Leah Remini has left Scientology, according to reports. The King of Queens star made the decision to leave the Church of Scientology following disagreements with leader David Miscavige.
Scientology’s policies prohibit questioning of rules or management decisions. As Leah questioned several decisions and policies, she was reportedly subjected to “thought modification,” which she found unacceptable.
As reported by Hollywood Reporter, Remini specifically questioned excommunication practices and the suggestion that members distance themselves from their family. Speaking of Remini’s decision, a source explained her reasoning:
“It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people. She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.'”
Remini and her mother have been members of the Church of Scientology for more than 30 years.
Former Scientologist Mike Rinder explains that while Remini still values L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings, she is distraught with the organization’s management. He further explains, as Leah Remini leaves Scientology, they are losing a strong supporter.
As reported by Bible.ca, Scientology was developed by Ron L. Hubbard, and is based on the psychological theory of Dianetics. The Church of Scientology embraces concepts from Buddhism, Hinduism, and science fiction.
The teachings of Scientology are quite complex. However, the general idea is summarized by Bible.ca:
“man is not limited… [as] he mistakenly imagines himself to be. He is a thetan whose… nature is basically good and divine. He is not morally fallen; rather he is simply ignorant of his own perfection.”
The practice of Scientology seeks to lead members on a journey to attain that perfection.
Critics of Scientology cite increasingly hefty membership fees, secretive behavior, and strict rules. Members contend that the Scientology provides spiritual cleansing and peace.
According to several sources, Leah Remini has left Scientology as her personal values began to clash with church policies. The Church of Scientology has refused comment.