As you may recall, Leah Remini famously left Scientology and was thus shunned by the entire church for her decision. She has previously spoken out about her decision to leave the controversial church, but now she is opening up even more. As it turns out, it had a lot to do with her nine-year-old daughter Sofia.
She revealed, “She was getting to the age where the acclimation into the Church would have to start. I started thinking of my own childhood and how I grew up resenting my mother because she was never home. But my mom thought she was doing something good; she thought she was helping the planet. That’s what the Church tells you.”
She went on to say, “In my house, it’s family first – but I was spending most of my time at the Church. So, I was saying ‘family first’, but I wasn’t showing that. I didn’t like the message that sent my daughter.”
She said that she wanted to make changes “from within” the Church, but she wasn’t successful. She said, “They didn’t want to. That showed me they didn’t actually care, which went against everything I thought we stood for. They only cared that their lives would be disrupted if they stood with me. They didn’t care about doing the right thing. In the Church, you’re taught that everybody is lost. They say they’re loving, caring, non-judgmental people, but secretly, they were judging the world for not believing what they believed. To me, that is not a spiritual person. That’s a judgmental person and that is the person that I was. I was a hypocrite, and the worst thing you can be in this world is a hypocrite.”
She added, “I don’t want to be known as this bitter, ex-Scientologist. I’m not trying to bash anybody and I’m not trying to be controversial. I just want people to know the truth.”