Leah Remini, who starred on “The King of Queens” and “Old School,” has finally decided to quit the Church of Scientology. She was a member of their congregation for 30 years. Leah had been asking questions for a long time regarding the religion’s treatment of followers, and about leader David Miscavige. A source said: “It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people. She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.” Leah has finally had enough and stands up against Scientology. However will she need to be fearful for her safety? Will she disappear too just like Shelly?
Leah stood up for her friend, and wife of aforementioned leader Miscavige, a long time ago. Shelly, the wife, suddenly disappeared under suspicious, and mysterious circumstances in 2006. Reportedly, there has been only one sighting of Shelly since her disappearance. A source revealed Remini’s actions regarding Shelly’s disappearance: “Because Leah threatened to call the police to find Shelly, she was put through ‘Security Checking;’ her family was put through it, and her friends.” the source continued with: She “was put through ‘thought modification’ for five years,” but, “When they tried this with her again earlier this year, she said, ‘Enough.” Scientology blogger Tony Ortega stated on his webpage earlier this week: “Shelly has not been seen [in public] since 2006, except for one sighting when she was allowed to attend the funeral of her father… Remini dared to ask about it — and loudly.” Luckily for Leah that time there were no repercussions from the church. However will this time be different? Maybe she will disappear too, just like Shelly. Leah stands up against Scientology but at what cost?
Yesterday evening Leah released a public statement addressing some of the reasons why she left the Scientology church and how she feels about. (This is her first statement since she left the Church.) In one part of the statement she said: “I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and fans from around the world. I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support.” A Scientology rep was asked about these accusations and naturally denied any and all of them.
Leah Remini, now 43, became a member of the church after her mother joined during the 1970s. In the thirty years Remini was part of this church she has risen through several ranks, and halted at Operating Thetan Level Five. If she had stayed, she could have achieved the highest level if she managed to climb three more ranks. Her husband Angelo Pagan, who is a restauranteur, is also a Scientologist. It is not certain if he will remain a member or if he will also call it a day. (In addition it’s not certain which rank he has within the church.)
Another Scientology blogger, Mike Rinder, who is a former member just like Leah, said about Remini; She “remains convinced of the value of L. Ron Hubbard’s work, but will no longer tolerate the squirreling and human rights abuses perpetrated in the church. Nor will she allow anyone to tell her who she can and cannot talk to or associate with. As a result, the church has lost one of its most effective supporters – both in the public relations arena and their bank balances.”
It is a good thing that Leah stands up for these rights, and that she follows her heart. It must have been an incredibly difficult decision to leave Scientology, especially because it has been a part of her life for 30 years, and it speaks to Leah’s character and determination. Hopefully others will follow suit. (Lets hope she has enough security around her who will make sure that she won’t disappear too, like the wife of the Scientology leader.)
By Georgina Pijttersen