Janet Reitman: author of Inside Scientology (The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion)07/18/11 Robert Lorei
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Scientology, a religion founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard describes itself as the worldâ€™s fastest growing religion. The Church of Scientology is a significant player locallyâ€”owning significant amounts of real estate in Clearwater and Ybor City.
For years the church has been embroiled in scandal. Some describe it as a cult. But faithful Scientologists say the church has helped them. The Church has been embroiled in many local controversiesâ€”the secret way it came to Clearwater, the Lisa MacPherson case- where a parishioner died while in church custody, recent protests outside church spiritual headquarters in Clearwater buy the group Anonymous.
Weâ€™re joined now by Janet Reitman, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone Magazine who has written a brand new book called Inside Scientology, the Story of Americaâ€™s Most Secretive Religion. Reitman has interviewed hundreds of current and former members and has written what she describes as the first objective book about Scientology.