Scientology Questions for Janet Reitman

The author of Inside Scientology discusses the impressive Scientology schools, the church’s efforts to recruit African-Americans, and why celebrities don’t help bring new followers.

By Jessica Grose

Janet Reitman. Click image to expand.Rolling Stone contributing editor Janet Reitman didn’t know much about Scientology when she started researching the religion back in 2005 for the magazine. Since her original article, "Inside Scientology," ran in March of 2006, Reitman has spent more than five years researching the history of the church and its mercurial founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The result is Reitman’s meaty, engaging new book Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion. Reitman came to the Slate offices for an hour-long chat about Scientology’s current, controversial leader, David Miscavige; the church’s celebrity marketing strategy; and the impressive poise of children who attend Scientology-based schools.

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