We don’t normally engage in celebrity gossip here at State of Belief, but in recent days a story dominating headlines that appears to boil down to a disagreement on religion. The Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce reportedly hinges on the actress’ resistance to her 6-year-old daughter’s involvement in Scientology – the religion in which Cruise has deeply and publicly been involved. The 60-year-old religion is both famous, thanks to Cruise and other celebrity adherents, and profoundly secretive all at the same time. Samantha Domingo, who spent 20 years in the Church including several in a leadership position, spent a little bit of time this week speaking with Welton about her experience with the Church of Scientology and the possible ways Scientology influenced Holmes’ decision to end her marriage.

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