Leah’s War (Television Thoughts: Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath, Tuesday Nights on A & E)

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You have got to hand it to Leah Remini – when she starts fighting, she keeps on and on. Since she left the Church of Scientology, she has been on a crusade in revealing all he horrible experiences she had when she was a member, and now she has a new series on A & E, ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath,’ wherein she goes on exposing a lot of the cult’s hidden secrets. I just saw the first episode, ‘Disconnection,’ and it’s a very compelling watch. To be honest, there isn’t much new in this episode if you read her book ‘Troublemaker,’ (my thoughts here ) but for the more casual viewer, it is very interesting to see her narration of how she and her family got lured into the cult. The accusations here are pretty explosive  and they include allegations that the leader, David Miscavige allegedly physically assaulted some of its members, and one of its major defectors, Amy Scobee, was also allegedly sexually assaulted and then the church turned a blind eye on it. I have this fear of organized religion, and these reveals are just affirming my doubts. To be fair, though, the church has categorically denied all these, and A & E is repeatedly showing this disclaimer. Who do I believe? I guess I tend to believe the side of the victims more, but then again I always did. This is the first part of the series, and believe you me, I will be tuning in for more.

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