February 20, 2011

Haggis vs. Scientology

Over the weekend I finally read Lawrence Wright's epic, 25,000-word New Yorker piece about Paul Haggis and his breaking with the Church of Scientology. First of all, great piece, even if it was lawyered to hell by allowing the Scientologists to deny most of the facts in it, paragraph by paragraph. Also, while I'm more on Haggis' side- and I tried not to let my intense dislike of his work to cloud my judgment of the piece- he doesn't come across especially great either. He sounds like kind of a jerk, actually- and after 25 years in the church, he didn't notice something was up until one employee of the San Diego office signed a pro-Prop 8 petition? Huh?

That musical chairs story was really something though.

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 20, 2011 09:15 PM

The problem with Haggis is, even though he was right to get out of the cult, what is clear from the article, is that the reason that he could never get out for 35 years was, well, he's NUTS. You have to be nuts in order to stay in that cult for so long, or at least be born into it. I dated a Scientologist once, I have stories.

Posted by: Jordan at February 21, 2011 02:46 AM

Does this fall under the category of "feud where both parties suckity suckity suck?"

Posted by: LilB at February 21, 2011 05:38 PM
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