Actress Leah Remini Exposes Scientology

January 19, 2017

Clearwater, Florida is the international spiritual headquarters for Scientology. The building in this photo is just one of the many that comprises of the Scientology Spiritual Headquarters.

Credit: Delaney Lambert (used with permission)

Clearwater, Florida is the international spiritual headquarters for Scientology. The building in this photo is just one of the many that comprises of the Scientology Spiritual Headquarters.

For 35 years, King and Queens actress, Leah Remini, was an advocate for Scientology. Scientology is a controversial religious cult that focuses on the spirit and based around the concept that “man is basically good, and that his spiritual salvation depends upon himself, his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.”

Unfortunately, those who feel they have been manipulated and abused are punished by the Church. Also, those who decide to leave the Church are labeled as enemies and there are consequences to speaking out against the Church, such as losing one’s family. Often, the Church of Scientology has the families of former parishioners shun their own family members.

Freshman Sarah Munera supports Remini and says, “Even though the Scientology religion tells its members what to do and what not to do, it goes against our free will and freedoms as American citizens.”

After feeling emotionally and spiritually abused by the Church of Scientology, Remini uses her platform to give a voice to the less high-profile victims of the harmful practices of this organization. Their disturbing stories of participating in the Church and the significant effects are shared in her television series on A&E, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, as she allows viewers to gain perspective of the dangers, both mentally and physically, in taking part in the religion. In her show, Remini dives deeper into the topic and explores major accusations about the Sea Organization that the Church of Scientology would say are lies.

Sophomore Isabella Leandri says, “I think Leah is trying to use her status as a platform to raise awareness since she was very affected by Scientology. I think she wants to help prevent people from going into it because she felt brainwashed and when she left, they terrorized her.”

Below are a few claims made about the Church of Scientology that are addressed in Remini’s show:

  1. A member may marry, however they may not raise children; the members dedicate their lives to serving the Church of Scientology and to self-realization.
  2. There are, indeed, interrogation sessions in which Scientology officials vigorously question members whether they may or may not have considered a serious crime. These sessions can charge up to hundreds of dollars per hour.
  3. Scientology claims that they have the technology to get a member to the highest enlightenment of one’s spiritual side.
  4. One must be excommunicated if they openly question the Church’s beliefs. Scientology’s upper management disallows for the former member to see or talk to their families ever again.
  5. If anything serious goes on, such as statutory rape, it is dealt with by the Church and no other outside party. According to Mike Rinder, a former international spokesman of the Church who had been interviewed during the show, Scientologists believe that the judicial system is corrupt and never resolves conflict.
  6. The IRS granted tax exemption to Scientology in 1993. As a result, many members began to feel secure in the Church because they felt acknowledged as a real religion. With this exemption, Scientology has been able to gain power and steal an obscene amount of money from its parishoners.

The Church of Scientology does not take Remini’s promoting lightly and has reported time after time about her false allegations. She has also been accused of doing the show as a publicity stunt to earn money.

Junior Emma Heston says, “[Remini] is very successful and not desperate for money. She is sharing other people’s stories along with her own so people do not make the same mistake.”

Through her show on A&E, Leah Remini has initiated a conversation about the issues dealing with Scientology with a larger audience than it has seen before.


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