Actress Leah Remini criticized after explaining why she left Scientology

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  • Well.ok Lehi, UT
    March 10, 2014 2:31 p.m.

    Wait, was that statement written by an official spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology or a 16 year-old girl on twitter?

  • donn layton, UT
    March 8, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    @ michaeljensen, "I challenge you to come up with any scrap of evidence that any leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has publicly criticized and berated and ridiculed someone for leaving the Church. The burden of proof lies upon you to support your claim."

    (JoD V. 2 p. 142).Can you make a Christian of a Jew? I tell you Nay, If a Jew comes into this church ,and the blood honestly professes to be a Saint, a follower of Christ, and if the blood of Judah is in his veins, he will apostatize

  • Helena Spanish Fork, UT
    March 8, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    As an ex-LDS member it's true you face plenty of naysayers, especially within your own family. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up for what you believe in even if you're standing alone. I wouldn't talk negatively or bash my former faith because I have respect for what is part of my upbringing and also is a positive part of what I've become.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 8, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    and LDS,
    and FLDS,
    and Jews,
    and Muslims....

    No different.

  • michael.jensen369 Lethbridge, 00
    March 8, 2014 9:06 a.m.


    I challenge you to come up with any scrap of evidence that any leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has publicly criticized and berated and ridiculed someone for leaving the Church. The burden of proof lies upon you to support your claim.

  • michael.jensen369 Lethbridge, 00
    March 8, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    @Red Corvette

    Nor does this lady actively try to destroy the Scientologist religion, and she doesn't seem totally obsessed with destroying other peoples faith in God. Every apostate that I've ever interacted with who has left the church in anger, fits that description to a t. With all of that said, we are still counseled to treat people with kindness and civility, no matter who they are. A lot of members of the Church probably fall short of that. I probably fall short of that too. But that's not the flaw of the doctrine.

  • michael.jensen369 Lethbridge, 00
    March 8, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    @ Red Corvette

    As far as I know, Scientologists don't make covenants with the Lord Jesus Christ, to keep His commandments. And as far as I know, Scientologists don't make sacred obligations and covenants in a house of God.

  • Breal Denton, TX
    March 8, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    Red Corvette, are you speaking form one that has first hand knowledge or from someone you know? I have experienced this first hand and it's nothing like what she went through.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    March 8, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    Red, it has everything to do with being high-profile and vocal about it. If she had just faded away and lived her own life without making a big deal of it, nobody would say anything about it.

    It’s the same way for the “apostate Mormons” and anybody else who alters their way of life. If they just do it and leave it alone, they go on their merry way and life continues. It’s the ones who stand up and call attention to themselves and publicly condemn their former life that draw the interest of their previous associates and media critics.

  • Ad Rem Falls Church, VA
    March 8, 2014 7:32 a.m.

    Oh that's easy, when a Scientologist leaves, both official church spokespeople and famous Scientologists make deliberate, public disparaging personal attacks. Additionally they harass and use the personal information received in clergy confessions (clearing). When a Mormon leaves, silence. It is true, family and friends may make private comments, but that's it. If a person can't see the difference, they might want to educate themselves about the actions of the Church of Scientology.

  • ThinksIThink SEATTLE, WA
    March 8, 2014 3:38 a.m.

    @Red Corvette

    Leah found out the truth about the church. When she told the truth and left the church, leaders and members of scientology criticized her. I think you're right, it's no different.

    Outside of the few who criticized Leah, there was a groundswell of support for her.

  • Ronnie W. Layton, UT
    March 7, 2014 11:23 p.m.

    @Red Corvette

    You asked, so I will try to answer.

    No LDS spokesperson would call an ex-member "self-absorbed" for their choices. Not many members would call ex-members "bigots" for leaving.

    As for me and my life, I have siblings, and other close friends who have "left the church". I still talk to them as often as I did before. I still love them as I did before. I disagree with some of their choices, but I know I can't makes choices for others. I want them in my life, so I still talk with them. Sometimes those who leave are the ones to cut the ties because they want nothing to do with church.

    I feel you are trying to paint a picture of Mormons that is unfair and inaccurate. I am sure some unkind things have been done in the past. But let's be real here, it's is very different than what is described in this article.

  • FromSunnyStGeorge ST GEORGE, UT
    March 7, 2014 11:12 p.m.

    Red Corvette: The word Mormon never showed up in the article. But to answer your question as to how it is different? Mormonism has never been the popular, media protected choice of the Hollywood elite. Mormonism is the "step child" religion that gets mocked in Broadway productions, and is kicked whenever a chance is given. Like you just did for example.