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New article centered around filmmaker and "apostate" Paul Haggis reveals disturbing information on the Church of Scientology

02.08.2011

Filmmaker and Oscar-winner Paul Haggis (CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY) may not be the most well-known person associated with the infamous Church of Scientology, but his 2009 departure and the reasons behind it are about to be.

A month ago, it was being reported that Haggis had collaborated with New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright (the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11) on an exposé about the Church, with Haggis square in the middle divulging damning information centered around his 30+ years as a member. That exposé, littered with Haggis' and others' personal experiences, as well as author Wright's investigations, have now been published at The New Yorker in a piece called The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology.

You can read The New Yorker's very lengthy but fascinating article RIGHT HERE, which in its early parts discusses just how closely the Church has been involved within the world of Hollywood (not to mention some great "WTF?" accounts regarding John Travolta and Tom Cruise).

Also, check out the video below for a truncated version of the news via NBC's "Today" show. It features discussion on how the FBI is currently involved in investigating the Church for "human trafficking" as well as allegations of physical abuse.

Extra Tidbit: Seriously, it might take you an hour or so, but read that article. One day, someone is going to make a hell of a film on the subject. Hopefully...
Source: The New Yorker

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5:14AM on 02/09/2011

So not only did Haggis join, but it took him 30 YEARS to leave?

What a dipshit.
What a dipshit.
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5:59AM on 02/09/2011
You ought to stop being so judgmental, and read the article. You might learn something.
You ought to stop being so judgmental, and read the article. You might learn something.
3:59PM on 02/09/2011
And you should stop being so presumptuous. I did read the article. It was interesting and informative.

This guy belonged to a crazy ass cult for 30 years. He was in that world for as long as I've been on this earth. Just because he finally woke up, it doesn't mean he get's a get out of crazy jail card from me. He's a dipshit, and most likely insane on some level, and I was just pointing that fact out.
And you should stop being so presumptuous. I did read the article. It was interesting and informative.

This guy belonged to a crazy ass cult for 30 years. He was in that world for as long as I've been on this earth. Just because he finally woke up, it doesn't mean he get's a get out of crazy jail card from me. He's a dipshit, and most likely insane on some level, and I was just pointing that fact out.
5:21PM on 02/09/2011
My mistake; you read something interesting and informative, and that inspired you to make sweeping statement that shows you've got almost no insight into the imperfectness of people, and that anybody who has problems you don't also have should be trivialized as a dipshit. Like Curt Cobain and Ernest Hemingway were dipshits for offing themselves. Sorry for the misread.

Still, it must be humbling to know that someone you regard as a dipshit has produced scripts and films that will likely
My mistake; you read something interesting and informative, and that inspired you to make sweeping statement that shows you've got almost no insight into the imperfectness of people, and that anybody who has problems you don't also have should be trivialized as a dipshit. Like Curt Cobain and Ernest Hemingway were dipshits for offing themselves. Sorry for the misread.

Still, it must be humbling to know that someone you regard as a dipshit has produced scripts and films that will likely outstrip anything you'll ever do by light years.
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7:38PM on 02/08/2011

Bull

The New Yorker turned tabloid now, actually worse. They started spreading outright lies, something that can be often noted when observing anti-scientology rants. One example: The New Yorker press release and Lawrence Wright’s profile on Paul Haggis, "Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology," released Monday, reported on an alleged federal investigation. The New Yorker was well aware the Church knew nothing of the investigation but had refuted the same claims based on a case already thrown out
The New Yorker turned tabloid now, actually worse. They started spreading outright lies, something that can be often noted when observing anti-scientology rants. One example: The New Yorker press release and Lawrence Wright’s profile on Paul Haggis, "Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology," released Monday, reported on an alleged federal investigation. The New Yorker was well aware the Church knew nothing of the investigation but had refuted the same claims based on a case already thrown out by a Federal Court Judge. Nonetheless, The New Yorker irresponsibly used the same sources who were discredited in the dismissed case to claim an "investigation" so as to garner headlines for an otherwise stale article containing nothing but rehashed unfounded allegations.

Allan Lengel, a former Washington Post reporter who writes for AOL News on federal law enforcement matters, filed this late today in a breaking story on Wright’s allegations: "The author cites two sources in the FBI who ‘assured me that the case remains open.’ However, a federal law enforcement source told AOL News the investigation has fallen short and no criminal charges are expected to be filed." Click here for the article: [link]

Obviously, this contradicts what Wright wrote in The New Yorker. If you published Wright’s account, this contradiction should be made known to your viewers and/or readers.

