The author of a new book on Scientology (“The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology”) has some harsh words. And, another new book is also out, but has to face down British libel laws.
The Church of Scientology is a cult whose core aim is to fight a space alien Satan that’s brainwashed the rest of us. The Church fights the world’s insanity, its celebrity followers argue, and people who tell you differently are bigots. So who’s right?
Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has written what promises to be a great book on Scientology. Going Clear is due to be published everywhere on 17 January – except Britain. Just before Christmas, Transworld, Wright’s British publishers, pulled it, leading to questions about whether it had fallen to the Church’s reputation for going after its detractors and Britain’s libel laws.
Scientologists believe that psychiatry is Nazi pseudoscience. They believe that the Holocaust was planned and carried out by psychiatrists. If you are doing a book about Scientology, then you cannot do better than having the son and grandson of two German-Jewish psychiatrists as your publisher. You don’t need capital to publish a book on Scientology – you need courage.
Sparks may fly.
Also in the news today on Scientology:
Discovery Channel’s true-crime sister network, Investigation Discovery, is airing a 1-hour dramatization of Nancy Many’s amazing life in Scientology next week, at 10 pm on Wednesday, January 16.
“Out of the blue I got a request last spring from two separate production companies wanting to put my book in a docudrama format,” Many says, referring to her harrowing account of surviving Scientology’s notorious “Rehabilitation Project Force” and many other experiences in My Billion-Year Contract. She chose a British production company whose executives had some previous experience working on Scientology stories.
“This past summer they came to the US and interviewed me and several other people, including Paulette Cooper,” she says. “They asked me about my experiences with the manipulative mind control environment of Scientology.”
And the decent of this org continues.
Tip: Matt Staggs