In what may prove to be an earth-shaking rupture for the organization, Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis has broken publicly with the Church of Scientology, the Hollywood-centric religion that has recently come under renewed scrutiny for its political positions.
In a scathing letter to the church's celebrity contact, Tommy Davis, Haggis accused the church of hypocrisy and lies, especially regarding its decision to support the anti-gay-marriage proposition on the California ballot last year, Proposition 8.
"I told you I could not, in good conscience, be a member of an organization where gay-bashing was tolerated," Haggis wrote, referring to support for Prop. 8 in the church's San Diego branch. "You promised action. Ten months passed. No action was forthcoming."
OK Mr. Haggis, I'm with you on the whole Prop. 8 thing - but you were OK with the whole part about a galactic emperor named Xenu who had brought frozen aliens to earth 75 million years ago in spaceships that looked like DC-8s and killed them by tossing them into the volcanoes of Hawaii and then collected their souls and brainwashed them and who were then later were assimilated into mankind and that the souls of these aliens plauge man to this very day? You were okay with that part of the story all the way up until the whole Scientology supports Prop. 8 thing, right?