Jason Lee quoted as saying he does not practice Scientology

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  1. Jason Lee quoted as saying he does not practice Scientology.

    Jason Lee lives in Denton, Texas. He was interviewed by a local Denton blog, The Detonite. The relevant excerpt is below. For reference,

    The Detonite: Checking In With Jason Lee

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    SEP 16

    Checking In With Jason Lee


    Jason Lee and his family have been living in Denton for a little over a year now, and we thought it’d be swell to check in with him, see what he's been up to.

    I met Lee around this time last year and in the time we’ve known each other, he’s been extremely helpful on a creative level. Lee isn’t afraid to talk through ideas to make sure the right one fits. He has been extremely helpful to me as a friend throughout the last year by providing me with honest and candid feedback and discussion.

    The Dentonite’s Art Director, Shaina Sheaff, went to visit Lee at his studio earlier this week to take his portrait. The two of them had met and talked briefly one time before. I watched them work together to create the frame for the portrait, and it was so refreshing. When Sheaff realized her camera was not working properly, Lee readily offered his up for use.

    “It's the absolute worst feeling to have your Land Camera poop out as you're going to photograph someone who is a master of film photography,” Sheaff says. “Jason could have easily supplied us with any number of stellar portraits of himself to use. Instead, he handed me his camera - loaded with his film.”

    “He took the time to help make sure I got the shot and that it was done right,” Sheaff says. “The kindness and generosity he showed in doing such a simple thing spoke to me. I truly believe we need more people with that kind of heart here in our creative family in Denton. It's an honor to be invited into the workspace of an artist you admire. It's an even bigger treat to have them take the time to help you create something that isn't mediocre.”

    At any rate, Jason Lee is doing some really cool work around town and wants to continue to work in and bring great things to Denton. Here's what he's been up to:


    TD: Tell me your experience as 1/5th owner of Barley & Board? For the record, what other businesses do you own - even partial stake in - around Denton?

    JL: I was asked by Pulido and Sparky if I wanted to help co-design Barley & Board and of course I said yes. It's such a cool space, and one that has certainly helped bring life back to the square, along with a lot of other cool things that are happening around downtown. Lots of good people here trying to contribute to bringing some energy back to downtown, and I think what guys like Sparky are doing to invest in his hometown is amazing. Revitalizing old spaces and giving them new life is definitely a positive thing. 'Progressing while preserving Denton' seems to be a theme here.

    You see a lot of that here; locals investing in the heart of this place. It's a beautiful thing, especially considering how much Denton's perimeter is being overdeveloped. Bearded Monk is cool, and the food truck scene behind Eastside, Oak Street Draft House, Harvest House, Paschall Bar, 940's, LSA, Denton Skate Supply being at the old Gulf Station, Denton Camera Exchange, the film photography scene, Denton Music Workshop, the record stores, the music festivals. All the murals around downtown. All good stuff to experience. There's an energy here now. When I first started coming to Denton in 2004 the square was all but dead. It's nice to see people out and about and in what feels like a very new way. I think Denton is benefiting from it.

    Aside from my small slice of B&B, I have no ownership in any other businesses. While I'd be happy to take credit for these amazing places, I don't in fact own West Oak Coffee Bar, or Earl's, or 940's, etc. And I have nothing to do with Rubber Gloves or any other venues or businesses closing down. If Ceren and I had an idea for a business, it certainly wouldn't happen at the cost of someone else's. And being that we don't practice Scientology, and that we aren't particularly interested in opening religious centers in general, we have no plans to open a Scientology center. Quite a few rumors about me/us floating around but none of it's true. We're not here to buy up or change or take over Denton, put some kind of personal stamp on it. We're just here like anyone else who wants to be a part of Denton's very cool creative community, and to be involved and perhaps help where we can.

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  2. Tony Ortega now has the story that Jason Lee is out of Scientology.

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    Jason Lee confirms he’s out

    In our April story about Lucia Ribisi, our source who is close to that family told us that not only is Lucia out of Scientology, but so is the actor Jason Lee — which is part of why he moved last year to Denton, Texas, to get away from Scientology’s influence. (There’s something about Texas and exes.)

