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Leah Remini became part of the Church of Scientology at the age of nine. It was only in 2013, at age 43, that the Cheers star decide to break off and take another path.
She turned to Reddit on Tuesday and answered questions about her time inside the mysterious church—and Remini did not hold back.The forum has reached almost 6,000 comments as of this writing.
Redditor: If all Scientology's secrets were revealed tomorrow, which do you think would be most shocking?These days Remini is taking more drastic measures to pursue a truthful dialogue. Remini is exploring her past with her new A&E series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Since the show's announcement, the network and King of Queens co-star have received numerous threats and warnings.
Remini: When you reach the top of The Bridge (OTP 8) you will be told that God is lie for LRH, and there are more levels ahead, that will cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is no end to Scientology.
Is there anything a loved one can do to help a brainwashed member see the truth, without ruining the relationship completely?
If you want to get them out there is no way to do it nicely. There is no way to do it quietly. You have to challenge them by saying, "If you can think for yourself, if you have truly accomplished what scientology says you have accomplished, you should be able to speak freely on any subject. If you have completed the "PTS/SP Course" you should be able to confront and shatter suppression." You should ask them how is it then that you can't watch a movie called Going Clear or look on the internet if you are the elite of the planet and handling the planet's ills if you can't think for yourself. I only hope that your challenge will get them to simply look.
Do you think there are members of the cult of Scientology reading this AMA?
Do I think? I know. Hi Karin Pouw and members of OSA! If any Sea Org member is currently reading this and works for OSA and wants to leave, I will help you... including Karin.
Do the higher ups know it's a scam or do they really believe this crap?
The higher up is singular. And he definitely knows. however I believe most parishioners and Sea Org members (people who work for the "church") are int he dark and believe that they are doing amazing things for the world. And David Miscavige is directly responsible for that fraud.
Are you safe?
Yes, I feel very safe. I have the support of my family and friends. And, I feel strangely protected by the world at large.
Do you personally feel like you're being watched/tracked/etc by the church for doing everything your doing?
I am. I'm okay with it because I knew what I was getting into and I knew the policies of the "church" and what would happen by my speaking out against it.
Can you imagine a scenario where you may be cast alongside a Scientologist or would it not be allowed?
That would not be allowed from their end.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Remini said that she demanded $1.5 million from church as "a response to the horrific and libelous letters that they sent me" while her show was in production. Before the series launch, her memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology discussed her separation from the church.
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Scientology and the Aftermath premieres Tuesday on A&E at 10pm ET.