Leah Remini Scientology: Actress Leaves Church After 30 Years
Actress Leah Remini, best known for her role of the CBS television show “King of Queens,” has confirmed her exit from Scientology, according to US Weekly. News first broke of Remini’s exit on Thursday after a post appeared on the blog of Tony Ortega, a former editor of the Village Voice, who has written about Scientology since 1995.
“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,” Remini said in the statement. “I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support.”
Remini’s problems with Scientology have reportedly been building since 2006, when she innocently asked church founder David Miscavige about his wife’s whereabouts while attending the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Upon returning home, Remini allegedly wrote up a “Knowledge Report” where she criticized Miscavige and other church members.
His wife, Shelly Miscavige, has not been seen in public since 2006, with the exception of when she attended her father’s funeral in 2007.
After her question, Remini was subject to years of church investigation because she questioned Miscavige’s management of the church, as well as the practice of excommunication, where someone is declared a Suppressive Person (SP) and all communication with them is cut off.
“We’re told that Miscavige and his minions made multiple attempts to convince Remini that she was out of line, but their heavy-handed efforts only convinced her that her questions were valid, and that the church had no right to tell her who she could talk to and what questions she could ask,” Ortega wrote on his blog.
Many comments of support have been posted to Remini’s Facebook page.
“Leah remains convinced of the value of L. Ron Hubbard’s work, but will no longer tolerate the squirreling and human rights abuses perpetrated in the church,” Mike Rinder, a former Scientologist, who was declared an SP, wrote on his blog about Scientology. “Nor will she allow anyone to tell her who she can and cannot talk to or associate with.”
Squirreling is a process of harassment perpetrated by Scientologists who harass former members by showing up at their residence and doing things to provoke them, such as trying to get them to hit them so they can be arrested for assault. Marty Rathbun, another former Scientologists, who also maintains a blog about Scientology, was a victim of squirreling, which was documented in a piece on “Rock Center” with Brian Williams.
The church has responded to the media coverage of Remini’s departure by releasing a statement.
“The church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member.”
Remini was a member of the church of Scientology for about three decades and has defended it in the past. Some of her recent tweets on her Twiiter account have been indicative of her plans to leave.
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind,” Remini retweeted.
Fonte: TRAVELRS TODAY
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Dopo gli addii di Nicole Kidman e del regista Paul Haggis, Scientology perde un altro pezzo ‘celebre’ della propria lista hollywoodiana
Scientology ed Hollywood, ovvero una ’setta’ in comune. Attori del calibro di Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Juliette Lewis e Kirstie Alley ne fanno parte, da decenni. Peccato che una di questi, Leah Remini, adepta Scientology da ben 3 decenni, abbia abbandonato l’organizzazione che raccoglie e diffonde l’insieme delle credenze e pratiche ideate da L. Ron Hubbard nel 1954.
I motivi che hanno portato la Remini a sbattere la porta? In una dichiarazione rilasciata nelle ultime 24 ore, Leah ha confessato di essere stata per anni sottoposta ad interrogatori e a tecniche di modifica del pensiero. Con tanto di ringraziamenti ufficiali per il sostegno ricevuto:
“Desidero condividere il mio sincero e sentito apprezzamento per la risposta positiva e schiacciante che ho ricevuto da parte dei media, dai miei colleghi e dagli appassionati di tutto il mondo. Sono veramente grata e riconoscente per tutto il vostro sostegno “.
Queste le parole della Remini, che per anni provò a portare nella setta l’amica Jennifer Lopez, suscitando un’infinità di polemiche. Dopo gli addii di Nicole Kidman e del regista Paul Haggis, Scientology perde così un altro pezzo ‘celebre’ della propria lista. Conosciuta soprattutto perThe King of Queens, l’attrice è comparsa negli ultimi mesi in un’altra serie tv, ovvero Family Tools. Da 10 anni moglie di Angelo Pagan, Leah nel 2004 ha partorito la sua prima ed unica figlia, Sofia Bella. E da poche ore ha fatto una di quelle scelte che ‘ti cambiano la vita‘.
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