"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief"

Friday, January 25, 2013


The Church of Scientology has been notoriously unwelcoming of investigation into its inner workings, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright has just released a new book that delves deep into the history and practices of the Church, including its hostility toward reporters and strong ties with Hollywood. Bob talks to Wright about his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief.

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Lawrence Wright

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Bob Garfield

Comments [5]


Sorry Ericka, but even though science ostensibly has the ability to "explain the reason for everything", almost none of it is based on the way things actually are. For a while, science has been able take much ground away from politics since that has been seen as the platform of ignorance it's become... but eventually, people will realize that very little of science represents much beyond a relative level of truth, and then they will be turning to the mystics for answers and Truth. Our real evolution will fully depend upon going beyond materialism and its narrow-minded dualism. Lucky for us, quantum physics has already upset many apple carts, so there's no turning back...

Jan. 28 2013 05:43 PM

sorry. science is the only pie. we make all the rest up for comfort, because we need systems and organization and ritual, and have trouble being our own leaders. hubbard was a nut case, but not the only nut case.

Jan. 28 2013 04:36 PM
David Villa from Austin

Before today I hadn't heard the half of it. If these claims are true then the Church should be brought up on racketeering charges and forced to pay backtaxes. To me this is no less than organized crime, and someone needs to stand up to it. You shouldn't be allowed to influence the law illegally and then expect those protection to hold. I feel exactly the same way about oil companies who are in bed with their regulators. With the bailout of criminal bankers who turn around and give themselves bonuses, what is essentially legalized bribing by lobbyists, and the permission of superpacs to lock elections with untraced money, democracy in America has been hoodwinked.

Jan. 28 2013 02:28 AM
Stacy Harris from Nashville, TN

Bob Garfield expresses contempt for Scientology. His reference to "Jesus Christ" is likewise lacking in journalistic objectivity (Christ is not Jesus' surname), as to refer to Jesus of Nazareth as "Jesus Christ" is to affirm the English translation of "Jesus the Messiah."

Not that there's anything wrong with such a faith-based declaration of Jesus as the Messiah, if making a statement of belief was Bob's intent. Otherwise...

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report

Jan. 27 2013 05:10 PM

There is always an unspoken sense in which the public demolishing (even on NPR) of something like Scientology fairly reeks of contempt for any kind of metaphysical view, and that debunking someone like Hubbard may still serve as an effective way of putting out an anti-metaphysical message.

There is, and will always be, a difference between someone like Hubbard and what he said -- and the Buddha, and what he taught... or even Rudolf Steiner, and what he said... or even yet, eastern yogis throughout time, and what they have reported. You may find religion and spiritual things as "implausible" as you wish, but there will always be things which science will never be able to explain. Those things will ultimately compromise strictly materialistic views as they clearly point to the realm of metaphysics -- which even now is the elephant in the room. Science will always and only be able to cut a very small slice of the Reality Pie...

Jan. 27 2013 03:44 PM

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