The Church of Scientology has attracted many a famous man and woman including Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and Charles Manson to name a few. On January 14th, 2014 at 7:30 PM, journalist Lawrence Wright will grace Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall located at 1037 Southwest Broadway Portland, OR 97205 to discuss his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief as part of the Portland Arts and Lecture Series.
The book contains over 200 interviews with current and former Scientologist including writer/director Paul Haggis who famously parted ways with the church in 2009.
Going Clear was ranked seventh in Time Magazine’s top ten books of 2013 and was banned in Great Britain due to defamation laws.
Unlike many other Scientology exposés, which focus mainly on celebrities who have been involved with the church, Clear History also details the plight of the average Scientologist who, according to Mr. Lawrence’s website, “can be assigned to hard labor under billion year contracts.”
The church has been the instigator of several expensive and unsuccessful lawsuits against the press. Mr. Wright details the church’s control over its minions contact with the outside world and the way it attracts members in the first place. The book delves into the many criminal accusations against the church and examines the reasons why its members are hesitant to file criminal reports.
Mr. Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. His book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 won the Pulitzer Prize and was name one of the top 100 books of all time by Time Magazine. He is the author of four plays and wrote the screenplay for the film The Siege.