by Renee Israel
There is no doubt that the Scientology has always been a controversial
religion, and now following the recent news of the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
split, UK bookies have started to post Scientology betting specials.
While Holmes hasn't confirmed it categorically, many people are speculating
that one of the reasons for the couple's split is because she is intimidated by
the strict demands and indoctrination of Scientology. Another may be that Cruise
is demanding that the couple's daughter Suri be schooled according to the
As such, leading Irish land and online bookmaker, Paddy Power has posted a
series of Scientology odds on the next celebrity member of the religion to leave
the Church of Scientology, in its novelty betting section.
UK bookmakers are also following this saga with much interest, and too are
offering betting markets on the Church of Scientology, with UK bookies
Scientology specials among the most popular lines around.
Who Will Leave Scientology Next?
As speculation grows that Katie wants out of the Church for good, we are
taking bets on the next celebrity to announce their departure from the
controversial "religion" set up by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard," notes Paddy
Power sports betting site.
The favourite celebrity tipped to leave the Church next is Peaches Geldof at
5/1, followed by Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss (7/1) and Lisa Marie Presley,
daughter of the King of Rock and Roll, at 8/1.
Other Scientology celebs who appear on the list include Beck Hansen (12/1),
Jason Lee (25/1), Linda Blair (25/1), Kirstie Alley (40/1) and John Travolta and
his wife, Kelly Preston with odds of 80/1. Unsurprisingly, Tom Cruise is a long
shot at 100/1 that he'll be the next celebrity to officially leave the Church of
Tom Cruise Marriage Odds
A market which has been offered since the very day that the news above the
Holmes-Cruise split was announced is related to Tom Cruise's next marriage. Here
are the latest Tom Cruise marriage odds at Paddy Power:
2012 or 2013 - 5/1
2014, 2015 or 2016 - 7/4
2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020 - 11/8
After 2020 - 3/1
History of Scientology
Founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1952, the church essentially preaches that all
people are immortal beings who have gotten lost along the way and their mission
in life is to remember their true nature.
While the church has been described as a cult and has received a lot of
negative publicity over the past decades, this has been offset by the
endorsement of the church by a number of top celebrities, including Tom Cruise,
John Travolta and Cheers star Kirstie Alley.