Leah Remini has made it clear what her opinion on scientology currently is: “I’m not a big fan of bullies”, the actress who left the religion in 2013, said on the Today Show, on Monday.
Actress Leah Remini was, until 2013, one of the celebrities for which Scientology represented the absolute truth and spiritual guideline. That is, until she abruptly gave it all up, criticizing the cult’s need to take over the life of its members. On Monday, she opened-up on her hard decision to leave Scientology and why she believes it’s a damaging kind of spirituality.
When host Savannah Guthrie asked what made her speak now, Remini replied: “I’m not a big fan of bullies”. She added that religion taught her to be a fighter and that is part of who she is, but now, after leaving Scientology, she is on the right side. Religiously speaking, of course.
Remini has first made a statement against the religion that she left three years ago, in 2015, with the launching of her book called “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology”. In the book, she writes that members are abused by the church, both mentally and physically. As the church denies allegations and called her a liar, the actress responded: ” “People are talking about their experiences [in Scientology] of physical abuse and mental abuse, and to be called a liar and victimize victims is not OK with me.”
As for leaving the cult, the 46-year-old explains why it is difficult: “Well, you’re leaving everything you’ve known, you’re giving up your whole life, because that is what it takes to be a Scientologist.”
Leah Remini, whom most of you know from the comedy sitcom Cheers, has been a member of Scientology since she was 9-years-old. Back in 2005, when she responded, in a CNN interview, to an attack on her religious beliefs at the time, the actress concluded: “If you’re really against something, then know what you’re against.”
Leah Remini’s upcoming show, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, premieres today, November 29, on A&E.