Chances are if you’re an atheist, you know what the Church of Scientology is capable of. You’ve probably seen Going Clear and you’ve read the testimonies of ex-members… you’re familiar with the church’s M.O. and you know how it recruits, sucks you in, and cuts you off from non-believers. You know it’s a cult. You know all of this, but nothing can quite prepare you for a candid conversation with a critical ex-Scientologist with no fear.
Yesterday, actor Leah Remini did just that with thousands of redditors in an AMA (Ask Me Anything). People who engaged in the thread were invited to ask the outspoken star anything about Scientology and she answered with such brutal honesty, you can’t help but feel like it all sounds more like a movie plot than it does real life. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, though… Here are some of the highlights:
cdougyfresh: How much did you pay to the church throughout your time there?
Leah Remini: Millions.
englishscribblings: Over the past 10 years, I’ve seen my parents get deeper and deeper into Scientology. Decent reasoning, science and logic have done nothing to convince them to question the church. From someone who left, is there anything a loved one can do to help a brainwashed member see the truth, without ruining the relationship completely?