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November 20, 1985
L. Ron Hubbard is no crazier than the average prophet, and Scientology is better than a lot of religions--at least it preaches self-improvement in this life through self-analysis rather than rewards in an afterlife through prayer. But Scientology makes one huge mistake: it promises improved intelligence rather than the attainment of eternal bliss. And intelligence can be measured whereas no one has ever come back from the grave to prove that a religion was a fraud. Putting it another way, what Scientology must learn is that it's much safer to insult the intelligence than to improve it. JAMES IRONS Los Angeles
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April 12, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
What do Jesus and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard have in common? According to authors Reza Aslan and Lawrence Wright, there are indeed commonalities. Fans and avid readers flocked to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday to hear Aslan and Wright speak during an hourlong panel moderated by Times Editor-in-Chief Davan Maharaj. “You will leave enlightened, I hope,” Maharaj said when introducing the panel. Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” and Wright, author of “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief,” delved deeper into parallels between the two religious figures featured in their books.
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July 4, 2011
Inside Scientology The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion Janet Reitman Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 464 pp., $28
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February 28, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
The Church of Scientology has spoken out against Leah Remini's latest comments about her experience with the organization, calling the former member's account "absurd, insulting and motivated entirely by a desire to grab attention. " The "King of Queens" star, who famously left the church last summer, gave an interview published Wednesday on BuzzFeed in which she called the church "a lie" and said she left for the sake of her 9-year-old daughter, Sofia, around the time the process of "auditing" her child would allegedly begin.  "In my house, it's family first - but I was spending most of my time at the church," the 43-year-old said.
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September 10, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Leah Remini is finally speaking out about her break from the Church of Scientology. The former "King of Queens" star appeared on Monday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to promote her participation in the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars. " However, her name has been in the news all summer because of her July defection from Scientology -- the controversial faith founded by sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard that includes John Travolta and Tom Cruise among its members.
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February 7, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Lawrence Wright, the author of "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief" appeared on "The Colbert Report" Thursday night to talk about his book. But before he could get there, Stephen Colbert bgean grilling the Pulitzer Prize winner using the coded language of the Church of Scientology. Wright's book began as an article for The New Yorker in which he followed the story of director Paul Haggis, a former Scientology enthusiast who eventually left the church over its support of anti-gay rights legislation.
OPINION
February 26, 2008
Re "A leap beyond faith," Opinion, Feb. 18 When I was 17, I left the Church of Scientology. When I was 22, my parents and all members of my immediate family were pressured by the church to "disconnect" from me. When I heard of the protests by Anonymous on behalf of all those who have lost their families, homes and savings accounts to Scientology, I thanked God that someone was finally willing to listen. Reading Michael Shermer's Op-Ed article, I was surprised to find myself frustrated and misty-eyed.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2001
I was appalled that The Times would stoop to print a puff piece on the soi-disant "religion" of Scientology in the guise of a legitimate article on Chick Corea ("Playing in His Key," by Don Heckman, Aug. 18). Is Heckman a journalist, or an apologist for a cult that believes we're all infected with countless "space cooties" that require hundreds of thousands of dollars to exorcise? I realize the comics pages are combined with the Saturday Calendar section, but giving most of Page 1 to this story, which was mostly about the shameful scam of Hubbard's rather than about music, is too lowbrow an antic even for the funny pages.
NATIONAL
July 12, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The tabloids tell us that Scientology was at the root of the breakup between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. If the "sources" fueling the entertainment media's frenzied coverage of the divorce are correct, Holmes realized Suri was reaching an age where her religious instruction would begin in earnest, and could not bear it. Neither Cruise nor Holmes nor their representatives are confirming any of this. Regardless, the rumors and related coverage raise the question: What is Scientology?
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February 27, 2014 | By Nardine Saad, This post has been updated. See below for details.
Leah Remini is opening up further about her controversial decision to leave the Church of Scientology, calling herself a "hypocrite" for staying with the organization and saying everything the church taught her was "a lie. " The "King of Queens" alum made headlines last summer because of her break with the high-profile organization . In a Buzzfeed interview published Wednesday, Remini, who had been a Scientologist for more than 30...
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September 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Leah Remini's very public fallout with the Church of Scientology just got uglier. The Season 17 "Dancing With the Stars" contestant referred to the controversial faith in the video before her performance on Latin night of the reality dance competition Monday. "I'm going through a personal big change for me and my family," said Remini, 43, who reportedly left the church this summer over differing points of view and allegations that she was mistreated after a confrontation with church leader David Miscavige at the 2006 wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
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September 18, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The 10 books on the National Book Awards' longlist for the nonfiction prize include works by some of the nation's best-known historians, a memoir about a childhood in the shadow of the CIA and bestselling books about America's economic decline and the growth of the Church of Scientology. Two of the books explore the topic of slavery, 150 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation: “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor; and James Oakes' “Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865.” The other works of history on the longlist include a chilling account of the role of women on the Eastern Front in World War II: “Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields” by Wendy Lower, a historian, professor and consultant at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and Jill Lepore's “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin,” which recounts the life of Benjamin Franklin's sister, a mother of 12 who was, like her brother, an astute commentator and gifted writer.
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September 10, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Leah Remini is finally speaking out about her break from the Church of Scientology. The former "King of Queens" star appeared on Monday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to promote her participation in the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars. " However, her name has been in the news all summer because of her July defection from Scientology -- the controversial faith founded by sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard that includes John Travolta and Tom Cruise among its members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department has closed a missing-person investigation involving Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelley. LAPD sources said that they located and spoke with Shelley Miscavige and that the case is now resolved. The case was reportedly triggered by a call from actress Leah Remini. The LAPD sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly, did not provide details about where Shelley Miscavige was or when they found her. They emphasized that police were no longer investigating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
See correction below The Los Angeles Police Department said officers spoke to the wife of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige after a missing person's report was filed and they determined she was not in any jeopardy. Shelly Miscavige declined to talk to LAPD officers about the controversy swirling around her, but the discussion prompted them to close the missing persons case, said LAPD Commander Andy Smith. Shelley Miscavige's whereabouts had been in question after actress Leah Remini reported filed the missing persons report.
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August 8, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Actress Leah Remini, who made headlines last month when she publicly left the Church of Scientology, has reportedly filed a missing persons report for church leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelly, who allegedly hasn't been seen in public for six years. "We can confirm that the missing person report has been taken, and that's all the information we have at this time," a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told Us Weekly. TMZ confirmed that an ongoing investigation into Miscavige's whereabouts is underway.
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July 12, 2013 | By Nardine Saad, This post has been updated
Actress Leah Remini has thanked fans for their support as rumors swirl that she is leaving the Church of Scientology. A Thursday report in the New York Post indicated that the "King of Queens" alum was planning to exit sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard's controversial church, which counts A-listers Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its parishioners. Remini, 43, who is said to have been a member of the church for about three decades, released a statement on the topic late Thursday.
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