Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning director of Crash and more recently The Next Three Days has decided to put his grievances with The Church Of Scientology into writing as he’s due to write a book with New Yorker writer/author Lawrence Wright entitled “The Heretic of Hollywood: Paul Haggis vs. The Church of Scientology”.
Haggis has been a member for 35 years but left in 2009 after expressing misgivings about the current leader David Miscavige and angrily rejecting the group’s support of Proposition 8, the controversial Californian law which saw gay marriage ruled as unlawful.
Haggis first expressed his dissatisfaction with the church in a lengthy letter which was leaked to the press in 2009 and many predicted that this would only be the tip of the iceberg. No doubt Scientologists are prepared for a further backlash but Haggis is not a mere low-level grunt – as a major player in the Hollywood scene and a long-standing member, he’ll have many a story to tell.
Gawker have done a sterling job in tracking down the book’s proposal which reads as follows:
“The roots of Scientology are explored in this book, particularly the life of its eccentric founder, L Ron Hubbard, whose flashes of brilliance and insanity are woven into the fabric of this elaborate belief system. Through Haggis’s eyes, we discover the appeal of Scientology, especially to talented and ambitious members of the entertainment industry. Haggis conducted a personal investigation of the church, in which he was told about the wanton physical abuse on the part of its current leader, David Miscavige, of senior members of the organization. He was told that young volunteers in the Scientology clergy, called the Sea Org, are subjected to conditions approaching slavery or imprisonment, and that many female members have been forced to have abortions.”
There’s no release date for the book yet but it’s likely to be this year. The Church Of Scientology usually react to criticism faster than that fraudulent harridan Gillian McKeith so expect them to attempt to strike down Haggis with great vengeance and furious anger. I’ll get the popcorn.