INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY, a two-hour
special for A&E Network, is the most thorough look to date at
America's most controversial religion. The film focuses special
attention on the church's contentious relationship with the media
and the organization's unusual policy of relentlessly attacking
Journalists interviewed in the film recount their stories of trying
to investigate the church, and experiencing the allegedly defunct
"Fair Game" policy, which church administrators say gives
members carte blanche to investigate and harass all those who examine
The film also looks at the 50-year evolution of the church and
its eccentric founder, the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
While Scientology's celebrity devotees John Travolta and Isaac Hayes
rapturously extol the virtues of Hubbard's teachings, critics accuse
him of founding an organization that mistreats its parishioners,
evades taxes and takes advantage of the lost and lonely.
The Church's normally reclusive leader, David Miscavige--who prior
to this film had not sat for an interview in 7 years--also makes
an appearance, claiming that Scientology's more draconian policies
have been done away with and the church is now focused on the dissemination
of the organization's message, not muzzling its critics. The result
is an explosive and informative dialogue between Scientology and
its critics, a revealing look at an organization that remains an
enduring subject of fascination and controversy.