Leah Remini Speaks Out on Scientology Exit
You can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take the Brooklyn out of the girl.
Though Scientology is infamous for attempting to bully its former and excommunicated members into silence, ‘King of Queens’ actress Leah Remini isn’t intimidated. Remini spoke out on leaving the Church, and she’s putting on one helluva brave face.
The actress left the group for its “nonstop interrogations” and abuses to members as well as the breaking up of families.
A source explained, “It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people. She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.'”
Remini dropped hints on Twitter about a change that was a-comin’ via her own tweets, and some things she chose to retweet were telling as well:
"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind"
— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) July 1, 2013
When you make a choice, you change the future. – Deepak Chopra
— Humanity's Team (@Humanitys_Team) July 2, 2013
"Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required." – Winston Churchill
— Great Minds Quotes (@GreatestQuotes) July 3, 2013
Take the limits off! Ignore the “lines” imposed on you by your experiences. You can reposition yourself to draw new lines in your life!
— TD Jakes (@BishopJakes) July 4, 2013
"Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be." ~Sonia Ricotti
— Tiny Buddha (@tinybuddha) July 5, 2013
— Positively Positive (@PosPositive) July 7, 2013
— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) July 9, 2013
The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated. – Desmond Tutu
— Humanity's Team (@Humanitys_Team) July 10, 2013
Scientology has denied all the reports, including Remini’s exit.
However, Remini has now issued a statement to PEOPLE confirming her exit and thanking everyone for their kind words (and for, you know, protecting her from any would-be crazies).
“I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and from fans around the world,” Remini said. “I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support.”
UPDATE: The Church of Scientology emailed us with this official statement: “The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no further comment.”