Leah Remini On Scientology: "No One Is Going to Tell Me How I Need to Think"
It's been almost three weeks since former King of Queens actress Leah Remini parted ways from Scientology. And, now, like most alums of the tight-knit religion, she's speaking out against its controlling nature.
The actress, speaking with People , seemed to confirm reports that she left the church after questions surrounding church leader David Miscavige led to repeated interrogations. "I believe that people should be able to question things," Remini said. "I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because 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."
And it seems like we can count on Remini continuing to express her distaste for Scientology. As the actress said, "I'm not going to shut up."
She would hardly be the first — celebrities like Crash screenwriter Paul Haggis have been vocal after leaving Scientology, despite the fact that the religion still has tight A-list ties to celebrities like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and more. Haggis famously denounced the religion following its silence against California's Proposition 8, also criticizing its policy of disconnection, which asks its members to distance themselves from family members who do not belong in the church. Said Haggis to The New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright, "I was in a cult for 34 years. Everyone else could see it. I don’t know why I couldn’t."
So far, the church and Miscavige have remained silent on Remini's words. The leader's niece, Jenna Miscavige Hill, however, supported the King of Queens actress. No doubt because Miscavige Hill, author of the memoir Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, herself left the church in 2005. "From what I understand, she was just fed up with the way she was being treated when she was following church policy ... She is a tough woman and isn't the type to yield or turn a blind eye to a blatant injustice. People like that don't last too long in Scientology because they aren't easy to control."
We can't be the only ones hoping Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss is next, right?