Leah Remini has apparently had enough of Scientology ... so familiar ...

by Bella15 4 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Bella15

    The former King of Queens star has left the Church of Scientology, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

    On Thursday, The New York Post initially reported that Remini had decided to quit the controversial religion, citing a source's claim that the 43-year-old actress had been subjected to years of "interrogations" and "thought modification."

    The New York Post's source added that Remini decided to cease being a parishioner, in part, because of policies preventing members to question the leadership of David Miscavige.

    When asked for a comment, a rep for the Church of Scientology told E! News: "The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member."

    Former Scientoloigist Mike Rinder wrote on his blog earlier this week that when she attended the 2006 wedding of Scientologist Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Remini inquired as to why Miscavige's wife, Shelly, was not there.

    Rinder then claimed that ex-Scientology Celebrity Centre head Tommy Davis immediately reprimanded Remini, saying, "You don't have the f--king rank to ask about Shelly."

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the Church of Scientology has denounced Rinder as unreliable and has repeatedly cautioned reporters about relying on him as a source."

    Of course, Remini isn't the first famous face to leave the church. Others include Nicole Kidman and writer-directorPaul Haggis.

    Earlier this year, Haggis appeared on Today to reveal why he walked away after being a member for more than 30 years.

    "I was ashamed of my own stupidity, of how I could have been so blind for so many years," he said.

    While Haggis admitted that Scientology did help him early on, over time he began to wonder what the Church really stood for and began doing some research.

    Haggis said he came across articles that made allegations of abuse at the highest levels of the Church, of physical violence and reports of children being forced to work 12 to 16 hours a day.

    The Church of Scientology, however, denied the allegations of abuse and insisted there is no evidence to support such claims.

    UPDATE: Remini later issued a statement to People: "I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and from fans around the world. I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support."

  • rocketman

    Interesting, good for her!

    And yes, familiar indeed...

  • Gopher

    Thanks for the update. We started a similar topic over here, some interesting comments FYI:


  • Las Malvinas son Argentinas
    Las Malvinas son Argentinas

    This has been subject to contradictory information at first. When the rumour first started, her husband stated that it was untrue. Her subsequent statement to the press is revealing. Notice how she was careful not to mention Scientology by name. She doesn't want to draw the wrath of their active legal team, nor does she want to poison herself with active Scientologists by associating with Rinder. They are losing members like crazy. I didn't even know that Lisa Marie Presley had left last year until I read the article about Remini. They have million dollar facilities scattered around the world that are practically empty and unused. This is exciting to watch!

  • Gopher

    Hi Las Malvinas:

    One way the Scientology organization is similar to the Watchtower corporation is that they both are real-estate titans. We have such a "million dollar Scientology facility" here in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA where I live. It's the last of their big buildings pictured here in this link:


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