He actually left the church back in 2009, but is speaking publicly for the first time. Haggis told the New Yorker, Â“I was in a cult for 34 years. Everyone else could see it. I don't know why I couldnÂ’t. There was a feeling of camaraderie that was something I'd never experienced; all these atheists looking for something to believe in, and all these loners looking for a club to join.Â”
Scientologists are often celebrities, because the religion appears to target them. Why? Is it because they have lots of money to spread around? After all, Haggis was the screenwriter and director for Â“Crash.Â” And he was the screenwriter for Â“Million Dollar Baby.Â” He has lots of dough!
The Church of Scientology was started in 1952 by L. Ron Hubbard. According to the churchÂ’s website, the organization is a Â“religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one's true spiritual nature and one's relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being.Â”
The controversial church made this statement after Paul Haggis spoke negatively about Scientology: Â“It is unfortunate that The New Yorker chose to introduce its readers to Scientology through the eyes of an apostate, someone religious scholars unanimously denounce as unreliable, rather than take advantage of the Church's invitation to experience its practices and humanitarian works firsthand.Â”
What is your opinion of Paul Haggis declaring the Church of Scientology as a Â“cult?Â” He believes that within two years he will be involved in a scandal that seems to not be involved with the Church, but the members will be behind the whole thing.
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