In case anyone is interested, I was surprised to find (while reading the Wikipedia article on Gore Vidal) this paragraph. The rights of German Scientologists In 1997, Gore Vidal was one of thirty-four public intellectuals and celebrities who signed an open-letter addressed to Helmut Kohl, the Chancellor of Germany, published in the International Herald Tribune, protesting the treatment of Scientologists in Germany. Despite that stance as a dispassionate intellectual, Gore Vidal was fundamentally critical of Scientology as religion. I went looking for the other 33 signatories to this letter, and the first article I came upon that bore this information was this one. I thought there were some interesting names on the list that might be worth sharing. ETA: On the same Wiki page there's this quote from Vidal himself- nothing to do with why I originally posted, but quite topical given the situation in the world today. "A characteristic of our present chaos is the dramatic migration of tribes. They are on the move from east to west, from south to north. Liberal tradition requires that borders must always be open to those in search of safety, or even the pursuit of happiness. But now, with so many millions of people on the move, even the great-hearted are becoming edgy. Norway is large enough and empty enough to take in 40 to 50 million homeless Bengalis. If the Norwegians say that, all in all, they would rather not take them in, is this to be considered racism? I think not. It is simply self-preservation, the first law of species".