May 30, 2017

A&E Creating Anti-religious Hate and Violence

When you sit in a room, as I have, and quietly listen to your 90-year-old mother talk about the KKK riding through a North Carolina town with torches, causing the kind of fear she as a young child had never before seen in the eyes of grownups around her; or heard your husband’s uncle describe himself as a 17-year-old boy in Auschwitz standing before and escaping from “Doctor of Death” Josef Mengele, you know that these activities started with widespread religious discrimination.

May 30, 2017

George W. Bodenheimer
Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks
New York, NY 10023

Dear Mr. Bodenheimer:

A&E’s decision to air the highly discriminatory and bigoted “show” on Scientology with Leah Remini and her sidekick Mike Rinder is neither “Art” nor “Entertainment.”

I personally knew Leah when she was a practicing Scientologist and she reached out to help include, and open Scientology doors to, Americans who are still discriminated against in the U.S. I am speaking of the African American and Hispanic communities.

So it is odd, to say the least, for her to do a 180 and spew horrific lies and statements about Scientology that if aimed at Roman Catholics (which I have been in the past) or Jewish people (my relatives because of marriage) or Christians, Muslims or Buddhists she would correctly be accused of religious hatred and discrimination.

It’s sad that she is no longer able to support herself as an actress and instead seeks the “30 pieces of silver,” much like Judas, to betray her former religion.

When you sit in a room, as I have, and quietly listen to your 90-year-old mother talk about the KKK riding through a North Carolina town with torches, causing the kind of fear she as a young child had never before seen in the eyes of grownups around her; or heard your husband’s uncle describe himself as a 17-year-old boy in Auschwitz standing before and escaping from “Doctor of Death” Josef Mengele, you know that these activities started with widespread religious discrimination. But then, as the discrimination campaign spread, it became “acceptable” to burn people’s houses, lynch them or throw them in concentration camps. That is the world we all vowed never to allow again, yet here you are, actively bringing it back by supporting the Leah Remini hate campaign.

Paul Buccieri, President of A&E Networks, is responsible and culpable for dragging Disney’s and the Hearst Corporation’s names into the mud with shows such as this. And now they plan a second series…

Please take a stand against today’s religious hate and so prevent a repeat of yesterday’s genocide and holocaust. This is precisely how they began.

Copy:
Jeffrey W. Hamill
Executive Vice President Hearst

Sincerely,
Caralyn Percy
Los Angeles, Calif.

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