June 28, 2004
Re "Schools Bar Anti-Drug Program," June 24: For the past four years, my seventh-grade health classes have been incredibly fortunate to have Narconon presentations as part of their drug prevention education. I am selective with my guest presentations, and I was shocked to read that Narconon presenters may use these prevention programs as a forum to spread the teachings of Scientology. All of the information presented by Narconon in my classroom has been accurate, fact-based drug education.
June 29, 2012 |
The page was barely refreshed on the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce filing when the quips started flying. (Our colleague Ben Fritz on Twitter: “Somebody make a joke about Katie having seen 'Rock of Ages.'”) But all the snark did highlight a more substantive question: How does this play into Cruise's up-and-down career? The actor - who, jeepers, becomes eligible for AARP next week - had resurrected his image after his “Tropic Thunder” cameo four years ago. He then parlayed that rising stock into leading roles and box-office success, namely with the blockbuster “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” last Christmas.
April 12, 2014 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1997
Re "State Seeks Delicate Balance in Approving Books for Schools," Aug. 1: I've read some of the educational books written by or associated with L. Ron Hubbard, and to be honest, they do not have any overt promotion of Scientology. They are, for the most part, just based on common sense, which most educators know instinctively. Scientologists, of course, want these texts included in public schools because this validates Hubbard's name and prestige. Opponents opposed this for the same reason.
July 27, 2012 |
Paul Thomas Anderson's film"The Master" -- highly anticipated in part because its story seems to have much in common with Scientology -- will debut a month earlier than originally scheduled. Weinstein Co. announced Friday that it will open the Philip Seymour Hoffman-starrer on Sept. 14 in New York and Los Angeles, with an expansion to other cities planned for the following weekend. As part of its plans, the company is shifting its Brad Pitt-starrer "Killing Them Softly," which they acquired before this year's Cannes Film Festival, from Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2002 |
The Church of Scientology handed over $8.6 million this week to resolve the lawsuit of a former member who charged that the controversial church caused him to develop bipolar disorder and nearly drove him to suicide. The payment came nearly 22 years after Lawrence Wollersheim, 53, filed his 1980 lawsuit, and nearly 16 years after a California jury awarded him $30 million. In the intervening years, the award was reduced on appeal to $2.5 million and went all the way to the U.S.
April 24, 2011 |
At the place I lunch every day in an effort to cut down on life choices, I've been reading a Tolstoy-sized article in the New Yorker about Scientology. Nearly every day, some patron raids my airspace, saying something like, "I read that article. " Eye roll, then, "What whack jobs. " L.A. finds Scientology so endlessly fascinating that weeks after publication, people are still talking about the article all over town. Why? Here's a theory: There is no city on Earth that makes rationalization more difficult than Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1997
Robert A. Jones' column, "Saved by a Rumor" (July 27) was filled with generalities, slurs (including one that equates the religion of Scientology with colonics) and inferences that the Church of Scientology somehow attempted to sneakily get some "gambit" past the Board of Education in an attempt to "catechize its students." It was also inaccurate in the extreme. The fact of the matter is that L. Ron Hubbard wrote prodigiously in numerous fields. His books on the subject of study are not a part of the religion of Scientology any more than his prolific output of fiction would be considered part of the church's doctrine.
September 18, 2013 |
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.