Leah Remini Talks About Scientology

    February 28, 2014
    Tina Volpe
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Leah Remini, 43, the former King of Queens star and Dancing With The Stars contestant, has been extremely vocal about her relationship to the Church of Scientology since the announcement that she was leaving the organization in June 2013.

She has been making headlines for leaving the controversial religion after reportedly facing “years of interrogations” and “thought modification”, and for questioning the leader of Scientology, David Miscavige.

What wasn’t revealed, was that she had issues with the Church, and in questioning the leader, David Miscavige, according to several sources close to the actress, she was required to go through extensive “security checks,” which is a practice of intensive personal questioning.

In a recent interview with People she revealed her personal reasons for leaving the church after a more than three decade relationship.

“I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues and fans,” Remini, said in a statement.


She revealed even more information about her near life long experience with the church, as well as her reasons for leaving, in an interview with E News:

“We went from a middle-class lifestyle [in Brooklyn, N.Y.] to living in a roach-infested motel with six other girls off a freeway in Clearwater,” Remini recalled of her family’s transition to the church’s compound in Clearwater, Fla., in 1983. She was just about to turn ten years old.

“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?’

And further, she explains about her hardships during her “time” in the organization, “We were working from morning until night with barely any schooling. There was no saying no. There was no being tired. There was no, ‘I’m a little girl who just lost her father and everything I’ve ever known.’ There was only, ‘Get it done.’”

But according to Remini, her biggest reason for leaving the organization, was that she did not want her daughter to repeat the life she experienced.

In a Buzzfeed interview, Remini explained that she decided to leave the church for the well being of her 9-year-old daughter, Sofia.

“She was getting to the age where the acclimation into the church would have to start,” said the actress.

What is most disturbing about this organization is the implications of what an insider said, “stepping away from Scientology will be challenging, but she will fight.”

In what universe is it a fight to walk away from a religious organization? It sounds much more like a cult.

Images via Wikimedia Commons, YouTube

  • Thalia_Ghiglia

    Here is the official Church statement in its entirety–much different story than Ms. Remini’s:
    It 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.
    We are
    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