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Crash director Paul Haggis quits Scientology

The Church of Scientology has lost one of its most high-profile members with the news the director of oscar-winning film ‘Crash’ has quit the controversial religion.

After 35 years of following the faith, Paul who wrote ‘oillion Dollar Baby’ has resigned with an explosive letter accusing the church of “gay-bashing”. He writes, “I saw the organisation with all its warts, growing pains and problems – as an underdog. And I’ve always had a thing for underdogs.

But I reached a point several weeks ago where I no longer knew what to think. Despite all the church’s words about promoting freedom and human rights, its name is now in the public record alongside those who promote bigotry, intolerance, homophobia and fear.” Paul is also outraged that Scientologists advised his wife to “disconnect” (ie, break off contact) from her own parents. He adds, “It caused her terrible personal pain.”

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