Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, was broadcast by HBO on sunday.
The Church of Scientology, is a new religious movement based on “Scientology”, which is itself based on psychotherapy, religious tax exemption laws and cheap labor.
Tom Cruise and John Travolta are two of the celebrities who have benefited from the “group meetings” members participate in. Rumors are, if you should fall foul of the group, then you can expect a ruthless aggressive response.
The HBO documentary started on Sunday.
Below is a preview.
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The Inquisitr reports:
The film, directed by 61-year-old acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney, has been called “the final nail in Scientology’s coffin,” but even for viewers unfamiliar with the bizarre religion, the movie will prove fascinating for its portrayals of Cruise, John Travolta, and other celebrities in a strange and creepy side of their private lives that they do their best to hide from their fans.
Scientology was founded in 1952 by an author of rambling, pulp science fiction novels, L. Ron Hubbard.
Hubbard, who died in 1986 at age 75, first devised Scientology as a simplistic form of psychotherapy, as outlined in his 1950 book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
But within a couple of years, Hubbard realized that there was far greater potential to make money — and be shielded from paying taxes — if his new “science” was classified as a “religion.” At that point, Scientology was born.
Through the ensuing decades, both under Hubbard’s rule and that of his successor, David Miscavige, Scientology has taken a ruthlessly aggressive approach to its critics, often bombarding them with lawsuits and, reportedly, even more overbearing forms of intimidation.
HBO, according to the Hollywood Reporter, employed a battalion of 160 attorneys whose job was to comb through every nuance of Going Clear to make sure that the documentary was as invulnerable to legal attacks as possible.
The documentary is based on the 2013 nonfiction book by journalist Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, condensing many of the 560-page book’s most startling revelations into a 120-minute HBO film.
Many of the most startling of those revelations involved Tom Cruise, who, the film implies, has been aware of many human rights abuses committed by Scientology against members of the “church.”
The book by Wright alleges that Cruise personally benefited from what is effectively slave labor performed by members of the Scientology “Sea Org,” group, who are said to sign “billion year” contracts with Scientology to perform arduous labor for almost no wages at all.
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