Monday's intriguing people
Writer-director Paul Haggis is dishing the goods on Scientology in The New Yorker magazine.
February 7th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Paul Haggis

The award-winning writer-director of “Crash” has given The New Yorker an interview detailing the inner workings of Scientology. A member for 35 years, Haggis broke with the church in 2009 after it refused to condemn Proposition 8, which made marriage an institution between only man and woman in California.

In his letter of resignation to spokesman Tommy Davis, Haggis wrote that he could not align himself with an organization that would back "that hate-filled legislation." He concluded, “Silence is consent, Tommy. I refuse to consent.”

Wael Ghonim

The Google executive in Egypt is expected to be released Monday afternoon after becoming an opposition spokesman against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. In a phone interview with CNN, Hazzem Ghonim said that he last spoke to his brother January 28.

Wael Ghonim has long used his Twitter page to voice his opposition. On January 27, he wrote: “Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die."

Jerry Jones

The owner of the Dallas Cowboys set out to break an attendance record with Sunday’s Super Bowl. Unsuitable temporary seating quashed that, and some 400 ticket holders denied seats are expected to get a refund of triple the cost of the face value - $800 - of their ticket.

They were allowed in the stadium to watch the game on monitors or from standing platforms in each corner of the stadium, the NFL said.

"It was terribly mismanaged, and we're just beside ourselves," said an unnamed Pittsburgh Steelers fan between tears.

The NFL promised to look into the matter: "We regret the situation and inconvenience it may have caused."

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  1. banasy

    I'm going to go a different route and comment on Jerry Jones. If I had a ticket to the SB, and I was denied my seat, I would hunt J.J. down, kill him, bring him BACK to life, and kill him again!

    No, I wouldn't, really...but I wouldn't be "tearful", I'd be LIVID!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Edward

    I have done some extensive research on scientology and read dianetics, which in my opinion is pure rubbish. I find it hard to believe that people could be sucked into such nonsense. Obviously Louann is a scientologist. It is not a religion and far from spiritual.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ObjectiveReporting

      Louanne is a member of Scientology's Office of Special Affairs, the CIA-like intelligence apparatus in Scientology notorious for it's dirty tricks.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Doug

    Of all the reasons to leave that "church," his is possibly the least impressive. Of course Prop 8 is discriminatory, but this "religion" has so many contemptable aspects that one would not know where to start if one wanted to write an "anti-religious" diatribe against it. In the meantime, it should be taxed. Heavily. Really really heavily.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      He didn't leave just because of Prop 8. He discovered that Tommy Davis was lying about many things, and he finally opened his eyes.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bsitz

    A science fiction writer who was also a prophet...All Hail Lord Zenuth! lol

    February 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kado

    Applause for Tom Haggis. No church and exclusion...the words don't go together. No belief system that decides who has rights is a healthy system. And Scientology is very unhealthy for all but the wealthy who find it self-serving.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. truthinrock

    Now he can write a comedy on Scientology. The fact that it exists is a good place to start.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pat

    Sure, they prey on the uneducated.....but they REALLY set their sights on the amorally ambitious - as in, sell your soul to the devil.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. truestone

    Might be a more interesting read if Haggis at least pretended a little better to know anything about Scientology. He hasn't even done anything in the religion for 30 years...so what does he know?

    Scientology has no stance on gay marriage – it is non-political and welcomes all people. Why Haggis decided to make a stink about it is what is really weird.

    There is no open FBI investigation...he is just groping for a story.

    Scientologists are atheists? Could have fooled me...God is an important part of the religion.

    Not sure what the story here is exactly. "Bitter Hollywood writer gives interview"?

    February 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ObjectiveReporting

      If it's a non-story then why are you OSA internet handlers and accompyaning sock-puppets swarming this story on every site that mentions it?

      February 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • beef

      Truestone... you are an IDIOT.

      February 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnFranCo

      Fact of the matter is that Wright didn't need to do much research for this at all. Every single one of his points are regurgitated lies that have been floating around for months if not years. His approach teaches us nothing new; nothing factual.

      February 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    @long-time-scientologist:

    Re-read Precious' post. That's not what she said at all.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kdil kdieleioqirek

    If it is a cult, it is also criminal in nature.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marvin

    Tom & John forced me to have buttcoitus with them.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • T3chsupport

      ♫Now Marvin's in the closet... Marvin's in the closet toooo. ♫

      February 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pretty clear to me

    The article states that an official of Scientology publicly supported Prop 8. If Scientology does not support Prop 8 someone in the ranks should have said so.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marvin

    they lured me with a dianetics sockpuppet.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chuck hudson

    Why oh why is Germany the only country in the world who has correctly figured out how to deal with the dangerous false, religious cult that is Scientology?

    February 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dennis

    It is quite obvious that some of the posters above are simply attempting to discredit anyone who has actually witnessed these acts.

    This is the same operation that the Guardians Office & the Department of Special Affairs ran since the '70s – they will do anything to stamp out any reports of illegal activities.

    As a member of the 'church' for 40 years, I too have seen my share of coercive & illegal activities. For Tommy Davis to deny disconnection, breaking up families, financial crimes, etc, etc, is folly.

    He is aiding & abetting and will go down with the ship along with Miscavige & the rest of his cronies.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      dennis as na ex sci you know the script theses guys are following but the day will come when mescavige is before a judge

      February 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
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