reported that the actress parted ways with the church, allegedly sick of the culture of intimidation. According to sources including the Post and blogger Tony Ortega, the rift stems from her questioning of leader David Miscavige’s authority.Leah Remini is best known for two things: "The King of Queens" and Scientology. As one of the most openly devout celebrity members of the church, she's been an unofficial mouthpiece for the controversial religion for the past decade. But new reports claim Remini's had a falling out with the organization. On Thursday, the New York Post
"It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people," an unnamed source told the Post. "She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of 'religion.'"
As of Thursday afternoon, there was no official word from Remini, who's been linked to the church for nearly three decades. But she’s said plenty in the past about her dedication to Scientology, speaking out in its defense during interviews, sharing snippets of Scientology-themed parenting advice, and hobnobbing with the church’s other famous adherents, from Tom Cruise to Anne Archer.
So just to keep you busy until something new is said (and also for nostalgia's sake), we’ve pulled together a little timeline of Remini Scientology quotes, as reported through the years.
In 2001, to CNN, in response to criticism of Scientology:
“If somebody is going to get turned off about something because of what they read or heard, then that person's not smart enough to even enter a church. If you're really against something, then know what you're against.”
Also in 2001, on the Howard Stern Show:
“I understand how it looks,” she said when Stern told her she was “too smart” to believe in Scientology. “If I hadn’t been in it I would probably feel the same way. Because I know what really goes on there…You don’t really know what you’re talking about.”
When Stern asked what Scientology’s “Clay Table” was, she explained: “OK let’s say you’re reading something that you’re not quite getting. You take some frigging clay, you go here’s this, you put it in clay…It has nothing to do with spiritual, it has to do with learning something. You just put it out as a demonstration, like if you cannot get a concept or something. There’s no Scientology clay, there’s no Scientology hairspray. It’s just normal friggin’ clay.”
Stern asked, “How’d they get you?” to which she replied, “They didn’t ‘get’ me.’ They didn’t come to my house, didn’t recruit me.”
The radio host also asked if L. Ron Hubbard was God and if there were worship services. “Nobody thinks L. Ron Hubbard’s God,” she said. To the latter: “They have Sunday services, but you can be Jewish and be a Scientologist. All I’m saying is, it’s taken things that you can use and apply to your life from other religions and put it into a workable system.”
In 2003, on the Howard Stern Show:
After Howard asks if “the Center” approves of her planned marriage to Angelo Pagan (which took place later that year at the Scientology Center), she laughed and said, “I haven’t gone to the Center yet, specifically, to ask.”
In 2006, in Us Weekly:
"She's a newborn and normal size," she reported about Suri Cruise after allegedly being the first person to lay eyes on the cloistered baby. "Tom and Kate … want to have a life and raise their baby. They're normal parents."
In 2006, in People:
"When your child gets hurt, they kind of look for your reaction," she said, explaining how Scientologist deal with such a situation. "We just give them a second and try not to gasp. You console them, but you don't do the initial 'Aaah!' They might not react as much if your reaction isn't as big. It's about letting them be self-determined but in a safe environment."
In same article, she talked about the Scientology practice of women having “Silent Births,” calling for quiet when a baby is born: "I attempted to do it," she said about giving birth to her daughter Sofia in 2005. "But I don't want there to be a misconception that you're sitting there not grunting or screaming when a child is coming out. It's pretty painful. You just want to try to have the birth be as pleasant as possible for your baby."
In 2009, in a YouTube video:
“Is there any other religion that would put up with this kind of talk? This kind of bigotry? You know what I mean? Nobody would,” she said in response to journalist British John Sweeney asking adherents to respond to claims that Scientology is a “PR stunt” and that it has “brainwashed” people:
In 2008, in an email published by Gawker (which could not verify the authenticity):
“Do you ever wonder why you are not moving? No? Then that's an outpoint. You are Clear, you are special, why have you not moved? Whatever the reason, there is an answer and a solution. I don't care what it is: you were not serviced right or fast enough, people don't get you, you have other things going on that we don't get, you are helping others, you are upset, you haven't been acked, your life is actually going well, your life is not going well, there's no money there's no time, if you were a millionaire you would do it no problem, you are waiting for your 2D to make it, there's no urgency, you are not sure if you have what it takes to be OT, you hated your auditor, you don't like the parking situation...WHATEVER IT IS, IT IS STOPPING YOU AND THERE IS A REASON FOR THAT!”
In 2010, to the Associated Press:
"I love to make people laugh, entertain them," she said about her role on the about-to-launch “The Talk,” and whether she will discuss Scientology on the show or not. "That other thing is something that is not even part of my discussion."