The Church of Scientology is nothing more than a religious cult, and the organization mobilizes in the direction of anyone who has the courage to call them or their rich and famous members out for what they are.
Actress Leah Remini didn’t toe the line of refusing to speak ill of Scientology or any of its famous members. In an upcoming interview with ABC’s award-winning expose show 20/20, Remini revealed some of the inner workings of the church from the perspective of a former member.
Remini also criticized one of the church’s most famous members, heartthrob actor Tom Cruise. In a preview clip of that particular 20/20 episode, Remini can be seen saying that criticizing the most profitable member of the cult is pretty much seen as a criticism of the church itself:
“Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself. You are evil.”
Before the tantalizing teaser ends, the interviewer inquires of the actress:
“If you knew that Tom Cruise was watching this, what would you say to him?”
Remini is well-known for her hostile relationship with the Church of Scientology after her very public renouncing of the church and its ways. Of course, like any good cult, the organization has released a statement saying that nothing Remini says about them is true:
“It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini continues to rewrite history and exploit her former religion in a pathetic attempt to get ratings.”
Of course. Anyone who doesn’t fall in lockstep with a cult is to be torn down. Remini responds:
“It makes me sad to hear that from a group I was in most of my life and that I supported, so my first instinct is to be hurt. But then I understand why they have to say these things. I can only be me, I have to tell my story.
Just to add, I think it’s an interesting place to come from, coming from an organization that says we don’t talk about our former parishioners and yet, here we are.”
Remini’s book on her experiences, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, will be out next week.
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