Actress Leah Remini has decided to leave the Church of Scientology after a 30-year relationship. According to a Thursday report in the New York Post, Remini left the church because she disagreed with several of the church’s policies and was scolded for questioning the church leader, David Miscavige.
Apparently, Remini was questioned by the church several times, blacklisted within the church and put through “thought modification” for five years before her final decision to leave. The church is said to have followers “disconnect” from family members deemed “suppressive persons” if they choose to leave the church, according to the New York Post. Remini did not agree with this policy either.
A rep from the church denied Remini’s allegations in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member,” the rep said.
Leah Remini isn’t the first celebrity to leave L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial faith. Arrested Development’s Jeffrey Tambor, actress Demi Moore, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and director-screenwriter Paul Haggis have all left the church and were public about their decision.
It’s interesting that many of the celebrities that are members of the Church of Scientology eventually leave the church. It’s hard to know what really goes on unless you are a member, but to each his own, I say!
You can catch Leah Remini on the King of Queens on CW44 every night at 6PM.
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