There’s nothing like a human trafficking accusation to take a religion from bizarre to downright scary. That’s exactly what’s going on for Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology. Things have officially gone from bad to worse after a piece in The New Yorker came out revealing more than we ever wanted to know.
Read on for all the details on the FBI’s investigation!
In recent news, film director and screenwriter Paul Haggis has cut all ties with the Church of Scientology after nearly 35 years over its stance on gay rights and has called the group a cult. Big shocker, right? Anyway, in his tell-all article put out by The New Yorker, Haggis alleges that Scientology poster boy Tom Cruise and his good friend David Miscavige, head of the Church, are doing some very bad things. Miscavige is accused of forcing followers to work for free under slave-like conditions to benefit Cruise and the church.
From the report in The New Yorker:
Under federal law, slavery is defined, in part, by the use of coercion, torture, starvation, imprisonment, threats, and psychological abuse…Those conditions echo the testimony of many former Sea Org members who lived at the Gold Base.
Gold Base was a “reeducation” camp where the bad Scientologists go to get good–often against their will and without any contact with the outside world. The FBI is investigating the alleged human trafficking and unpaid labor allegations much to the dismay of the Scientologists.
Here’s what the Church of Scientology had to say about the investigation. From a press release:
“The New Yorker press release and Lawrence Wright’s profile on Paul Haggis, “Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology,” released Monday, reported on an alleged federal investigation. The New Yorker was well aware the Church knew nothing of the investigation but had refuted the same claims based on a case already thrown out by a Federal Court Judge.
Nonetheless, The New Yorker irresponsibly used the same sources who were discredited in the dismissed case to claim an “investigation” so as to garner headlines for an otherwise stale article containing nothing but rehashed unfounded allegations.”
To each is own, but if religion involves human trafficking, count me out.
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