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  • Scientology has always been shrouded in mystery.

  • But that's no longer the case due to recent ex-Scientologist

  • Leah Remini, star of TV shows The King

  • of Queens and The Talk.

  • She and a growing chorus of former members

  • reveal its disturbing practices, incorporating

  • patterns of coercion, control, and abuse of power.

  • Where do we begin?

  • Scientology's reach into a family's life

  • extends to their most special and private moments,

  • including childbirth.

  • Women are instructed to give birth quietly

  • in an aptly named silent birth so the newborns impressionable

  • mind isn't exposed to the negative effects of screaming.

  • To make matters more difficult, the mothers

  • are forbidden from using any method of pain relief,

  • such as an epidural.

  • Scientology also holds an interesting view

  • on young children whom they believe are spiritual beings.

  • According to their beliefs, they are on a higher spiritual plane

  • and, as such, are treated like adults.

  • This means children are allocated adult

  • responsibilities, such as memorization of L. Ron Hubbard

  • quotes, manual labor, and the signing

  • of a billion-year contract.

  • Asserting their influence early increases the likelihood

  • that if family members ever want to leave,

  • the children would stay with the church.

  • They, after all, know nothing outside of the organization.

  • The specific aim of the indoctrination

  • is to brainwash members into distrusting

  • any outside information, giving them a single-minded vision

  • of the religion.

  • Reading TIME Magazine, for example, is wrong.

  • Members are expected to confess to reading outside materials,

  • at which point they will be met with the punishment

  • at their expense, including intensive interrogation

  • and thought modification.

  • In Clearwater, Florida is a facility

  • called the Flag Land Base for the Sea Organization or Sea Org

  • for short.

  • The Sea Org is considered the militaristic branch

  • of the religious order.

  • Remini and her family moved there

  • when she was a kid where she signed

  • the infamous billion-year contract,

  • wore a sailor uniform, and performed harsh manual labor.

  • They were also forced to live under harsh conditions

  • in dormitories infested with roaches

  • despite the wealth of the organization.

  • Due to allegations in recent years,

  • Scientology claims they no longer employ children

  • at the Sea Org.

  • Scientology distances members from the outside world

  • and coerces them to sign their life away and perform

  • hard labor.

  • To reach the upper echelon of Scientology,

  • it cost thousands of dollars and years of study.

  • On a Scientologist's journey, they

  • must go through many levels.

  • One level is Operating Thetan Level Three,

  • which former members call the story of Xenu.

  • This tale features an intergalactic warlord

  • who kidnaps millions of humans and relocates them to volcanoes

  • where he blows them up.

  • There, leftover souls called Thetans

  • clamp onto human consciousness, thus providing the origin

  • of human psychological trauma.

  • Scientologists are told that all will

  • be revealed when they reach the final level called the Bridge,

  • also known as OTP Eight.

  • However, when Remini finally reached it,

  • she was shocked to hear that God is a lie for L. Ron Hubbard

  • and there are more levels ahead, which will cost hundreds

  • of thousands of dollars.

  • There is simply no end.

  • Maybe unsurprisingly now, there are more shocking aspects,

  • such as their view on sex education

  • and the procedures surrounding sexual abuse.

  • Scientology adheres to a strict view of sex,

  • instructing their members to refrain

  • from all physical contact until marriage.

  • They also enforce a policy called

  • the second dynamic, which contains

  • a complicated system of numbers that quantifies sexual urges.

  • Sexual abuse within the organization

  • is dealt with internally and not reported to the police.

  • Such was the case when Remini discovered that a high ranking

  • and influential official in his 30s

  • was having sex with her 16-year-old friend.

  • In fact, it is considered an enemy act

  • to prosecute another member, which

  • suggests that they believe their organization does not need

  • to adhere to the rule of law.

  • Many outsiders perceive Scientology as a celebrity

  • religion, containing highly visible members such as John

  • Travolta, Elizabeth Moss, and, of course,

  • the most talked about member, Tom Cruise.

  • However, Remini commented during her Ask Me Anything

  • on Reddit that Scientology's numbers are small in comparison

  • to the number of people involved in the entertainment industry.

  • Remini claimed Scientology has done an amazing job convincing

  • people that there is a great number of celebrities

  • in the church.

  • Celebrities attract new members.

  • So Scientologists actively try to recruit famous people.

  • According to Remini, she was pressured

  • into inviting her friend Jennifer Lopez to Cruise

  • and Katie Holmes' wedding.

  • Remini was on the outs with the organization at this point

  • and was kept away from Lopez the entire wedding.

  • Since the passing of Hubbard, Tom Cruise

  • has become the face of Scientology,

  • and his influence reportedly rivals that of the creator.

  • As such, to criticize Cruise now is

  • considered an attack against the aims and goals of Scientology.

  • Her mother pulled her and her sister Nicole into the religion

  • when Leah was nine.

  • She had doubts from the beginning,

  • but she was scared that if she left she would never

  • see her family again.

  • By the time she reached Operating Thetan Level Three,

  • she questioned the sanity of Scientology, saying,

  • are you [BLEEP] nuts?

  • But her mom and sister weren't ready to leave,

  • so she stayed as well.

  • In an interview with 20/20, she revealed

  • that she was ready to part from everything she'd ever known.

  • Her sister Nicole had already left the church,

  • but their mom was still a believer

  • who was willing to accept that she would have

  • to cut ties with her daughters.

  • In 2016, Remini teamed up with A&E

  • to create a documentary series called Leah Remini, Scientology

  • and the Aftermath, which gave her

  • and other former Scientologists a place

  • to talk about their experiences.

  • Not only was it therapeutic for former members,

  • it became a source of shocking revelations

  • craved by the public.

  • Despite Scientology's harassment and negative PR campaign

  • against her since her departure, Leah Remini

  • has forged a new life path and has continued her career.

  • She's come to terms with her past

  • and vows to keep helping other former members while shining

  • a light on the practices of the Church of Scientology.

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