ByChris Moore, writer at Creators.co
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Actress Leah Remini recently left the Church of Scientology after over 30 years of devotion, taking her mother, daughter and husband with her. Since her departure from the strange and mysterious religious institution in 2013 Leah has devoted much of her time and resources to debunking the religion, outing it as dangerous and harmful.

"No one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot talk to...I'm not about to shut up. We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are and what we're about."

Her outspokenness has led to certain Scientologists -- whose members include the likes of Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley, taking a stand against her.

'USmagazine' reports that Kirstie Alley has referred to Remini as a "bigot," and claims that her comments are "Bulls**t," despite also stating that, "The truth is, I don't think I've seen Leah for seven or eight years."

Alley's opinion is supposedly that Remini is wrong for slandering the church of Scientology, rather than leaving quietly, however if Remini's claims are true then some serious light needs to be shed on the activities of the Church.

Remini Calls Out Church of Scientology

Remini's tell-all book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, is due to be released soon, and I'm sure it will serve as a means of shaking up and debunking the Scientology mythos.

However, in an exclusive interview which is set to air on Friday, courtesy of ABC, Remini is set to expose even more elements of the Church of Scientology. In a preview of Remini's 20/20 interview, she voices concern for children who are raised in the shadow of the religion.

A former child Scientologist herself, Leah joined the controversial Church at just age 9, and thus spent over 30 years of her life cradled by Scientology.

That, and as a celebrity who spent so long within the confines of the religion, Leah reached one of the highest levels: OT-7 level awareness, allowing her access to David Miscavige, the head of the Church of Scientology.

This of course makes her leaving the religion all the more shocking, and worrying for the Church if her accusations hold up under scrutiny.

Disturbing Reality of Scientology

Leah has stated that her primary reason for abandoning scientology was the safety of her daughter, voicing her concerns that the religion would attempt to drive a wedge between them, as they often do with parents and their children.

"I didn't want to raise my daughter in the church because from what I experienced and what I saw, the church becomes everything, your mother, your father, your everything. You are dependent on the church."

The former King of Queens actress went on to explain that children are venerated within the Church of Scientology, taught that they are superior to adults and treated as spiritual beings. This unfortunately means that these children can develop a false sense of entitlement and superiority.

"Because Scientologists view children as spiritual beings, you’re given a lot of responsibility and your ego becomes extremely inflated."

Remini also announced that even when parents leave the Church it is not uncommon for children to remain, separated from their parents; this further supports her point that children are highly valued within the religion, likely in an attempt to encourage devotion in youths.

This devotion to children is certainly worrying if the religion is as damaging as many former scientologists have suggested.

This point also raises some interesting questions which may not be answered until Leah Remini's book is released. For example, Leah previously suggested that if an individual leaves the Church quietly then they are safe, but if they draw attention to the religion then they are blacklisted -- referred to as a "suppressive person."

This prompts the question: what happens when a former scientologist is labelled "suppressive?" And what happens if this occurs but their children remain in the church?

I suppose Leah will likely reveal some interesting points in her interview, and the rest will be released alongside her book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.

Discussion

Since her departure from the Church of Scientology in 2013, Leah has been quick to debunk the Church, drawing attention to many supposed issues within the mysterious religion.

"I'd seen a lot of crazy s**t, like crazy s**t. Like it really goes back to when I was seven years old."

The church has of course been quick to respond to her accusations, which spokespeople for the institution claim are unfounded and slanderous.

[Leah Remini is,] "obsessed with shamelessly exploiting her former religion in a pathetic attempt to get publicity."

There is a real chance that the Church of Scientology should be trusted on this matter. But with Leah's book soon to be released, and supposedly containing some fairly bold accusations, we will undoubtably have answers soon.

Watch a brief clip from Leah Remini's interview below.

(Source: USmagazine, Morningafter.gawker.)

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