Leah Remini schools us on what motivates Scientologists to toe the line - 2016-11-12
Last month, we found ourselves having dinner in some pretty special company. We had flown out to Los Angeles and sat down for a meal with BBC journalist John Sweeney, longtime Scientology critic Mark Bunker, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, and the person who had brought us all together, actress, producer, and Troublemaker author Leah Remini.
We were there to talk about her upcoming series for A&E, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and it was a real treat to discuss it with these figures we admire so much.
We can't go into too much detail about what we talked about, but there was one moment we wanted to describe for you. We had fallen onto the subject of Scientology's snitching culture, that everyone in the church is constantly watching everyone else and looking for any reason to turn people in for breaking the rules. Children are expected to turn in their own parents if they catch them watching television programs critical of Scientology or looking at websites like the one you're looking at now. Husbands turn in wives, brothers turn in sisters, and once they've been snitched on Scientologists undergo abusive interrogations that can literally take weeks to complete — and at the end of it, they're billed for it!