The Church of Scientology is being scrutinized more than ever as disillusioned former members speak about the organization’s controversial views and actions.
Actress Leah Remini has become the most famous Scientology whistleblower of all time, and she has damaged the public image of the religious movement with her shocking revelations and jaw-dropping accusations.
The Church of Scientology has been involved in endless controversies, including its position on psychiatry and the odd manner it deals with outsiders they deem as enemies.
Some critics go as far as questioning Scientology’s legitimacy as a religion as a whole.
It was recently revealed that no matter the amount of criticism the church receives, its celebrity members like Tom Cruise will never address them out of fear.
According to insiders, David Miscavige, the leader of the Scientology movement, does not allegedly approve of his followers talking to the media.
One source shared: “David’s word is all-powerful. And the risk of speaking out is too great.” While Cruise has stayed quiet for decades, Elisabeth Moss has always taken a different route.
Moss, who has been a part of the church since she was a child, has never been afraid to defend her beliefs and practices.
In a past interview, Moss acknowledged that she was a follower of the Church of Scientology and boldly added to The Daily Beast: “Right. It’s funny, there’s two things you’re never supposed to talk about at a dinner—politics or religion—and of course, I’m doing The Handmaid’s Tale, which is politics and religion, so it’s a strange situation where you’re going to be asked about these topics. I choose to express myself in my work and my art. I don’t choose to express myself about it in interviews. I don’t choose to talk about not just religion, but my personal life—who I’m dating and that kind of thing. So for me, it’s so hard to unpack in a sound bite or an interview, but I will say that the things that I truly believe in are the things that I’ve mentioned, and I think that they’re very important.”
She continued: “I think people should be allowed to talk about what they want to talk about and believe what they want to believe and you can’t take that away—and when you start to take that away when you start to say “you can’t think that,” “you can’t believe that,” “you can’t say that,” then you get into trouble. Then you get into Gilead. So whatever happens, I’m never going to take away your right to talk about something or believe something, and you can’t take away mine.”
A fan later called out Moss for being part of the controversial church.
Moss responded by saying: “Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion, and creed are extremely important to me.”
Remini tore into Moss for her decision to defend the church. The King oF Queens star stated at the time: “When I was in [Scientology], when I was being asked about Scientology—this was before the internet and social media—there wasn’t that much information on the internet about Scientology. Not like now. I was indoctrinated, just as Elisabeth [Moss], to not read what’s on the internet, to not read anything. Elisabeth has not watched my show. So, she knows nothing about what she’s talking about; she just needs to respond the way Scientology wants her to respond.”
When Remini won an Emmy for her documentary, Scientology and the Aftermath, Moss protested by leaving the awards show as the cameras rolled.
Sooner than later, the talented actress will be out promoting The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4, The French Dispatch, and Next Goal Wins, and many are wondering will she take on some of the accusations leveled against the church by Remini and other former Scientologists.