Former Scientologist Leah Remini Explains Why She Couldn't Criticize Tom Cruise

leah reminiWith so much negativity about Scientology in the news over the past few (dozen) years, it's been incredibly difficult to understand why certain celebrities stay in the "church," and why other actors don't publicly call them out for doing so. But one brave actress who left Scientology -- Leah Remini -- is speaking out about her former silence. And she's explaining why so many still choose to stay quiet. 


In an interview set to air on the October 30 episode of 20/20, the 45-year-old former King of Queens star was frank about how difficult the process of extricating herself from the extremely powerful institution was -- particularly since she was a member of the church for over 30 years:

“The decision to leave is ... you’re giving up everything you’ve worked for your whole life,” she said. “I think people need to understand that this was my whole life, and I want them to understand that this is how it happened.”

“As time goes on, you begin to lose touch with the real world,” she said. “The mindset begins to be ‘Us against them.’” 

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Not only that, but Scientologists are actively discouraged from criticizing other powerful stars in the church -- which explains why even after they leave, many of them don't publicly question why other actors stay in the fold. 

“Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself,” Remini said, adding that anybody who did was considered “evil."

Yikes. No wonder Remini's been having a rough time adjusting to the outside world (the actress credits therapy with helping her to make the transition). It makes sense that these poor people are afraid to speak the truth -- they've been brainwashed! But that still doesn't explain why Hollywood types who never were Scientologists don't call out Cruise or John Travolta (to name just a couple of prominent Scientologists) for still being associated with a "church" that's anywhere near as freakish as Going Clear made it out to be, but whatever. At least one person is showing some courage in this situation! Good for you, Leah Remini.



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