The Church of Scientology has produced a 51-page magazine in an attempt to discredit an article by The New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright.The magazine, which looks like a New Yorker parody and was distributed outside Condé Nast headquarters last summer, calls Wright’s 24,000-word article an “odyssey to nowhere.”
The New Yorker article was critical of the religion and included details about the rumoured disappearance of Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife.
The Scientologist magazine responded with a list of grievances, including:
- The initial batch of statements, assertions and questions submitted to the Church to fact check totaled 971; of these, 569 were entirely false.
- Lest anyone think eviscerating more than half the supposed facts means the other half was true—those that remained (36%) included such banal facts as the correct and full title of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, if it was authored by L. Ron Hubbard and when the Church of Scientology was founded.
- Only seven fact-checking “questions” focused on Church expansion (0.7%) and just one question focused on Church social betterment programs (0.1%).
Scientologists also took issue with the fact that Wright never visited the church’s New York location, located 5 minutes from his office.
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