Leah Remini’s ‘Punishment’ From Scientology Members Shows Her Escape Was For the Best (VIDEO)

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Leah ReminiIf you've been wondering how Leah Remini's been doing since her much-publicized split from the Church of Scientology, the official answer is that she's okay -- but saying goodbye to the religion came with a pretty high cost. Remini was a guest during the season premiere of Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show this Monday, and although she was there to promote her upcoming appearance on Dancing With the Stars, she ended up answering a few questions about what life is like post-Scientology.

I'm glad to hear that Remini seems happy these days, and clearly the publicity of being known as a former Scientologist paid off in terms of nailing a new gig. But most of all, I'm glad she's out of that creepy-ass cult, because based on the fallout she says she's received, it was the best decision she could have made.

Ellen asked Remini why she chose to leave the church, and Remini said,

My mother got involved when we were very young, so it's all we really knew. But over time, my eyes got opened and I could just no longer be affiliated with the organization, and my family felt the same, so we left.

Remini probably didn't want to get into too many details, but it's worth noting that her official statement a while back was this:

I believe that people should be able to question things. 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.

Ellen went on to point out that leaving the Church of Scientology is rumored to be different than leaving other religious organizations, and asked if Remini was okay. Her answer:

I'm okay. It's hard. We lost friends who can no longer talk with us who are still with the organization. (…) these are friends that we've had for dozens of years. But I have great friends, other friends that are not in the church, who have stood by us. Our family is stronger, we're together, and that's all I can ask for.

Basically, Remini straight-up acknowledged that once someone leaves the church, they can no longer have any contact with those who are still involved. Which, what the HELL, right? How messed up is that? I can't imagine any sort of explanation for why this sort of attitude is even remotely okay. It verifies what most of us already know about Scientology: it's controlling, it's freakishly secretive, and it's designed to punish anyone who dares to step outside its boundaries.

Here's the clip from Ellen:

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Hooray for Remini being free of this oppressive religion, and I hope she does well on DWTS. On that topic, she says she's not quite as copacetic, since rehearsals started a week ago and she's definitely feeling the effects:

(I hurt) everywhere, places I didn't know could hurt. ... It's so much harder than I thought, and most people do say that, but it's true.

Are you surprised to hear that Leah Remini is banned from talking to her Scientology friends?

Image via Ellen

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NatAndCo NatAndCo

It's not just Scientology. Other groups do that as well. Ask a Jehovah's Witness what being disfellowshipped means.

ms_da... ms_danielle_j

first of all NatAndCo I was raised as a jehovah's witness and when you are disfellowshipped you aren't banned from talking to any other witness you just have to start from the bottom again with your teachings. My mother was disfellowshipped for having a baby out of wedlock once she was baptized and she still maintained her friendships. she just needed to be retaught. being a jehovah's witness people know what we are about as a group and what we stand for. What does anyone know about scientology? I took a religion course in college and still don't know jack shit about scientology...its such a mystery. I'm not being mean I just don't like when folk assume something...

Megan Harvey

Scientology definitely takes the Stupid Bizarro Cult Award, but it just mystifies me when people denounce Scientology for being a made-up, controlling religion filled with extremists and wackos...and they themselves believe in five-thousand-year-old stories from the Middle East about a talking snake hawking fruit at a naked woman, and an invisible god who impregnates a teenage virgin so the kid can be sacrificed so he can forgive people for something that happened thousands of years before they ever came along (plain old forgiveness: not a god superpower). No, that doesn't sound made-up at all. Totally authentic. lol And how's this for controlling: "You are worthless in God's eyes and will be tortured for all eternity unless you believe this wild, unsubstantiated claim about a god-human sacrificial victim." Scientology is nutty as squirrel shit, but the other religions aren't THAT much better.

Liane... Lianetherider

"...a talking snake hawking fruit at a naked woman..."


I actually laughed so loudly when I read this that my dog gave me a very accusatory glare. Hilarious phrasing!

Courtney Hennagir

my ex was disfellowshipped because he smoked some pot as a teen and his family shunned him.his own family and friends he had known all his life. pretty messed up considering half the cult,er,i mean church were alcoholics and compulsive gamblers.any religion that condones abandoning your family if they don't follow every rule they make up is absolute crap.

antfa... antfarmer101

Megan Harvey... I think you are awesome

I'm not a fan of organized religion in any sense. It's all a pretense to control people. BUT... some of these "religions" are just insane. Scienitology is ridiculous and it continually astounds me that people are willing to be led into and through such ridiculousness

Mary Gendek Jones

That's a CULT, not a Religion. She did the right thing for her. I honestlt don't understand how people can be so blind and persuaded so easily.

nonmember avatar singer825

I agree with NatandCo that it's not just scientologists that do that. When my parents left our old church when I was a child, we lost every friend but one. Even that one person pulled back from interacting as much with us. That was just a plain ol Christian non-denominational church. So it depends on the church I think, not necessarily the religion.

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