Paul Haggis Resigns From Scientology, Blames Gay-Bashing

Director, Paul Haggis, has ended his 35-year membership with Scientology and Gawker has obtained the resignation letter drafted by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker. Citing the church’s support of Proposition 8 and its distaste for homosexuality as his reasons for leaving, the director of Crash labels the organization as behaving in a manner that is “cowardly.”

In the letter, Haggis also points a finger at the church for its custom of completely cutting off members who have chosen to leave the organization,  spokespeople for Scientology–a practice representatives for the group consistently deny is standard practice.

The legitimacy of the letter has been confirmed by former Scientology member, Marty Rathburn. Haggis summarizes his position by writing, “Frankly, I had to look no further than your refusal to denounce the church’s anti-gay stance, and the indefensible actions, and inactions, of those who condone this behavior within the organization.”

Can someone get Tom Cruise for an interview on the matter? Matt Lauer, perhaps?

Gallery Info: Paul Haggis
at the Artists for Peace and Justice Kick-Off Party at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.