    Today, The Dentonite blog quotes Jason confirming that he’s out:

    If Ceren and I had an idea for a business, it certainly wouldn’t happen at the cost of someone else’s. And being that we don’t practice Scientology, and that we aren’t particularly interested in opening religious centers in general, we have no plans to open a Scientology center.

    We had some interaction with Jason several years ago, and he expressed a willingness to talk to us then. Hey, Jason, drop us a line! Let’s talk!

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  3. RightOn Member

    Holy crap, if this guy gets in?
    What a babbling moron. I am happy he got up to speak because he sounded like a complete and utter nervous moron.
    Always attack and never defend, couldn't have been more true. He was following the tech.
    Thanks Clay!
    Now be a good boy and go do some clay demos. heh heh

  4. Looks like you posted in the wrong thread, RO.
  5. RightOn Member

    for a minute I thought you were right, but if you read Tony's article above the beginning of the article is about Clay Bock
  6. RightOn Member

    Wonder if Ethan Suplee, Jason's sidekick from "My Name is Earl" (God, IHATED that show)
    is going to follow suit?
    Ethan's latest venture (not a big part at all) was that he was in the made for TV series about the mob. Ironic much?

    As far a Lee goes, I have to wonder if the whole thing with his ex had anything to do with his latest comment about no longer practicing Scientology.
    That is a pretty bold public statement and DM can't be happy about it. Will there be fall out from that? Declared? any disconnections?
    I can almost add him to the list for that comment. lol
    Wonder if he is still trapped n the mind fuck tho?
    Maybe he will come forward some day.

    Looks like his wife Ceren is not in completions?
    So Jason never went clear? His completions shows only courses. Three marriage courses, two purif and others. Not clear. Not OT.
    Shows that he was an Impact Sponsor twice.
  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    With Jason Lee out, what does it mean for Scientology’s tightest celebrity clique?

    By Tony Ortega, September 17, 2016


    Well, we told you this was probably the case. Jason Lee confirmed yesterday to a Denton, Texas blog that he and his wife “don’t practice Scientology” and aren’t interested in opening any Scientology centers in their new adopted hometown.

    In other words, Jason Lee is out, joining Leah Remini, Lisa Marie Presley, Paul Haggis, and Jason Beghe in the growing tide of celebrities ditching the celebrity-obsessed organization.

    Continued here:
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  8. No worries, was just the thread title that made me think 'Eh? Jason's not running for office, is he?'.
  9. RightOn Member

    Well it looks like Ortega answered my question about Suplee.
    I REALLY hope Vonnie gets out. I have been wishing for this for YEARS.
    Of course I wish they all would leave.
    Even though Vonnie once said he knew that "the COS had a dark underbelly" or something like that, I can't remember.
    I was annoyed he stayed in after saying that. But I am sure his family has everything to do with him staying in. Well at least his sister left.
    GO VONNIE! you can do it!
  10. The Wrong Guy Member

    “My Name Is Earl” Star Jason Lee Joins Leah Remini, Paul Haggis: “We don’t practice Scientology” | Showbiz411

    Lee leaving Scientology is a big deal. He’s been in the cult since he started as an actor.

    Jason Lee quit Scientology and moved to Texas | Wonderwall

    Only time will tell if Jason Lee opens up about his decision to quit Scientology much like Leah Remini has since she parted ways with the religion back in 2013.
  11. RightOn Member

    ha ha! keep them coming
  12. 'We don't practise Scientology': My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee quits controversial religion.

    The excerpt below may provide information regarding what may, or may not, have been behind Jason Lee leaving Scientology.

    Daily Mail: 'We don't practise Scientology': My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee quits controversial religion

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    Jason, 46, and his second wife Ceren married in 2008. They were rumoured to have split last year, with reports that his commitment to Scinetology had come between them.

    However it appears the two are now back together, and living with their children in Texas.

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  13. Alienated! Another Major Star Escapes Scientology’s Grip.

    Radar Online: Alienated! Another Major Star Escapes Scientology’s Grip

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    “We don’t practice Scientology, and that we aren’t particularly interested in opening religious centers in general, we have no plans to open a Scientology center,” Lee confessed to The Dentonite, a blog covering issues in Denton, Texas.

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  14. Entertainment Tonight: ‘My Name Is Earl’ Star Jason Lee Quits Scientology

    The same hint, noted in an article above, concerning why Jason Lee may have left Scientology:

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    The “My Name Is Earl” star and Alkac married in 2008, but there were rumours of a split due to Lee’s devotion to the controversial religion. The pair have since made ameds.

