Why Breaking Up With Scientology Is Hard to Do

History, it is said, is written by the winners. But the history of close-knit groups ends up being written by the losers. This is also true of Scientology.

Clearly he's OK with it. Right?

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Last night, I watched "Going Clear," the HBO documentary about Scientology. In the interests of full disclosure, I should note that the director, Alex Gibney, is the brother of my longtime editor James Gibney, who will accordingly not be editing this or even looking at the piece before it runs. In the further interests of full disclosure, I thought it was brilliant, and I recommend it heartily to all of my readers.

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