The movie Going Clear is creating chaos in the Church of Scientology. Click through RadarOnline.com’s gallery to find out some of the big secrets the film exposes.
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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief follows the stories of eight former believers of the religion that was created by sci-fi writer L Ron Hubbard.
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Mike Rinder was raised in Scientology from the time he was six years old, and he eventually became the religion's chief spokesman. He reveals in the movie that he left Scientology after he spent over a year in "the hole," a Scientology facility that was used for disciplining members.
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Rinder claimed that he and other executives in the church were confined to "the hole" for extended periods of time.
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There are allegations in Going Clear that Scientology often comes between family members when one is an unbeliever — also known as "suppressive persons."
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Going Clear blasts famous Scientology members like John Travolta and Tom Cruise for not actively trying to influence some of the religions more questionable practices.
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Former members of the Church of Scientology often complain about intimidation. Meanwhile, the church has slammed the film's subjects as "bitter, vengeful apostates" who are on a "one-sided false diatribe."
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Scientologists have also been very vocal about denying the film's claims that members are subject to emotional or physical abuse, including confinement, which they prefer to refer to as "ecclesiastical discipline."
Going Clear director Alex Gibney reveals that several of the people involved with his movie have been followed by private investigators.
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Former members of the church admit they are still conflicted about speaking out after so many years of faithfully following Scientology's beliefs. "I spent a lot of time on the idea of auditing because it's a kind of talking cure," Gibney says.
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So the beginning of the film, people talk their way in," he reveals. "By the end, they talk their way out. Speaking out has become their way of not only leaving the church but helping others who might be suffering under the abuses. The idea of speaking out is fundamental to the film."
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"Everything about Scientology isn't bad," Rinder reveals of the controversial religion that's exposed in Going Clear.
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He adds: "It's the boiling frog problem of you start with something, it seems kind of nice. You're in the pot of water. It's kind of cool in here. But the heat keeps turning up and turning up and turning up. And pretty soon you're a boiled frog."
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"The goal was to get enough people that it emboldened others who would know they wouldn't be in this alone," journalist Lawrence Wright says of making Going Clear. "There was a lot of fear and a lot of tears in reporting this story."