Leah Remini on Scientology: What we learned from ’20/20′

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Actress Leah Remini, speaks during a panel discussion at the Disney-ABC Television Group portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California on July 27, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Fred Prouser
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Actress Leah Remini, speaks during a panel discussion at the Disney-ABC Television Group portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California on July 27, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Fred Prouser *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-REMINI-SCIENTOLOGY, originally transmitted on Nov. 3, 2015.

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Former King of Queens star Leah Remini is one of Scientology's most famous defectors. On the TV show 20/20, she explained what drove her to give up the only religion she's known since she was 5.

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  • Jon

    Wow, it’s pretty clear that Scientology is another religion out of touch with reality and controlling it’s members. Scary.

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  • Fran

    Great for her, and others who have left that money-making organization, as well!

  • Tad

    “She violated the church policy on childbirth.” Guys, there’s not a “church policy on childbirth.” You’re a mom, and you have the birth that you want depending on your desires and circumstances.

    http://www.scientologyparent.com/silent-birth/silent-birth-questions-answers/

    We’ve got 3 kids. Church has 100% zero say in how they’re born. Doesn’t enter it AT ALL.

  • Sylvan Braithewaite

    That was a good summary. Just over a month ago, when I heard Leah’s book was coming out, I worried a little that she would hold back. Instead she has unleashed her stories and feelings and it is going to have a major impact on Scientology, and help a lot of people both escape the cult, and avoid the trap in the first place.

    With Tom Cruise’s money and position of power in Hollywood, he has been able to stifle the stories of too many people who have experienced weird behavior around him, including his Scientology-induced behavior. Katie and Nicole have barely said anything!

    Leah has added to the badly needed anecdotes about Cruise. Why is Cruise important? People too many people love him as an actor, and wander into Scientology partly because they associate it with him and his success.

  • Garson Abuita

    Fine, they don’t have a “policy,” they just have a very strong opinion. What happens if you don’t have a silent birth and they find out about it?

  • Scientology is a cult for the rich. If you have to pay to grow in your “church” then you can be sure it is a false religion. You can be sure that people are being taken advantage of by greedy leaders. The truth is free. God’s gift of eternal life is free, not that it is without cost. The cost is at the very highest level but it is not charged to us. Jesus Christ the Son of God paid our debt, He paid our price on the cross for our sins. “He that knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”. Receive Jesus Christ as Savior. Turn away from false teachings and rebellion and know His peace and promise of everlasting life. God Bless

  • WakeUp

    Scientology is about feeding your ego. Making you think, something greater is out there for you if you join them.

    Scientology is about sales and money and fame because the more fame you get the more money in your pockets.

    Take that money and give it to charity or save it for your old age but please don’t waste it on Scientology. Just because that organization feed’s your ego does not mean you have to feed their pockets. Quit that place and come back into reality. Who is in control?