I honestly couldn’t care less about Leah or her personal life, and I think I’ve seen a total of one episode of “King of Queens” when I was stuck somewhere over North Dakota on a red-eye, but I wanted to show that the story here is the same as we’ve heard before countless times: Scientologists deal with their perceived enemies through intimidation, interrogation, investigation.
“King of Queens” star Leah Remini is making a dramatic break from the Church of Scientology, a source said, after being subjected to years of “interrogations” and “thought modification” for questioning leader David Miscavige’s rule.
The source tells us Remini is quitting because of policies that don’t allow parishioners to question Miscavige’s management or the reported abuse of members of its Sea Org religious order — and for forcing followers to “disconnect” from family members branded as “suppressive persons” if they choose to leave the church.
It honestly sounds like a combination of religion and McCarthy’s red scare. Apparently it all started when she started asking questions about the disappearance of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of the Dear Leader who has been missing since 2007. Some folks higher up no the food chain decided that this kind of curiosity wasn’t healthy, so they put her through something called “thought modification” for the last five years or so, and got her lifelong friends to push for an investigation in to her family.
I’ve occasionally written about scientology before, and it’s never been good. First, we have the story of Alice Wu, who was held prisoner in isolation after telling her superiors she wanted to leave the Church. The police don’t have enough evidence to pursue a case, and her life is completely ruined after suffering multiple nervous breakdowns at the hands of these people. Next, we get news that they’re coming to our part of town. Oh, joy. I saw a billboard up the other day with a picture of a young, blond haired, blue eyed woman with the words, “What is Scientology?” to her side.
I think we have a pretty good idea of what the answer is at this point. No one needs to find out first hand anymore.
Don’t forget to check out Operation Clambake: “Undressing the Church of Scientology since 1996!