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Leah Remini Talks About Growing Up As A Scientologist, And It Completely Explains Why She Chose To Leave

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Leah Remini recently revealed exactly why she chose to leave The Church of Scientology and boy, do I totally get it. Over time, lots and lots of things have been said about Scientology and it’s always difficult to decide which things are true and which things are made-up. But I’ll leave it to you to read what she says and then just adjust your opinion accordingly.

Leah recently sat down with Buzzfeed and did a fairly long interview that takes a long time to read— but fear not because this little lady is at your service. I cherry-picked my favorite parts of the interview and I’m here to tell you that Leah’s memories of her Scientology days aren’t so great. Specifically, she alleges that at 10-years-old she performed lots of good ol’ manual labor and not much of that silly school work that the rest of us had to think about.

“We were working from morning until night with barely any schooling. 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.’ If the church needed a ballroom wall knocked down, you made it happen because there were heavy repercussions if you didn’t.

Leah and her family had just moved from Brooklyn to Florida and the stepfather that she had grown up with didn’t come along. So, when she says that she had lost her father, she means that she literally did not have her dad around, which I imagine is pretty difficult on its own. Add to that an alleged heavy physical workload, a mother who spent much of her time helping out at the Church, and a growing disillusionment with the Church’s ideals and you’ve got the final ingredient in the Holy Crap casserole we’ve been preparing. But Leah says that one of the biggest driving forces in her decision to separate from Scientology was her daughter’s stake in the situation.

“‘She was getting to the age where the acclimation into the Church would have to start,’ Remini revealed of the process, which begins with auditing. 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. In my house, it’s family first — but I was spending most of my time at the Church. So, I was saying ‘family first,’ but I wasn’t showing that. I didn’t like the message that sent my daughter.’”

Will all of that going on inside of her head about her religion, it isn’t hard to see why she’d choose to go her own way separate of the Church. After leaving, she had to deal with backlash from some of her friends who remained members of the Church, but I think that’s a fair trade off for her happiness. I say good for Leah for breaking down the ballroom wall that was blocking her from true joy. Sorry, I had to do it. Okaaay, not sorry at all.

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  • elle

    I don’t know why but I always find it so interesting to read about the inner workings of scientology. I mean it’s not even that secret or inside stuff but I still find it fascinating. One of the people who have left needs to write a tell all book, but I most definitely understand why they don’t. I just would be fascinated to read about it.

    • Olivia Wilson

      I would buy that book in a heartbeat.

    • Jessieface

      You guys! Read Beyond Belief. Seriously. It is everything you hoped it will be and MORE!

    • elle

      I am most def downloading it. How did I not know about this book until now?

    • Jessieface

      You WILL NOT be sorry, it’s written by David Micavige’s neice, so you know, it has ALL THE SECRETS!

    • Olivia Wilson

      Consider it read by me. (As in, I’m dropping every single thing to go and get it.)


    • Jessieface

      can we meet back here in like 2 weeks to talk about it? Crushable book club?

    • Olivia Wilson

      Um, YES.

  • Erika G.

    There’s “Going Clear”, about Hollywood, and “Beyond Belief.”

    • Jessieface

      I just finished ‘Beyond Belief’. I could not put it down, I was SCREAMING in my head as I read it. It is INSANE, and I do not understand how DCFS is not involved.

    • elle

      Thanks for the heads up!

    • Olivia Wilson

      Ahh, I need to get my hands on both of those. Thanks!