An Ex-Scientology Member is Doin' A Juicy Reddit AMA On Life Inside
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With a whole bunch of fresh docos churning out of the film industry about Scientology, it is no surprise that the punters are completely thirst for any information about the religion / cult / enormous cash register (for the record, Alex Gibney's Going Clear is probably the best of the bunch).
Actress Leah Remini, a second-generation Scientologist and former King of Queens star, has documented her departure from the Church, which she noped the fuck out of back in 2013. She has a book – Troublemaker : Surviving Hollywood and Scientology – and now she's popped up in a Reddit AMA to talk about the insights she's got into the organisation.
I mean, I was there to ask about King of Queens. But there are some juicy tidbits nonetheless.
You can read more of Remini's AMA HERE.JMeJumps1: Are you still in contact with any friends that are still part of the church?Remini: I am an SP (supressive person). You are not allowed to be in contact with an SP. I would love to talk to my former friends and see my goddaughter.MLP-e34-clopper: Do you remember what your initial reaction was upon first seeing the course materials for OT3?Remini: Yes my first reaction was “Are you all fucking nuts?” and then I looked at my mother and said “What kind of bullshit did you get me in?” My only option was to leave, but at the time my family was not ready to go. The “church” told me I didn’t need to believe it, just do it. And they always pose this question: “Are you ready to leave everything you’ve ever known?”Orr-eo: Is it true they record your meetings and blackmail you with the recordings?Remini: Yes, every "therapy room" is equipped with cameras and listening devices, as admitted by the "Church." Do they use it for blackmail? No, they use it to discredit you when you speak out.meatpoi: Do the higher ups know it's a scam or do they really believe this crap?Remini: The higher up is singular. And he definitely knows. however I believe most parishioners and Sea Org members (people who work for the "church") are int he dark and believe that they are doing amazing things for the world. And David Miscavige is directly responsible for that fraud.CDougyFresh: How much did you pay to the church throughout your time there?Remini: Millions.Welsh_Dragon_Roar: If all Scientology’s secrets were revealed tomorrow, which do you think would be most shocking?Remini: When you reach the top of The Bridge (OTP 8) you will be told that God is a lie for LRH, and there are more levels ahead, that will cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is no end to Scientology.Legeto: When you were a Scientologist did you ever get any weird reactions from other famous people?Remini: Weird reactions? No. I got appropriate reactions, “Why are you in this crazy shit?”Rach_alGhul: How are they able to recruit intelligent people into what appears to be an obvious scam and cult?Remini: Most Scientologists are 2nd or 3rd generation, they were born and raised into an ideology and have been surrounded and isolated. It is all they know. They are victims. Most of the original Scientologists are all out and have spoken out. Unfortunately, their children were indoctrinated by them …. are still loyal, faithful and have cut off communication due to the policy of disconnection.