5 Things We Learned From 'Scientology and the Aftermath,' Episode 7 - 2017-01-11
This week's episode of Scientology and the Aftermath was supposedly prompted by accusations that host and former church member Leah Remini has "incited hate crimes" against the organization. Eager to find out more, she and fellow defector Mike Rinder paid a visit to one of the people who supposedly committed the hate crimes that Remini incited. Here's what she – and we – learned from her visit with the Brandon Reisdorf and his family, as well as three journalists who've spent their careers writing about, and allegedly enduring harassment, from the organization.
1. Scientology's beef with psychiatry is apparently a personal oneBrandon Reisdorf was born into a family of Scientologists – but he didn't grow up one. His parents, Lois and Gary Reisdorf, were both members of the Sea Org when they met; his mother was even part of of L. Ron Hubbard's Commodore's Messenger Organization, a group of elite churchgoers.
In 1982, Lois and Gary left the organization to start a family and moved back to her home country of South Africa. They raised three sons outside the Church for a number of years, though Scientology had an allure to the boys. Both Brandon and his brother Craig ended up joining of their own volition; Gary and Lois decided to play by the institution's rules so they wouldn't be seen as "potential trouble sources." When Brandon began to exhibit signs that he was having mental and emotional problems, however, they found themselves resistant to sending him to a mental health professional because of what they had supposedly learned from Hubbard – that psychiatry (and the entire mental health profession) is the "enemy."