Paul Haggis Leaves Scientology

Director of Crash Paul Haggis penned a break up letter with Scientology and their current national spokesperson Tommy Davis. The Village Voice published it. What will get all the ink is that Haggis is upset at the San Diego chapter endorsing Prop. 8. But Haggis is also miffed, after 35 years, of the policy of “disconnection,” which is the Scientology version of ex-communication. Davis denied the policy exists on CNN and this is suddenly outrageous to the Oscar winner.

Haggis writes:

This was my state of mind when I was online doing research and chanced upon an interview clip with you on CNN. The interview lasted maybe ten minutes – it was just you and the newscaster. And in it I saw you deny the church’s policy of disconnection. You said straight-out there was no such policy, that it did not exist.

I was shocked. We all know this policy exists. I didn’t have to search for verification – I didn’t have to look any further than my own home.

Yeah, after a couple of months figuring out the church lies, we get it. After 35 years?

This reminds us of the scene in Casablanca where Captain Renault declares, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

Your winnings, Sir.

Photo Credit: Alexandra Gibson

Publish date: October 26, 2009 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT