Church of Scientology International Statement
on Lawrence Wright’s book
13 January 2013
Statement on Lawrence Wright’s book
Mr. Wright's book is so ludicrous it belongs in a supermarket tabloid. The claims are nothing more than a stale rehash of allegations disproven long ago.
The author and the publisher refused to provide the Church with a copy of the book and showed little interest in receiving input from the Church during the writing or so-called “fact-checking.” In the two years that Mr. Wright spent on his book he sent the church only a dozen isolated and esoteric “fact checks.”
The one thing clear about Lawrence Wright’s book is that he continues to carry water for a handful of angry, bitter individuals led by a pathological and self-admitted liar still consumed with vengeance a decade after being removed for malfeasance. Mr. Wright could have chosen to write a serious, objective and fair book on Scientology that also would document the religion’s growth worldwide as well as its involvement in such causes as human rights and the fight against drug abuse. Instead, Mr. Wright has taken the easy path and produced a work of fiction.
The New York Times all but accused Lawrence Wright of inventing dialog for his 2006 work on al-Queda, The Looming Tower, criticizing his “verbatim reconstructions” of conversations more than a decade old, writing that “it’s hard to believe that memories are that good.” Here, he purports to reconstruct conversations six decades old.
It is important to note that Wright's British and Canadian publishers had second thoughts choosing not to publish Wright's book after being informed of the numerous inaccuracies and defamatory lies it contains that were told to Wright by a handful of bitter and discredited former Scientologists. If a book is truthful, then it should be publishable without hesitation. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to lie.
Millions of Scientologists around the world embrace the religion. To find out the true story of Scientology, one can visit www.scientology.org . Or one can read Mr. Hubbard's books, which are available worldwide.