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8/1/13 at 01:03 PM 1 Comments

Leah Remini Praised for Ditching Scientology

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King of Queens Actress Leah Remini shocked Hollywood when she announced her split with the Church of Scientology last month. Now she is receiving support from fellow Scientology ex-member Hollywood Screenwriter/ Director Paul Haggis.

Haggis, who broke from the super-secretive church last in 2009, published an open letter to Remini in The Hollywood Reporter praising her decision. He decribed Remini as "a class act and a lovely human being". He also noted that she was one of only two church members who remained in contact with him after resigning from Scientology.

"Leah and I were always friendly but never close friends. Despite this, she called me as soon as she heard about my letter of resignation. Unlike the rest of my former friends, she expressed real sadness that I was leaving and concern for me and my family," he recalled.

Haggis wrote that Remini was right to question Scientology leader David Miscavige's infallibility. An unnamed source told the New York Post that Remini reportedly left the church after she "questioned the validity of excommunication of people." Ex-Scientology member Mike Rinder said the actress left because she was scolded for asking about Miscavige's wife Shelly while attending Tom Cruise's 2006 wedding.

Haggis wrote that he was similarly scolded.

"I made a similar mistake by insisting they look into the charges of abuse detailed by the Tampa Bay Times. I was working on a film about Martin Luther King Jr. at that moment and made the polite suggestion that even great leaders like Dr. King were human and fallible. Two of the senior church leaders leapt to their feet and shouted at me, 'How dare you compare a great man like David Miscavige to Martin Luther King!' I ended the meeting at that point, thanking them for coming" he shared.

Haggis warned the actress that her former religion would likely wage a smear campaign against her. However, Remini appears not to care. Remini told People Magazine "We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about."

She continued "I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to."

It is rumored that Remini may also write a book about her time with the church.

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