Paul Haggis is best known as the Academy Award-winning writer and director of the 2004’s Crash aka the Love Actually: Racist Edition. He’s not as well known for his dance moves but trust me, dude does a sick robot. Anyhow, the writer/director/dance-fiend is in the news today because he has decided to end his 35 year relationship with Scientology. Incensed that the San Diego’s branch of the Church has supported Propostion 8, the anti-gay marriage ballot, Haggis wrote an angry letter to church spokesman Tommy Davis.
Here is an excerpt of the controversial letter:
Oops. Sorry I paraphrased. Here’s the actually excerpt:
“As you know, for ten months now I have been writing to ask you to make a public statement denouncing the actions of the Church of Scientology of San Diego. […] I called and wrote and implored you, as the official spokesman of the church, to condemn their actions. I told you I could not, in good conscience, be a member of an organization where gay-bashing was tolerated. […] The church’s refusal to denounce the actions of these bigots, hypocrites and homophobes is cowardly. I can think of no other word. Silence is consent, Tommy. I refuse to consent.”
Many members of Hollywood were very vocal in their opposition to Prop 8. Will Haggis’s leaving the Church inspire others to jump ship or will it inspire Hollywood to turn its back on Paul Haggis? When making your decision please note that unlike Xenu, Haggis doesn’t have his own spacecraft. I think he has a Saab or something. [THR]