"I Refuse To Consent"
An open letter from movie director Paul Haggis to Super Adventure Club spokesman, Tommy Davis, who walked off ABC's Nightline set when asked to respond to questions about the doctrines of the Super Adventure Club. It's occasioned by the sect's public opposition to marriage equality in the Prop 8 fight but clearly resonates more deeply. Money quote:
I was online doing research and chanced upon an interview clip with you on CNN. The interview lasted maybe ten minutes it was just you and the newscaster. And in it I saw you deny the church’s policy of disconnection. You said straight-out there was no such policy, that it did not exist.
I was shocked. We all know this policy exists. I didn’t have to search for verification I didn’t have to look any further than my own home.
You might recall that my wife was ordered to disconnect from her parents because of something absolutely trivial they supposedly did twenty-five years ago when they resigned from the church.
This is a lovely retired couple, never said a negative word about Scientology to me or anyone else I know hardly raving maniacs or enemies of the church. In fact it was they who introduced my wife to Scientology.
Although it caused her terrible personal pain, my wife broke off all contact with them. I refused to do so. I’ve never been good at following orders, especially when I find them morally reprehensible.
For a year and a half, despite her protestations, my wife did not speak to her parents and they had limited access to their grandchild. It was a terrible time.
That’s not ancient history, Tommy. It was a year ago.
And you could laugh at the question as if it was a joke? You could publicly state that it doesn’t exist?
To see you lie so easily, I am afraid I had to ask myself: what else are you lying about?