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  15. DeathHamster Member

    I thought his wife Ceren was a never-was?
  16. My understanding is that Ceren was a never was. The sentence Radar Online sentence was worded poorly, or perhaps Radar Online believes that "refused to join" = turned her back.
  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    Actor Jason Lee Leaves Church Of Scientology After Moving To Small Texas Town | Inquisitr

    My Name Is Earl Star Jason Lee Ditched Scientology | Jezebel

    Jason Lee Has Left The Church Of Scientology | LAist

    Now that Lee is considered a Suppressive Person, we can only assume that his friendship with Giovanni Ribisi is toast.

    Sitcom Star Jason Lee & Wife Quit Scientology! | OK! Magazine
  18. Another article indicating that Jason Lee may have left Scientology to save his marriage, but with a bit more detail.

    Inquistr: Actor Jason Lee Leaves Church Of Scientology After Moving To Small Texas Town

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    Even though Jason Lee assures Denton that he’s left the Church of Scientology for good, rumors were reported last year that his commitment to Scientology also split up his second marriage. Hubmesh actually reported in December, 2015, that Jason Lee and Ceren Alkac were divorcing after seven years of marriage due to conflicts related to Scientology. But Lee now appears to be living happily in Denton with his wife, Ceren, and their two children, Sonny and Casper. Lee says that even though there have been quite a few rumors about them “floating around,” they moved to Denton to be involved and help where they can.

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  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    Jason Lee Is No Longer A Scientologist | Dlisted


    Once one of the more visible followers of the Thetan fun time religious cult known as Scientology (he reportedly disconnected” with a wife over his former faith), Jason Lee has revealed that he is no longer on board L. Ron Hubbard’s volcano spaceship. In an interview with Denton, Texas’ culture blog The Dentonite, Jason let it slip that he doesn’t have to pretend like Tom Cruise is a god of wisdom anywhere. He can openly be glib!


    t sounds like there’s some Mallrats nay-sayers amongst Denton’s social scene. They should chill, because Jason could have brought Anne Archer and the rest of the L. Ron Hubbard stans and Denton could have ended up like Clearwater, Florida. THAT town is HQ for the Tom Cruise Church of Present-Day Taints!

    This is good news for Lee. Because anyone who would named their son Pilot Inspektor sounds like they might like to have fun now and then. Scientologists sound like they don’t have a lot of time for fun what with the having to fork over huge amounts of $$$ to the church, strangely ignoring/worshipping crying children on bathroom floors, and contending with deluded neckbeards like Danny Masterson.
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  20. I wanted to note that many news articles are referring, quoting portions of, and/or linking to Carmen Llywelyn's Gawker article about the effect of Scientology on her marriage to Jason Lee.

    A large number of new organizations have picked up the story now.
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  21. Jason Lee's Scientology exit sign of church's decline, former member says.

    Article quotes Carmen Llywelyn and Chris Shelton.

    Fox News: Jason Lee's Scientology exit sign of church's decline, former member says

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    Former high-ranking Scientologist Chris Shelton said the church has been skeptical of celebrity endorsements since Tom Cruise’s media whirlwind in 2005, when he infamously jumped on Oprah Winfrey’s couch, and had a painful interview with Matt Lauer.

    “They made a tactical decision to not use a celebrity to endorse the church,” Shelton said. “They made a decision to put a muzzle on them. We haven’t seen a prominent celeb in at least five to seven years. Tom Cruise wanted to be the savior of Scientology, but instead convinced everybody he was nuts.”

    Shelton said Lee had no choice but to publicly deny the rumors he was starting a Scientology facility in his new home state.

    “I feel like Jason Lee left (the church) a while ago, and started a new life and finally felt safe to say he left,” Shelton said. “He had to say that so people knew he wasn’t a part of the religion anymore.”

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  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    SCIENTOLOGY’S TOP 20 CELEBRITIES — in order of those most likely to defect

    By Tony Ortega, September 26, 2016

    Now that Jason Lee has confirmed what we’ve suspected for a long time — that he’s out of Scientology — we’re naturally getting questions from readers wondering who among the church’s glittering celebrities will be next to jump ship.

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