him with “somewhere over the rainbow” during his first week of life!
    What a bunch of idiots!

  9. boh

    oh . my. god. surely that is a description of neglect. Or just cooked up to traumatize both mother and baby as much as possible. Not screaming during childbirth (like to see YOU try matey man!), no verbal communication with your newborn child – both go against every natural human instinct. totally fucked-up.

  10. Chris

    That’s right…against natural human instinct. But right in line with unnatural alien instinct! Don’t they proclaim to be decendants of aliens??

  11. spitfire

    The BABIES go through pain being born?! Are you kidding me?! I’ve had 2 of them and both of the little buggers slept right through it! Me on the other hand….

  12. boh

    yes indeed chris! In a nutshell, Scientology teaches that all humans descended from a race of uncreated, omnipotent gods called Thetans, who gave up their powers to enter the Material-Energy-Space-Time (MEST) world of Earth. NOW GIVE ME THE F***ing EPIDURAL………. >.<

  13. Cynthia

    I couldn’t make this stuff up! Who the hell could possibly believe this crap? Descended from alien Gods?!? WTF?!?

  14. lola

    What aboout the pain we as mothers go through to birth these babies? When do we get our seven days of silence?

  15. mercia

    Poor Katie, LOVE is blind…well I hope the poor girl don’t get depress after giving birth.
    I have a 2 month old baby girl and she came out with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck 2 times and wrapped around her body locking off one arm and to top it all off the cord had a true knot and my baby was very blue now I would never wished this on anyone but I do hope poor Katie is reading a lot and preparing herself for the worst, because I would have love to see TOM CRUISE go thru childbirth and not want to speak to his precious little offspring for 7 days. I cannot believe people actually follow that rule.
    Whatever Nicole Kidman did to him SHE WAS RIGHT. Go NICOLE!

  16. Mike

    hmmmm…no tests so it won’t be haunted by pain later in life? Sounds like PSYCHOLOGY to me Tom, WTF?

    Agree that Tom Cruise is the biggest tool in the Universe right now. Toolio…

  17. Momontop

    I have never posted to one of these sites before (but love to read all of your snarky/witty comments!) but I am moved to share my opinion on this “no talking to the baby for seven days” b.s. It is completely UNNATURAL to avoid talking, cooing, singing, or even crying when holding your baby. Especially your first baby. It’s an amazing thing and they need to hear your voice! That sing-songy voice moms (and dads) use to talk to their babies is shown to help them develop and thrive, even very early on!

    What happens if she has a c-section or – god-forbid – has a preemie that needs medical attention? It’s not “natural” but c-sections are sometimes medically necessary to prevent death in both mom and baby. And preemies need all kinds of medical intervention right after birth. I wonder what Tom’s choice would be then??

    I used to really like Tom Cruise (Risky Business, Rainman) but now I’m actually a little afraid of him.

  18. josh

    I’m sure nobody is reding this anymore, but the reason scientology has adopted this practice is that it emphasizes the destruction of the family bond, or rather it emphasizes the role of the curch over that of the family. Incidentally, Beck (the musician, obviously) was raised as a second generation scientologist and went throught the no talking process.

  19. frannygirl

    This is crazy. I’d like to see the man who made up that rule push a watermelon out his ass and see if he screams or not!!!

  20. Tami

    OMG…….Is really all I can say. Babies need to bond…..OMG again…………..Let us all pray for that poor baby. All babies born to scientologist…….Crazy Loons…….As a matter of fact let us pray for all babies born in this very trying time in history.

  21. bo

    This silent birth idea is gruesome and sadistic. I am so sorry for Katie as a young woman who is mesmerized by her idol. Everyone loses in such a stupid arrangement – what about the grandparents and other family? How could you possibly hold a newborn baby and not speak to this precious child? Poor Katie has no idea what labor and delivery is like, like any 1st time mom. Tom or any husband or dad could never put his wife thru such an unnecessary ordeal and still say they love that person. I am quite certain that Tom Cruise only loves Tom Cruise and I still doubt this is actually his child at all.

  22. Crystal_eyes

    its natural instinct to moan, cry and(oh my goodness) even scream when going through childbirth. its your bodies way of relieving pain. even the most automatic sounds to come out tell your body to release chemicals that help you relax. you are suppose to be able to concentrate on giving birth not the pain. I would have kicked the first person to tell me to be quiet square in the face. we make lots of noise because we were made to make it.

  23. Lazarus

    Katie Holmes must really be zombiefied by Tom “I just wanna slap that stupid face” Cruise to consider putting herself through such an absurd, dangerous, and completely UN-natural ordeal. Silent Birth??? This must truly be the latest oxymoron (operative syllable being MORON) in the American vernacular. Better hope to Jah our sweet Katie doesn’t suffer from Post-Partum Depression, eh Tommy boy? Best of luck you f*cking a*shole! And Katie… Get thee to a nunnery!

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