Leah Remini says Scientology gives kids inflated egos

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‘Your ego becomes extremely inflated': Leah Remini opens up about what it was like growing up at as a child in Scientology.

“Because Scientologists view children as spiritual beings, you’re not treated as a kid,” Remini, 45, said in a sneak peek of her tell-all interview with ABC’s “20/20”. The “King of Queens” star sat down with ABC to promote her new tell-all memoir “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” which hits bookstores Nov. 3.wants the world to see the truth behind the Church of Scientology—not just for her sake, but for the sake of children who are currently involved in it.The former King of Queens actress is one of the most famous celebrities to leave the church, but unlike a lot of Hollywood Scientologists, Remini didn’t join the church as adult.Thus, her goal after leaving the church is to open people’s eyes to the major transition she had to make to move forward-something she admits was incredibly hard.

Your ego becomes extremely inflated.” “I decided I didn’t want to raise my daughter in the church because from what I’ve experienced and what I saw, the church becomes your everything,” she said earlier this year on her reality show, Leah Remini: It’s All Relative. As she grew up and found success in her acting career, Remini’s rise to stardom became intertwined with promoting Scientology. “Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself”, Remini mused, adding that anyone who thinks otherwise is dubbed “evil”. “And she remains obsessed with shamelessly exploiting her former religion in a pathetic attempt to get publicity”. I want people to understand how it happens.” Church International Spokesperson Karin Pouw told PEOPLE in a statement earlier this week that Remini’s claims are an effort to drum up attention for herself. “It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it,” Pouw said, “including omitting that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses.”

See the snippet below, and watch the full interview — which also includes the previously released clips of Remini discussing the connection between Scientology and Tom Cruise — when it airs Friday at 10 p.m. According to Ballantine Books, the memoir will be a “moving and eye-opening account” of Remini’s 30 years within the church. “Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family.” I didn’t think that would be healthy for her.’ The church also demands a minimum of three and a half hours commitment every day, seven days a week, she says. Scientology’s ruthless indoctrination, she claims. includes blackmail and abuse as well as control over other celebrities like Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley. When Remini finally walked away, she was branded a ‘suppressive person’ in church terminology and willingly faced Scientology’s attempt to destroy her life.

Actress Kirstie, a Scientologist since 1979, bizarrely called Remini ‘repulsive’ and ‘a bigot’, going after her in an interview on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show. Afterward, back in the States, Remini says she was was subjected to what is called ‘Security Checking’, months of interrogations and behavior modification at Scientology’s Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.

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