Why Did Leah Remini Leave Scientology? The Actress Has Made Her Opinion On The Matter Very Clear

Growing up in the age of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' spirited couch jumping union and subsequent shadowy divorce, I came across the word "Scientology" quite a bit. And I think that I, like most people, didn't know what exactly to make of it. What I did manage to deduce about the faith, though, was that a considerable amount of celebrities were involved in it. Celebrities including more than simply Cruise or Holmes. For instance, beloved, sassy King of Queens funny woman, Leah Remini was a member. But, as is now common knowledge, Lean Remini left Scientology in 2013. But, the question is, why?

Now that HBO has debuted the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, it seems that the church, and stars like Remini's separation from the church, is on our minds more than ever. Whether you've seen the documentary or not, you've surely heard the controversy surrounding the way the chruch is depicted. And, I suppose that not so surprisingly, Remini is in support of the film. On Sunday night when it premiered, she tweeted, "Thank you to the brave who did something about it. And to those who didn’t have a voice, you do now. #GoingClear."

As for the church's opinion of the film, its official statement reads,

Back to the initial question of why Remini left the faith, she explained her reasoning in depth during a BuzzFeed interview in early 2014. If you so desire, you can read the lengthy, and incredibly insightful interview here. But, if you're looking for a straight answer, the actress' choice had to do with her young daughter, Sofia.

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As Remini explained of her daughter, "She was getting to the age where the acclimation into the Church would have to start." According to Buzzfeed, this would start with auditing, which "includes having children answer questions like, Have you ever pretended to be ill? Have you ever decided you didn’t like some member of your family? Have you ever been a coward?"

Remini went on to say,

But, perhaps the nail in the coffin was when she spoke with friends about making changes that would shift the focus in her life from the church to her family, and didn't get the response she expected:

Judging by her tweet about Going Clear, it seems Remini is happy with her decision and unafraid to speak out about it. As she told Buzzfeed, "I don’t want to be known as this bitter, ex-Scientologist. I’m not trying to bash anybody and I’m not trying to be controversial. I just want people to know the truth."

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