LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI)—Canadian director
Paul Haggis has left the Church of Scientology in a dispute over the church’s support of a ban on homosexual marriages, his spokesman said.
CNN said Haggis demanded the church denounce the actions of its San Diego congregation, which allegedly came out in favor of Proposition 8, a California referendum that stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry in the state.
French Scientology group convicted of fraud
Reporting from Paris – A French court on Tuesday convicted the Church of Scientology here of fraud, fining the branch $888,000 for swindling former members, but stopped short of shutting down the group.
French Scientology leader Alain Rosenberg was also convicted of fraud and received a two-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of $44,000.
With its judgment, the court warned, “Be careful . . . next time, justice won’t let you go if you continue using the same methods,” said Olivier Morice, a lawyer for civil parties in the case.
The case was brought to court after complaints by former Scientologists who said they were manipulated into paying the group between $30,000 and $73,000 in exchange for ritual products.