Blog: (VIDEO) GoingClear - Alex Gibney Clears the World of Scientology - 2015-04-01

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F0.png (VIDEO) #GoingClear - Alex Gibney Clears the World of Scientology April 1, 2015, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The new documentary from Alex Gibney called Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has now aired on HBO and the public reaction to this has been outstanding.

The night it aired, #GoingClear was a nationally trending topic on Twitter as people live-tweeted their responses. Other than the few Tweets that Scientology purchased to forward their own messages of hate against the people speaking out in the film, almost every tweet expressed horror and outrage that the Church of Scientology would do the kinds of things depicted in the documentary, and even worse, that it has the luxury of spending tax-exempt monies to do them.

I wrote a review of the film when I first saw it at an advanced screening in Austin, Texas. Now that it has premiered on HBO and I've had a chance to see it again, I wanted to give some of my thoughts as to the importance of this film and its multi-layered messages about not only Scientology but also the nature of belief.