The New Yorker article is just another thinly veiled tabloid piece repeating old and new rumors from people with an axe to grind with the Church of Scientology. The New Yorker author Lawrence Wright could not come up with a single line that has not been discarded as the work of fanatic anti-religionists a long time ago. This piece actually sheds a new light on him as a researcher and writer. How much does his obvious hate against religion taint his judgment? This piece has been written by someone with a deep-set hatred against religion and spirituality. Just like the Hollywood dude Haggis, who openly confesses that he makes a living putting his personal life traumata in movie scripts, Lawrence Wright lives his anti-religious hatred in writing one-track minded articles and books. The New Yorker, putting on tabloid colors for a moment, has allowed him to air his therapy sessions and that is their choice but one really has to ask: I don't really want to waste my time reading something like this.
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8:28PM on 02/08/2011
LOL... You have 1 post to your account. I don't know what's sadder; the idea that Scientologists have nothing better to do than reverse the persecution on movie sites, or that you actually did this at the behest of your superiors. With all due respect to Joblo's standards of conduct - get that garbage the fuck out of here.
LOL... You have 1 post to your account. I don't know what's sadder; the idea that Scientologists have nothing better to do than reverse the persecution on movie sites, or that you actually did this at the behest of your superiors. With all due respect to Joblo's standards of conduct - get that garbage the fuck out of here.
7:03PM on 02/08/2011
Good read, confirmed a lot of what had been seen and said in the Sweeney's 2007 BBC Documentary.
Good read, confirmed a lot of what had been seen and said in the Sweeney's 2007 BBC Documentary.
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4:09PM on 02/08/2011
Anyone remember the South Park episode about Scientology? Hilarious!
Anyone remember the South Park episode about Scientology? Hilarious!
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3:59PM on 02/08/2011
Isn't all religion a cult?
Isn't all religion a cult?
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4:21PM on 02/08/2011
Yes sir, also note how many thumbs down you get... I wonder who those people are. lol
Yes sir, also note how many thumbs down you get... I wonder who those people are. lol
5:02PM on 02/08/2011
Word.
Word.
7:04PM on 02/08/2011
Very true, in fact every religion in the world has started with "cult statis" then becomes a sect and then a religion. Faith is wacky.
Very true, in fact every religion in the world has started with "cult statis" then becomes a sect and then a religion. Faith is wacky.
7:08PM on 02/08/2011
Except for Islam apparently.
Except for Islam apparently.
8:09PM on 02/08/2011
As a wise man once said... "A man once assured me Christianity wasn't a cult. Later I found out he was a Christian."
As a wise man once said... "A man once assured me Christianity wasn't a cult. Later I found out he was a Christian."
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3:40PM on 02/08/2011
Very interesting article but very long. It blows my mind how some people can believe in this kind of bullshit. Scientology is not a religion, it's a cult. A dangerous one, and it actually is officially considered a cult in several european countries, including mine. But no, in the US they are considered a religion?? Ahh... only in the US... -_-
Very interesting article but very long. It blows my mind how some people can believe in this kind of bullshit. Scientology is not a religion, it's a cult. A dangerous one, and it actually is officially considered a cult in several european countries, including mine. But no, in the US they are considered a religion?? Ahh... only in the US... -_-
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8:31PM on 02/08/2011
Plenty of cults considered religions in their own countries. But thanks for the pigeonhole.
Plenty of cults considered religions in their own countries. But thanks for the pigeonhole.
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9:46AM on 02/08/2011
notice how carefully the second reporter chooses his words...you don't want a libel suit buddy!
notice how carefully the second reporter chooses his words...you don't want a libel suit buddy!
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8:24AM on 02/08/2011
John Sweeney's two BBC 'Panorama' investigations into scientology are all you really need to see on the subject to know that they're a bunch of nutters.
John Sweeney's two BBC 'Panorama' investigations into scientology are all you really need to see on the subject to know that they're a bunch of nutters.
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8:19AM on 02/08/2011

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Would have loved to seen PT Anderson's movie dealing with the subject with Hoffman and Renner starring.
Would have loved to seen PT Anderson's movie dealing with the subject with Hoffman and Renner starring.
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7:54AM on 02/08/2011
Interesting!
Interesting!
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7:01AM on 02/08/2011
ET: PT Anderson already tried to make this into a film. It fell apart. Too bad.

Also, to be fair, in the wise words of South Park, "The Simpsons already did it." The Joy of Sect episode is about as damning a satire of Scientology that you will ever find. Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Leader! Leader!
ET: PT Anderson already tried to make this into a film. It fell apart. Too bad.

Also, to be fair, in the wise words of South Park, "The Simpsons already did it." The Joy of Sect episode is about as damning a satire of Scientology that you will ever find. Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Leader! Leader!
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6:40AM on 02/08/2011

SCARY!

great article
but I don't think we'll EVER see a movie about it, not with a big studio anyway because most of the "powers that be" of those big studios are most probably sold to this "church"... So and independent studio maybe (if their still such a thing), or a foreign studio...
great article
but I don't think we'll EVER see a movie about it, not with a big studio anyway because most of the "powers that be" of those big studios are most probably sold to this "church"... So and independent studio maybe (if their still such a thing), or a foreign studio...
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