Samantha (hello_samm) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Highlights from Leah Remini's Reddit AMA on Scientology

She answered many questions so I organized them by subject.

On being a Scientologist in Hollywood:

Why do you think there are so many people in the entertainment industry in the religion?

If you really look at the numbers at the entertainment industry, in comparison to the small number of scientologists that are celebrities, the number wouldn't even register. I think Scientology has done an amazing job convincing people that there is a great number of celebrities in the "Church."
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On Scientology in general:

How are they able to recruit intelligent people into what appears to be an obvious scam and cult?

Most Scientologists are 2nd or 3rd generation, they were born and raised into an ideology and have been surrounded and isolated. It is all they know. They are victims. Most of the original Scientologists are all out and have spoken out. Unfortunately, their children were indoctrinated by them.... are still loyal, faithful and have cut off communication due to the policy of disconnection.
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On religion in general:

What is your overall opinion on organized Religion now? Did your view on say Christianity change?

Yes my view of religion changed in that I am no longer a bigot against people's religious beliefs when it doesn't harm other people, promote killing people for their beliefs... like extremism. But if religion brings you comfort, hope, and a sense of community, I say "whatever works for you."
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Her experience during Scientology:

How much did you pay to the church throughout your time there?

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Her experience after leaving:

Do you personally feel like you're being watched/tracked/etc by the church for doing everything your doing?

I am. I'm okay with it because I knew what I was getting into and I knew the policies of the "church" and what would happen by my speaking out against it.
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Tags: actor / actress, interview, katie holmes, religion, scientology, tom cruise, you in danger
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