The Church of Scientology doesn’t seem to stay out of the news for long. The church, which attracts many Hollywood A-listers, has been the subject of attention by documentaries, feature films and books. And now, according to People magazine on April 28, there’s a new book coming out. What makes “Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me” different from the rest is that it’s author, Ron Miscavige, is the Scientology Chairman of the Board’s father.
The Church of Scientology is the brainchild of science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. He published “Dianetics” The Modern Science of Mental Health” in May of 1950. The formal Church of Scientology followed in December of 1953. Scientology is described on the church’s website as “a view of Man as a spiritual being.”
Some of the Hollywood celebrities making news with the church in the past include Tom Cruz, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Hollywood gossip claims that the church was one of the reasons that Katie Holmes, then Mrs. Tom Cruise, left him and filed for divorce. It was said that she didn’t want their daughter Suri, now 10, raised in the church. (Katie Holmes was raised Roman Catholic.)
The most famous and vocal departing celebrity in recent years is sitcom star Leah Remini. Leah’s departure was not ordinary as she was not a new convert to the Church of Scientology. She was raised in it. In 2015, she spoke to the Huffington Post about her own memoir, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” on the eve of its publication. She claims she sought out Ron Miscavige and encouraged him to tell his own story.
The new book will not be released until May 3rd. However, in pre-release publicity, Ron Miscavige has said that his son employs a “brutal approach to running the organization.” He also says he wasn’t always like that.
The Church of Scientology has fired back against the book and statements given by Ron Miscavige. Monique Yingling, an attorney who represents Scientology, called the memoir a “literary forgery.” “There seems to be no explanation except that his father is trying to make a buck off his name,” she said. “So I think there’s that level of sadness and I’m sure a sense of betrayal.”
If you’d like to learn more about “Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me” or about Scientology in general, follow these links.
- “Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige and Me”
- Leah Remini
- Church of Scientology
Ron Miscavige will be interviewed on Good Morning American, Friday, April 29. Later that evening, a full program will be devoted to the new book on ABC’s “20/20.” Please check your local listings for channel and air time.