'Going Clear' documentary unites voices against Scientology - 2015-03-11

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F0.png 'Going Clear' documentary unites voices against Scientology March 11, 2015, Jake Coyle, Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press

Rinder's story is one of eight from former church members that make up the emotional arc of the documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," which opens in theaters Friday and will air on HBO on March 29.

Directed by the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney and based on the acclaimed book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright, "Going Clear" is the highest-profile expose yet of the controversial religion founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

Substantially on the basis of former members like Rinder speaking out, the film paints a disturbing portrait of Scientology, claiming physical abuse happens regularly; that the church drives wedges between families by labeling non-Scientologist spouses and parents "suppressive persons"; and that the Internal Revenue Service deemed the church a tax-exempt religion in 1993 only because of an avalanche of lawsuits. The documentary also singles out several of Scientology's most famous faces — including Tom Cruise and John Travolta — for not using their power to change the organization.


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