A U.K. publisher is ignoring threats of a lawsuit filed over the publication of a tell-all book by the father of David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology. Also in religion and spirituality news, author Mark Satin answers questions about his 40-year-old book, New Age and Politics, which is being re-released this month. Here is more on what’s happening in the industry today.
Ruthless: Scientology, My Son, David Miscavige, and Me, written by Ron Miscavige, is under fire from the author’s son, David Miscavige, who is the chairman of the board of the Religious Technology Center— also known as the leader of the Church of Scientology. Miscavige is seeking a defamation lawsuit against his father’s publisher, U.K.-based Silvertail Books, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Marjorie Ingall of Tablet Magazine penned an appeal directed at her readers to stop censoring children’s books. She cited a long history of the censorship of Jewish books before urging parents to stop avoiding honest discussions about sensitive subjects, closing her piece by saying, “Jews, of all people, should understand that banning books stifles freedom.”
Forty years after it was originally published, Mark Satin’s book on spirituality and the political sphere, New Age and Politics, is being updated and re-released, and the author sat down with the Huffington Post to talk about it.
Christian bestselling author Jen Hatmaker caused a stir by encouraging her over 500,000 Facebook fans to “open wide their arms, wide their churches, wide their tables, wide their homes to the LGBT community.” Acknowledging the risk of “cost and loss,” the author of For the Love added, “LGBT gang and all those who love you: You are loved and special and wanted and needed.”