The Cartoonist Studio Editorial Cartoon Contest continues and I made it to week FIVE! Thanks to all for voting. Click the image above or here to go to the voting. You should do a search of “Bearman” and my cartoon will come up front and center and then vote. Some people were clicking the link and then accidentally voting on the first thing that popped up. Unfortunately no way to direct link to my cartoon. Again, as long as I stay in the contest, there will be two editorial cartoons a week to vote on – Mondays and Thursdays. Oh and you can vote multiple times in each round if you want (resets every six hours) until EOD Tuesday.
Today’s editorial cartoon marks a sad week in celebrity news. The breakup of the marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. No one saw it coming several years ago when Tom Cruise jumped Oprah’s couch. It spawned a new Urban Dictionary phrase: “jump the couch” now means the “defining moment when someone has gone off the deep end.”
On the surface it seemed like a fairly strong marriage (for Hollywood standards), though it appears on the surface that Katie didn’t fully embrace the Scientology lifestyle that Tom is fully into. Not surprising as couples tend to divorce many times because of issues related to money or religion. Suri is of the age where she could be sent to Scientology schools. Katie may have rejected that and thus why she is seeking sole custody so she can choose what kind of school Suri is exposed to. One former Scientologist explained it to the Hollywood Reporter as “”By filing for sole custody of Suri, she’s making it very clear she’s not going to let what happened with Nicole Kidman happen to her.”
I personally don’t know enough about Scientology to say whether or not it should actually be considered a religion. Though several countries will not offer religious status including tax non profit status. My feeling is whatever your religious (or non religious) beliefs are, are really none of my business for the most part. Though I have two things I don’t understand about Scientology.
1. Why aren’t the teachings open? I could study Judaism, Christianity, Islam, or Atheism all from published bibles/books. Yet beyond some Dianetics books, the “church” only reveals more details about it’s beliefs the more you move up to higher levels of belief….however,
2. It ain’t cheap. In order to move to higher levels you have to have money. So you can’t be a poor Scientologist. Sure other religions want you to donate or tithe but honestly you don’t have to in order to fully understand the teachings.
What do you think?