There’s a new ABC News report on Scientology.
I liked this clip. At 3:40 minutes (about 60%) into this video, Tommy Davis (spokesperson for scientology) gets evasive and feigns indignation to avoid questions he doesn’t want to answer.
He has all the credibility of Balloon-boy’s father –
Mr Heene [Balloon-boy’s father] bristled when the family was asked to clarify and said he did not know what his son meant [when he said it was “for the show”]. “I’m kind of appalled after all the feelings that I went through, up and down, that you guys are trying to suggest [that this was a hoax],” he said.
It’s also creepy how much Tommy Davis is like David Miscavige, the cult’s leader. They’re both professional, combative, and love to attack the messenger. Come to think of it, these guys both remind me of American Psycho. Are the Scientologists making clones? Can Scientology even survive without this kind of combative evasiveness? They’ve got so many problems, it seems like they can’t be truthful and continue to survive. A video of Miscavige:
On a related note, Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning writer-director whose credits include “Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “Letters From Iwo Jima,” has left the Church of Scientology. His open letter, which is written to Tommy Davis, appeared on the internet today, where he hit the “church” for anti-gay activities, their policy of disconnection (forcing members to cut-off contact with other people, including their own family), and lying about it to the media, claiming that they have no such policy. One excerpt:
You might recall that my wife was ordered to disconnect from her parents because of something absolutely trivial they supposedly did twenty-five years ago when they resigned from the church. This is a lovely retired couple, never said a negative word about Scientology to me or anyone else I know – hardly raving maniacs or enemies of the church. In fact it was they who introduced my wife to Scientology.
Although it caused her terrible personal pain, my wife broke off all contact with them. I refused to do so. I’ve never been good at following orders, especially when I find them morally reprehensible.
For a year and a half, despite her protestations, my wife did not speak to her parents and they had limited access to their grandchild. It was a terrible time.
That’s not ancient history, Tommy. It was a year ago.
And you could laugh at the question as if it was a joke? You could publicly state that it doesn’t exist?
To see you lie so easily, I am afraid I had to ask myself: what else are you lying about?
You can read the letter here.