CFI-LA’s FEED YOUR BRAIN Lecture Series
Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion
Sunday, Sept. 18, 11:00 a.m.
Scientology, created in 1954 by prolific sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world’s fastest growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of the government to further its goals. Its attacks on psychiatry and its requirement that believers pay thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and skepticism. And ex-members use the Internet to share stories of harassment and abuse.
Based on her five years of research, unprecedented access to Church officials, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, Janet Reitman now offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology, in an evenhanded account that at last establishes the truth about the controversial religion. She traces Scientology’s development from the birth of Dianetics to today, following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self-help group to a worldwide spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and even ex-followers.
Reitman was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2007 for her Rolling Stone story “Inside Scientology,” from which her book grew. She is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has appeared in GQ, Men’s Journal, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m.,
Sunday, September 18, 2011
COST: $8, Students $4
Friends of the Center: Free Admission
The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
See http://www.CFIWest.org for more information, or call (323) 666-9797.