Scientology's "Lunacy" Leads to Attack on Paul Haggis's Oscar Win, Humanitarianism - 2011-09-07

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F11.png Scientology's "Lunacy" Leads to Attack on Paul Haggis's Oscar Win, Humanitarianism September 7, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice

We noted last week how insane was the attack by Scientology's propaganda organ, Freedom magazine, in its parody of issue of The New Yorker and writer Lawrence Wright. We also pointed out how, in a related video, Scientology's slander-mongers took their best shot at director Paul Haggis, subject of Wright's epic 24,000-word article, which described Haggis's disaffection with Scientology and his high-profile defection in 2009.

Earlier this evening, screenwriter Skip Press offered his own thoughts about Haggis's career and the stupidity of Scientology's attack. It's a fascinating read, and contains several key nuggets of pure gold.

Press describes how he and Haggis, in the late 1970s, were part of a Scientology writers' group. Press says he watched as his talented friend paid his dues, writing for shows like Welcome Back, Kotter and The Facts of Life -- a path Press himself was wary of.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Scientology's "Lunacy" Leads to Attack on Paul Haggis's Oscar Win, Humanitarianism | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/scientologys_lu.php | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = September 7, 2011 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}