Leah Remini has made it her mission to expose what she sees as the dangers, hypocrisy, absurdity, and cruelty of Scientology since leaving the cult/religion. She joins a growing list of celebrity ex-scientologists. She has done so through a book, interviews, and a Reddit AMA, among other things. Her Scientology interview will go down in history as one of the most informative sources of information about the secretive Church of Scientology! The actress was a 30-year member of the Church when she left in 2013. In October 2015, she was interviewed by ABC's 20/20 in conjunction with the release of her new memoir, "Troublemaker." In the interview, Remini dropped bomb after bomb about Scientology, dishing on everything from how she was brought into the Church as a child to their relationship with Tom Cruise.
While longtime Scientology watchers will understand what Remini is talking about, those new to the behind-the-scenes drama inherent to the the Church might be shocked. After all, it's not every religion that separates children from parents, charges members hundreds of thousands of dollars to learn basic doctrine, and idolizes celebrities as high priests. But that's exactly what Scientology does - and Remini isn't afraid of the consequences of telling all.
Read on for the most shocking revelations Leah Remini's has made about Scientology.
Children Are Like Little Gods in Scientology
Remini was brought into the Church of Scientology at the age of nine when her family joined. The Church sees children as existing on a higher spiritual plane. Children are immediately given a comprehensive education in the doctrine of the church, including everything from rote memorization of L. Ron Hubbard quotes to manual labor.
“Because Scientologists view children as spiritual beings, you’re not treated as a kid,” Remini said on 20/20. “You’re given a lot of responsibility, your ego becomes extremely inflated.” She also explained how children are so indoctrinated that they often stay when parents leave or are expelled, breaking off all contact. "You're learning how to learn Scientology," Remini explains.
Other Scientology defectors have corroborated what Remini said, including Church leader David Miscavige's niece, Jenna Miscavige Hill, who was forced to sign one of the Church's infamous billion-year-contracts at the ripe age of seven years old.
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Life in the Sea Org
Remini's mother moved her and her sister to Clearwater, Florida, home of the key Scientology facility known as "Flag Land Base." There, still a child, she joined the Sea Org, Scientology's religious order. She signed the billion year contract, donned a sailor's uniform, and was forced to perform manual labor and menial tasks for Church higher-ups.
Remini pulls no punches describing the living hell she was plunged into: "You live in roach-infested dorms with other children. It could go from working in a laundry room to working with industrial sanders. I had to fight to eat a hamburger." She spent two years working as a virtual slave before her mother moved to Los Angeles.
God Is a Lie, BTW
During her AMA, Remini replied to welsh_dragon_roar's question, "If all Scientology's secrets were revealed tomorrow, which do you think would be most shocking?" with a startling revelation:
"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."
Scientology Sex Ed
Despite being a fairly new religion, Scientology has a distinctly Biblical view of sex before marriage. Hubbard referred to sex as "The Second Dynamic" and developed a complex system of numbers to quantify sexual urges.
Remini was told, in no uncertain terms, not to have sex or any physical contact before marriage. After being caught letting her boyfriend at the time "go like this" over her shirt, she was reprimanded. As part of her teaching, she was instructed to "physically act out the sexual policy" using office supplies. As she tells the story in her book, "I took a paper clip and a chess piece, to stand for the girl and boy, and rubbed them together."