Leah Remini has been a very vocal ex-member of the Church of Scientology since leaving the organization. Her latest venture is with Lifetime TV as she takes on the role of producer for a film based on her 2015 best-seller Troublemaker: Surviving Scientology and Hollywood. Leah Remini had grown up in the Church of Scientology but in 2013, she walked away. She was lucky and her family did the same rather than be separated from each other with no further contact. That is what the church would have required of any members of a family who wanted to remain a Scientologist after one of them left the fold.
Mike Rinder joined Leah Remini for the A&E series Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath. With Season 1 being a hit, the channel decided to do a Season 2. Ms. Remini had made the pledge to continue to speak out against the Church of Scientology until everything was exposed. She has yet to slow down even though the Church as objected several times.
According to The Underground Bunker, Leah Remini’s trouble with the Church of Scientology began on the eve of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding. The wedding guests were gathered at a castle in Rome for the event the next day. David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology, was there and was the Best Man for Tom Cruise. During the festivities, Leah Remini took notice that David’s wife Shelly was not in attendance. She asked about her friend and was told with some expletives by a Sea Org member and church spokesperson Tommy Davis that it was none of her business. Leah Remini’s book describes David’s activities through the evening as questionable as he gave his assistant too much attention for a married man. As is the custom of the church, she completed a “Knowlege Report,” which is the form used to turn in a fellow Scientologist for doing something against the church, to report the head honcho of the organization. For all of her care and concern over her friend and the integrity of her church and its leader, Leah was called to Clearwater, Florida for three months of “auditing.” This is where intense therapy is used to question and review the answers given until the answers fit what the auditor is looking for. She was later billed about $300,000 for their services during that stay.
Leah Remini began to open her eyes and see what had been going on for so long, that it had become the norm. The truth of what the Church of Scientology and the leaders was becoming clear. It took a few years but in 2013, Leah and her family all turned their back on the church. When people “bug out” and leave Scientology, they are often followed and harassed by the church.
Leah Remini is passionate about exposing the Church of Scientology. She could have chosen to simply walk away and move on as the church has very rudely said so many times. Leah, instead, took the opportunity given to her by being a celebrity to expose the organization as a cult rather than a church. She has said she will not stop until the Church of Scientology is no longer tax-exempt as a religious organization. The truth is being brought out about rapes, kidnappings, false imprisonment, etc.
Now that Leah Remini is working on bringing her book to Lifetime TV, fans who have followed her story over the last few years will get a better understanding of what she has actually been through. To hear a story and to see the scene is very different.
Will you be tuning in for Leah Remini’s movie on Lifetime TV? Are you a fan of her series on A&E? Do you agree with her for wanting to expose the Church of Scientology as she knows it?
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