Actor Leah Remini from the hit TV show King of Queens has spoken out against the Scientology religion in a new interview with 20/20. Remini will be revealing more info in her upcoming book to be released on November 3.
Alberto E. Rodriguez from Vanity Fair reported the following quotes from Leah Remini about her departure from Scientology:
“ ‘As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world,’ Remini tells ABC News’ Dan Harris, in a 20/20 interview that airs this Friday. ‘The mindset becomes ‘Us against them. . . . The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life.’
The actress also suggests she will take aim at the organization’s most high-profile member, Tom Cruise—an attack that will undoubtedly vilify her in the Scientology community.
‘Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself,” Remini says. “You are evil.’”
Being a part of Scientology seems to be a difficult life. Lindsay Kimble from People.com reported more of what Remini had to say.
” ‘ I don’t think people know the amount of dedication it takes to be in this organization,’ she said during an interview earlier this year. ‘It was every day, three and a half hours minimum, seven days a week usually.’
The star’s own youth in the church (‘We went from a middle-class lifestyle [in Brooklyn] to living in a roach-infested motel with six other girls off a freeway in Clearwater,’ she once revealed) was what pushed her to leave – she didn’t want to subject her own daughter to the lifestyle.
‘I decided I didn’t want to raise my daughter in the church because from what I’ve experienced and what I saw, the church becomes your everything,’ she said on her reality show.”
As reported from People.com, a Scientology spokesperson Karin Pouw accused Remini of making up stories about Scientology for attention and publicity.
Scientology has been surrounded with controversy for decades now. Even 2013’s fictional movie The Master (featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman) purposefully portrayed a church similar to Scientology where the leader appeared to be making everything up and teaching the Us vs. Them mentality to his followers.
What do you think? Is Leah Remini exaggerating her stories? Is Scientology really that bad?
Here is a video from Youtube channel How I Can where Remini discusses why she left Scientology.