Actress explains why she dumped the church of Scientology


By Victor Ochieng

“The King of Queens” actress Leah Remini turned her back on Scientology two years ago. She is finally opening up about her reasons for quitting the church in an episode of Oprah’s “Where Are They Now?” series.

Remini revealed that she is still going through an extensive amount of healing. She was in the organization for more than 30 years with her entire family. She spoke of how her family suffered because of the church.

“It formed who I am, good and bad,” she revealed. “It formed how I think, good and bad.”

“I was working on a [Scientology] course one day. I was at one of these hotels in Florida and I saw my daughter swimming for the first time while I’m reading this [Scientology] thing. A tear came down my face,” she continued. “I was like, ‘What am I doing?'”

Remini went on to explain, “I don’t think people know the amount of dedication it takes to be in this organization, I mean, it was every day, three-and-a-half hours minimum, seven days a week.”

It was during that trip to Florida that Remini says she recognized that she was “now doing the same thing to my daughter that my mother [had conveyed] to me … that what she was doing was more important.”

Remini and her sister were brought up in the organization, where their mother was a full-time devoted member. Since her mother spent considerable time on her practices, this caused a rift and a feeling of bitterness between the actress and the church.

Remini and her family, together with her mother, decided to turn their back to the organization permanently. This was a challenging move, since Scientologists who quit are frequently separated from those who choose to stay behind.

Although families may be cut off and friends may be lost, Remini expressed that she is not remorseful for making the difficult decision.

“I’m learning there’s a new world out here. There shouldn’t be any kind of judgment toward somebody who has a belief system that is not yours,” she said.

Last year, a representative of the Church of Scientology commented on Remini’s departure via US Weekly:

“It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini, with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it, including omitting that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses.”