On August 19, , Tommy Davis, the chief spokesperson for the Church of Scientology International, received a letter from the film director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Our public association with that hate-filled legislation shames us. I refuse to consent. Haggis was prominent in both Scientology and Hollywood, two communities that often converge. Although he is less famous than certain other Scientologists, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, he had been in the organization for nearly thirty-five years.
Miscavige was a deputy to church founder L. Ron Hubbard a " Commodore's messenger " while he was a teenager. Since he assumed his leadership position, there have been a number of allegations made against Miscavige. These include claims of forced separation of family members , coercive fundraising practices, harassment of journalists and church critics , and humiliation of church staff members, including physical assaults upon them by Miscavige. Miscavige and church spokespersons deny the majority of these claims, often criticizing the credibility of those who bring them. David Miscavige was born in in Bucks County, Pennsylvania , in the Philadelphia area  [ failed verification ] [ dead link ] to the Roman Catholic Polish-Italian family of Ron and Loretta Miscavige,  along with twin sister Denise.
Former Scientologists believe that Shelly Miscavige, who has not been seen in public for nearly 10 years, is living behind these gates. Angry Gay Pope Since L. Handpicked by the church's founder himself, Miscavige is one of the best-known — and most powerful — Scientology figures in the world, having clawed his way to the top with ruthless tactics and alleged violence. Shelly Miscavige — her real name is Michele — rose through the ranks of the church along with David Miscavige and became what Vanity Fair called "the First Lady of Scientology. And after a botched reorganization project in , according to Vanity Fair, she disappeared from public life.
Just going to get straight to it, no! That is different. The former Scientologist, who had been raised as one, left the Church in and has since been very outspoken about the Church.