The Church of Scientology has been the subject of numerous bombshell reports and award winning documentaries over the last couple of decades. These deep dives into the secretive organization have revealed many of their internal practices, organizational punishments, and leveled massive allegations of fraud and abuse.

Many are familiar with the 2016 series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which won multiple Emmy Awards. But the documentary film Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief won Emmy Awards, a Writers Guild Award, and even won a Peabody Award.

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These projects both take on the same subject material when it comes to Scientology; their alleged fraud and abuse. Both feature archived footage as well as first-hand witness accounts from former Scientologists, and even high-level Scientology leadership. The stories shared by both groups reflect one another, which lends to the credibility in the projects.

Across the world, the Church of Scientology has lost numerous court battles, and doesn't enjoy the same protections it gets in the United States. In the United States, the Church of Scientology enjoys tax exemption across the board under the IRS's 501(c)(3) code. However many believe this is an abuse of the IRS' policies. 

Even with many of the financial fraud allegations. the Church of Scientology got millions in PPP loans during the pandemic.

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There have been many high-profile celebrity members of the Church of Scientology. Including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Danny Masterson, Isaac Hayes, Doug E. Fresh, Nancy Cartwright, and many more. However there have been a large number of celebrities who have left the group as well. Many of those that have left shared similar accusations about the organization that were covered in the award winning documentaries. Some of those who have left are Nicole Kidman, Jerry Seinfeld, Katie Holmes, Jeffrey Tambor, and Brad Pitt among others.

So how close does the Church of Scientology come to Shreveport? There are a couple of Scientology churches in Louisiana, however neither of those are the closest to Shreveport. The two cities in Louisiana with Scientology compounds are Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

In a very interesting scenario, the Mayor's offices in multiple Louisiana city's have embraced the organization while it grapples with its multiple controversies. That includes the Office of Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome, and the Mayor of Opelousas who even declared a day in honor of the group.

But none of those compounds are the closest Scientology location to Shreveport. That is actually in Dallas. Much like in Louisiana, local elected officials also embraced the group, even with all of the allegations against them, as they opened their new location in the Dallas area. The main difference in Texas we found was that state-wide government officials came out in support of the group, unlike in Louisiana. At least that we found while researching.

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