What Going Clear means for the decline of Scientology - 2015-05-08
Further, Kent says the film could change the ways academics study Scientology, particularly when it comes to using testimony from former members, which he says academia is often quick to dismiss. "There has been a very odd but persistent reaction against using the accounts of former members of Scientology in academic work," he says. "They can be seen as disgruntled former members. And I've used accounts of former members and have had others attempt to discredit me. Of course [the former members] could be lying, but it's up to experts [academics] to corroborate what they say." Kent hopes Going Clear might encourage academics to take these various perspectives more seriously.
Kent tells Maclean's he believes the biggest misconception about Scientology is that it's even a religion at all. "I define it as a multi-national conglomerate, only one part of which is religious," says Kent. But he doesn't go so far as to call it a cult. "I'm more concerned about groups that cause harm regardless of what sort of label we put on them. And that's the sort of thing Going Clear is about."