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Leah Remini Reveals Why She Left Scientology

    February 27, 2014
    Heather Vecchioni
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Up until now, Leah Remini has been pretty quiet about her very public and very controversial split from Scientology. Even when prominent Scientologists like Kirstie Alley spoke out about the former King of Queens actress, Remini kept mum. Until now, that is.

Remini wants to set the record straight, and did so in an interview, in which she talked about her separation from the religion and why she did it. A lot of it had to do with her horrific introduction to the church and how that would affect her daughter, she says.

“We went from a middle-class lifestyle [in Brooklyn] to living in a roach-infested motel with six other girls off a freeway in Clearwater,” she stated. “We were separated from our mother. We had to sign billion-year contracts we didn’t understand. And we kept saying, ‘Why are you doing this to us? Why are we here?'”

Her past affects her and family now, as this is the time she would have to acclimate her nine-year-old daughter, Sofia, into the religion.

“I started thinking of my own childhood and how I grew up resenting my mother because she was never home. In my house, it’s family first, but I was spending most of my time at the church,” she explained. ”So, I was saying ‘family first,’ but I wasn’t showing that. I didn’t like the message that sent my daughter.”

Remini looked for help from other Scientology members, but was met with resistance. Although she received support from her mother, other friends weren’t so welcoming.

See what Kirstie Alley has to say about Remini:

“We had a chance to make a change from within, but they didn’t want to,” she said in the interview. “They only cared that their lives would be disrupted if they stood with me. They didn’t care about doing the right thing. That showed me everything the church taught me was a lie.”

The former Dancing With the Stars alum plans on writing a memoir in order to tell the truth about the religion.

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  • Thalia_Ghiglia

    Here is the full official Church statement:
    It really comes as no surprise that
    someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini, with an insatiable craving for
    attention, would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by
    rewriting her history with it, including omitting that she was
    participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice,
    as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses.

    Ms. Remini was not attending Church services for years. In fact, she
    was upset because no one in the Church was calling her or her family,
    going so far as to drag her daughter into the Church to insist upon
    being given special treatment. Sadly, this is the accurate, flip side of
    the events she now is spinning, which are absurd, insulting and
    motivated entirely by a desire to grab attention.
    The church is saddened that Ms. Remini now feels compelled to attack her former faith
    as if there is something wrong with a good work ethic, encouragement to
    live a drug free life, a happy childhood and strong family – all values
    she and countless others experience from the strong religious community
    in the Church.
    For accurate information on the
    Scientology religion, our beliefs and practices and the dynamic growth
    of the only new religion to emerge from the 20th century, see
    http://www.scientology.org.