The controversy of whether Scientology is a cult goes on for decades. Evidences have shown that certain beliefs and practices of Scientology are cult-like and can affect an individual’s social and personal life negatively. The Church of Scientology has been trying to harass and get rid of the critiques against them, where they promote themselves as helping the members to set free from their self-destructive behavior, therefore can help them to make better choices and become closer to their true selves.
Though Scientology is a money absorbing “religion”, it still has a lot of loyal followers. More like a dictatorship, Scientology promotes and encourages their members to cut off contacts with all friends or family members who are against its belief.
American actress Leah Remini has been a member of Scientology for over 30 years. She recently left the Church of Scientology in July 2013. After she left, she mentioned, “ everything the church taught me was a lie.” Facing a major critique from a well known American actress, of course the Church of Scientology had to stand up and fight for its integrity, “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, 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.”
Leah Remini said that her main motivation to leave the church is her daughter. Because of the individual practices that the church promotes, she does not get to spend enough time with her growing daughter. After 30 years she realizes that she has the right to believe what she believes – family first and her daughter is the trigger. She admits that she was a hypocrite when she was with the Church of Scientology, of course the Church itself is nothing else but also “hypocrisy”. It is never too late to have a change in belief as long as she is on the right path.