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On "Going Clear," Lawrence Wright

Thanks for the shout-out Nicole. The book sounds great but the response to it has generally been thoroughly disheartening. Like here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/books/review/going-clear-lawrence-wrights-book-on-scientology.html?hp&_r=0 where the reviewer starts with how Wright tries to be fair and then basically mocks him by insisting it is a lost cause to be fair to a crazy religion that's all about aliens. UGH.

I really respect Wright's journalism as well but I also find it a little disappointing that after a (by all accounts excellent and vital) account of Al-Qaeda and 9-11 he turned his considerable talents to a topic that, while scandalicious and compelling, concerns a very small group of people who really only harm each other.

In terms of whether or not we're looking at the beginning of the end for the church I think signs point to yes. More evidence here:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexklein/is-scientology-self-destructing

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm 0

On Scientology and Me, Part Six: Postscript

@yofi Thank you! and also: aren't you sick of this damn rain? (kidding, sort of).

I agree with you completely about religion-hating coming from so many otherwise compassionate and progressive people. I volunteer with an organization that tends to attract a lot of Christians (the kind that believe the best expression of their faith is in giving service where it is needed) and it's those people I think about when I hear someone trashing [all] organized religion.

You're right that we should all look at our own assumptions and biases but I think that we should also do our best to (gently) call out our friends/family/colleagues on theirs. I'm not great at this myself, but I try...

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 3:32 am 0

On Scientology and Me, Part Six: Postscript

@whimseywisp You're very welcome! I'm absolutely hoping to write for the hairpin again, whether on this topic or another. Thanks so much for your support.

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 3:14 am 0

On Scientology and Me, Part Six: Postscript

@Inconceivable! Thank you! The response from this loveliest of internet communities has meant a great deal to me. I'm sad that it's over too!

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 3:07 am 0

On Scientology and Me, Part Six: Postscript

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 3:04 am 0

On Scientology and Me, Part Six: Postscript

@whateverlolawants That's awesome! I have so hoped that this could serve as a resource for 'pinners and their friends to share with people curious about the church; delighted to hear it's already doing so.

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 3:02 am 0

On Scientology and Me, Part Six: Postscript

@Flies in my eyes Thank you! I'll definitely consider writing for the 'pin again but probably not until I'm done with my dissertation...

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm 1

On Scientology and Me, Part Six: Postscript

@lizzle I second that. The 'Pin is my favorite place on the web.

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm 1

On Scientology and Me, Part Six: Postscript

@Tuna Surprise Awesome, I will definitely check out that essay. Thanks for reading and for doing your part to make the internet just a little bit nicer :)

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm 0

On Scientology and Me, Part Six: Postscript

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose I love the name too! It was part of the reason I chose it as a pseudonym -- the other was that I have a few tiny star tattoos so it felt right ;)

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm 0