As most people know Leah Remini has been on the fight against Scientology for a long time now. She has written books about how terrible the cult, oh I am sorry, their religion is and all of that. Stuff we already knew but stuff we still love to hear and will listen to like we have never heard it before. First person accounts are always the best.
Leah is currently promoting her new A&E show about Scientology, and she decided to go on Reddit. In case you didn’t know, Reddit is fucking awesome. There are so many weird things on the site, but this blog isn’t about the site. It is about her!
Check out some of her questions and answers, I pulled my favorite but you can read it all here!
Q: From someone who left, is there anything a loved one can do to help a brainwashed member see the truth, without ruining the relationship completely?
Leah : 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.
Q: When you were a scientologist did you ever get any weird reactions from other famous people?
Leah : Weird reactions? No. I got appropriate reactions, “Why are you in this crazy shit?”
Q: I am curious what you observed as mental health ‘treatment’ with Scientology? In addition, I am aware the ‘church’ is against psychology; how was this opposition demonstrated within or by the ‘church’? Finally, in your opinion how prevalent are mental health difficulties with the Scientology community?
Leah : The “Church” doctrine thinks that fields of psychology and psychiatry are a sham. They deny mental illness and afflictions. They promote that you can heal your psycho-sematic issues with their “technology.” They will get in the way of people taking medications. They will prevent people from getting the real medical help that they need. and in some cases have caused suicides because of it. Scientology is mentally abusive because we are all taught that we are responsible for everything.
Q : How can we destroy scientology?
Leah: I don’t want to destroy Scientology. I only want them to admit to the fraud that they promote, to not deny the confidential upper levels of the religion, so people can decide if they want to spend $250K and their lives doing it. That they admit to the policies of Fair Game. That they allow people to decide for themselves where they get their information. That they admit to disconnection and leave families the fuck alone.
So there you have it! Again there is a lot more to see, click here to see her answers and if you want to see the question, just click context!
If you’re interested in her show, it premieres tonight on A&E at 10 pm!