Sunday, November 15, 2009

‘Crash’ director Paul Haggis renounces Scientology over gay rights – by Elizabeth Snead - The Los Angeles Times

Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis finally quit Scientology after 32 years.

Maybe there’s hope for Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

Long known for his humanitarian and civil liberties work, Haggis ("Million Dollar Baby," "Crash") was stunned when

the San Diego branch of Scientology supported Proposition 8, the state amendment that took away marriage rights for California's gay couples.

Haggis is currently filming “The Next Three Days” with Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson and another former Scientologist, Jason Beghe.

What do you think about Paul's reasons for leaving Scientology?

Do you think there will be ramifications for his Hollywood career?

Read on for more of Haggis' letter to Scientology celeb wrangler, Tommy Davis:

Dear Tommy,

As you know, for ten months now I have been writing to ask you to make 
a public statement denouncing the actions of the Church of Scientology 
of San Diego. Their public sponsorship of Proposition 8, a hate-filled 
legislation that succeeded in taking away the civil rights of gay and
 lesbian citizens of California – rights that were granted them by the
 Supreme Court of our state – shames us. Photo

I called and wrote and implored you, as the official spokesman of 
the church, to condemn their actions. I told you I could not, in good 
conscience, be a member of an organization where gay-bashing was 
tolerated. Read complete article - by Elizabeth Snead - The Los Angeles Times


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