Scientology doc 'Going Clear': Five takeaways

March 29, 2015 5:33 AM

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1. The church engaged in harassment and torture. The scathing exposé directed by Gibney (The Armstrong Lie) is based on Lawrence Wright's riveting 2013 bestseller, Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. Among the bombshells asserted by eight former church members: Scientology intentionally broke up Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; it tortured some of its members in a prison known as "the hole" and subjected others to hard labor; and it harassed those who left the organization and forced their family members to cut off all contact.

2. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wasn't the nicest guy. The film offers an intimate portrait of founder Hubbard (or LRH, as he's referred to by members) and follows the rise of current leader David Miscavige, accusing him of misusing his power and physically abusing several members. It also cla...

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