Lookout Xenu Followers!
Ta-da! I've just saved you hundreds of thousands of dollars and you have officially gained all the Scientology knowledge you need. However, the Scientologists have other secrets - some of them can be violent assholes, some of them blackmail celebrities and people in power and some of them might even be batshit crazy. Very few Scientologists escape (the life? the religion? the insanity?). Writer/Director Paul Haggis (Quantum of Solace, Million Dollar Baby, /The Next Three Days, Crash) is one of them; he left Scientology in 2009 after expressing his unhappiness over the group's support of Proposition 8 and its stance on homosexuality. Now he is set to write (along with New Yorker writer, Lawrence Wright) perhaps the biggest exposé of Scientology, with his agent calling it "the most profound reckoning to date." The Heretic of Hollywood: Paul Haggis vs.The Church of Scientology is also set to make public alleged violence and physical abuse by "church" leader David Miscavige and the conditions under which certain volunteer workers are forced to live.
Now don't get me wrong, I'd be thrilled to have this whackadoodie money-making "religion" get the full treatment so at the very least, it stops getting that tax break. At the same time, it's hard to take someone who got involved in this mess seriously - but I suppose even smart people can be hypnotized. I've always found it fascinating that anyone could be duped into what was clearly entirely made up by L. Ron Hubbard and maybe we'll get a true story of how that can happen. Meanwhile someone had better keep an eye on Paul Haggis.