Celebs spring to Scientology’s defense

A who’s who of Hollywood is protesting German attitudes towards the Church of Scientology in an open letter to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the Jan. 9 edition of the International Herald Tribune.

Echoing a letter to the New York Times in October, more than 30 industry luminaries, including John Calley, Dustin Hoffman, Sherry Lansing and Oliver Stone, signed the letter, which compares anti-Scientology attitudes with the early persecution of Jews by the Nazis.

The letter notes that Scientologists are banned from political life in Germany and that, “like the book burning” of the Nazi era, extremists in Kohl’s CDU party have sought to ban performances by prominent Scientologists like Tom Cruise, whose “Mission: Impossible” sparked demonstrations over the summer.

Kohl’s reaction? He describes the letter writers as not having any “idea about Germany and not wanting to have an idea.”

More Scene

  • Ryan Murphy Pose

    Ryan Murphy on 'Showrunning as Advocacy' and the Post-Me Too 'Age of Enlightenment'

    A who’s who of Hollywood is protesting German attitudes towards the Church of Scientology in an open letter to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the Jan. 9 edition of the International Herald Tribune. Echoing a letter to the New York Times in October, more than 30 industry luminaries, including John Calley, Dustin Hoffman, Sherry Lansing […]

  • 'The Sinner' film premiere

    Jessica Biel Closes Her Kid-Friendly Au Fudge Restaurant

    A who’s who of Hollywood is protesting German attitudes towards the Church of Scientology in an open letter to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the Jan. 9 edition of the International Herald Tribune. Echoing a letter to the New York Times in October, more than 30 industry luminaries, including John Calley, Dustin Hoffman, Sherry Lansing […]

  • Comedy Converstion with L to R:

    Just for Laughs Festival Honors Tiffany Haddish, Hannah Gadsby, More

    A who’s who of Hollywood is protesting German attitudes towards the Church of Scientology in an open letter to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the Jan. 9 edition of the International Herald Tribune. Echoing a letter to the New York Times in October, more than 30 industry luminaries, including John Calley, Dustin Hoffman, Sherry Lansing […]

  • Paul Krassner Memoir Illustration

    Paul Krassner on Resisting With Humor

    A who’s who of Hollywood is protesting German attitudes towards the Church of Scientology in an open letter to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the Jan. 9 edition of the International Herald Tribune. Echoing a letter to the New York Times in October, more than 30 industry luminaries, including John Calley, Dustin Hoffman, Sherry Lansing […]

  • Just for Laughs Festival Montreal

    Just for Laughs Festival Is the Coachella of Comedy

    A who’s who of Hollywood is protesting German attitudes towards the Church of Scientology in an open letter to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the Jan. 9 edition of the International Herald Tribune. Echoing a letter to the New York Times in October, more than 30 industry luminaries, including John Calley, Dustin Hoffman, Sherry Lansing […]

  • National Comedy Center Set To Open

    National Comedy Center Set To Open During Lucille Ball Fest

    A who’s who of Hollywood is protesting German attitudes towards the Church of Scientology in an open letter to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the Jan. 9 edition of the International Herald Tribune. Echoing a letter to the New York Times in October, more than 30 industry luminaries, including John Calley, Dustin Hoffman, Sherry Lansing […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content