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HBO Is Turning Lawrence Wright’s Epic Scientology Exposé Into A Documentary And I Am Here For It

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HBO Is Turning Lawrence Wright's Epic Scientology Exposé Into A Documentary And I Am Here For It

Welp, I think it’s safe to say that executives at HBO have been added to the Church of Scientology’s lengthy suppressive persons list, as the cable network is poised to turn Going Clear into a documentary. Due out in 2015, the documentary will be directed by Alex Gibney and be based on Lawrence Wright’s impeccably researched book about the cult (yeah, I’m just calling it a cult from now on, because I’m done playing nice) and its ties to Hollywood. But given CoS’s well-known litigiousness, HBO isn’t taking any chances and has apparently hired a whopping 160 lawyers in anticipation of a lawsuit. Hey, as far as I’m concerned, if CoS is mad at you, you must be doing something right. Bring on the epic entheta! I wonder if “Elaine” will be seeing it? [Defamer]

Why Aren’t Victims Of Cults Treated With More Seriousness And Respect?

The Problem With Refinery 29's Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

Yesterday, I wrote a response to a Refinery 29 profile of an anonymous Scientologist named “Elaine” which I believe glossed over very serious allegations of abuse within the Church and ultimately served as a piece of PR masquerading as “journalism.” I took issue with a number of aspects of writer Kelsey Miller’s reporting on this story, which she said occurred over the entire summer, namely that she went to the Church directly and requested that they select an “average, regular member” for her to interview and then granted that person anonymity. (For what it’s worth, Tony Ortega at the blog the Underground Bunker has a pretty solid theory on who the real “Elaine” is and she’s hardly your “average regular member.”)

There aren’t just “rumors” about the Church of Scientology being horrible; there is more than enough evidence to support that claim, the most damning being the detailed, corroborated testimonials of actual members. These are the alleged victims of the Church of Scientology. There are many. I believe them just as I am inclined to believe all victims who come forward about abuse. I take what they say seriously. And what bothers me the most about this whole kerfuffle is that it’s clear in their approach to this profile and their response since that Refinery 29 really doesn’t take them as seriously as they should. But I don’t think they’re necessarily alone in their dismissiveness towards victims of cults. Keep reading »

The Problem With Refinery 29′s Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

The Problem With Refinery 29's Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

The lifestyle website Refinery 29 is in a bit of hot water after writer Kelsey Miller published a profile of a young, female Scientologist called “Elaine” (not her real name) that, frankly, could have been ripped from the pages of Freedom magazine. (Freedom is the Church of Scientology’s propaganda magazine.) Former Scientologists — including a number of ex members who have been excommunicated from the Church — descended upon the post’s comments section accusing Miller of essentially penning an endorsement for the controversial faith, while others implied that Miller might be a Scientologist herself. Miller defended herself in the comments, writing, “I’d only heard the story from an outsider’s perspective, and I was curious about what an average, active member might have to say. The piece was meant to present — not endorse — her opinions and experience to the reader.” While I believe Miller’s intentions were good (and I don’t believe she’s a member herself), I’d like to join those ex members in calling bullshit on her methods. Her “profile” of “Elaine” reads very much like straight up propaganda, not journalism. Keep reading »

Scientology “Minders” Followed John Travolta Every Day For TWO YEARS After His Son’s Death

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John Travolta's 16-year-old son Jett died following a seizure. Read More »
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  • Scientology “minders” followed John Travolta every single day for TWO YEARS when his faith in the pseudo-religion “wobbled” after his teenage son’s death in 2009. Jett Travolta, who had autism, died suddenly on a vacation in the Bahamas after suffering a seizure. Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, didn’t publicly acknowledge Jett’s autism until after his death. “I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had the support of Scientology. I don’t think I could have got through it,” he told the UK’s Telegraph. “They were with me every day after Jett died. They even travelled with me when I needed to get away. And for a solid two years it was like that. It was only in the second year that I started to take a break of a day or two just to see how I was doing on my own.” Er, um, okay. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

Tom Cruise Confirms Katie Holmes Left Him To Protect Suri From Scientology

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  • Awhile ago, Tom Cruise sued the publishers of In Touch magazine over their claims that he “abandoned” his daughter, Suri, after his divorce from Katie Holmes. In a deposition taken this September that has just been made public, Cruise was asked numerous questions about Scientology and Katie’s fears about the “religion.” After repeatedly stating that he found the questions “offensive,” he insisted, “There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.” When asked directly about whether Katie left him because she wanted to protect Suri from Scientology, Cruise said, “Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes.” Suri is also currently not practicing Scientology, he confirmed, but he refused to answer whether Katie is a “suppressive person.” Interesting. [Radar Online]

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Jaden Smith Encourages You And Yours To Drop Out Of School

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“School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth,” claimed Jaden Smith, 15-year-old child actor and Scientolo-spawn, during an unsubstantiated Twitter semi-tirade over the weekend. The irony! Unfortunately, Jaden failed to clarify whether or not the late New Village Leadership Academy, founded by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on the basis of a curriculum developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, fell under this umbrella of baseless general opinion. The school shuttered earlier this year, reportedly due to fallout once parents discovered that they were paying $23,000 a year for their spoiled Hollywood kids to be, well, brainwashed. Perhaps Leah Remini could clear this one up for us? A more comprehensive take on Jaden’s wi$dom… Keep reading »

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