Leah Remini Reveals Why She Left Scientology
Leah spoke with BuzzFeed about the myriad of reasons why she finally left Scientology. She’s hoping to clear up somethings as a result of the smear campaign led by the Church, which was allegedly spearheaded by Kirstie Alley.
“I don’t want to be known as this bitter, ex-Scientologist,” she tells the website. “I’m not trying to bash anybody and I’m not trying to be controversial. I just want people to know the truth.”
“We were working from morning until night with barely any schooling,” Remini claims. “There was no saying no. There was no being tired. There was no, ‘I’m a little girl who just lost her father and everything I’ve ever known.’ There was only, ‘Get it done.'”
She now credits her daughter, 9-year-old Sofia, as the number one reason for exiting the Church last July.
“She was getting to the age where the acclimation into the Church would have to start,” Remini explains. “It includes having children answer questions like, Have you ever pretended to be ill? Have you ever decided you didn’t like some member of your family? Have you ever been a coward?
“I started thinking of my own childhood and how I grew up resenting my mother because she was never home,” she explains. “It’s funny; somehow my father, the guy who left his kids and never paid child support, was excluded from my resentment and I grew up resenting my mother for not being home to make food, like all my friends’ moms were. But my mom thought she was doing something good; she thought she was helping the planet. That’s what the Church tells you.”
“In the Church, you’re taught that everybody is lost,” Remini says. “They say they’re loving, caring, non-judgmental people, but secretly, they were judging the world for not believing what they believed. To me, that is not a spiritual person. That’s a judgmental person and that is the person that I was. I was a hypocrite, and the worst thing you can be in this world is a hypocrite.”