'Going Clear' Director Calls for End to Scientology Tax-Exempt Status in Op-Ed - 2015-04-11

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F117.png 'Going Clear' Director Calls for End to Scientology Tax-Exempt Status in Op-Ed April 11, 2015, Hollywood Reporter

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed on Saturday, documentary filmmaker Gibney, whose Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief aired on Mar. 29 on HBO, addressed the church's tax-exempt status, and why the status should be revoked.

"Regarding 'private interests,' it seems clear that Scientology is ruled by only one man, [Scientology head] David Miscavige," Gibney wrote in the op-ed. "Further, powerful celebrities within the church, particularly Tom Cruise, receive private benefits through the exploitation of low-wage labor (clergy members belonging to the Sea Org make roughly 40 cents an hour) and other use of church assets for his personal gain."


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