Leah Remini has addressed Kirstie Alley’s current dying, whereas criticizing the “toxic” Church of Scientology for what she described as its “false claims” about curing most cancers.
Cheers star Alley’s kids, True and Lillie Parker, revealed in an announcement shared on their mom’s Twitter and Instagram accounts on Monday that the actress had handed away after receiving remedy for the illness in Tampa, Florida.
The mourning siblings revealed of their assertion that Alley had “only recently discovered” that she had most cancers, whereas they thanked “the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Moffitt Cancer Center for their care.”
Remini, who has been an outspoken critic of Scientology since quitting the church again in 2013, has since shared her response to the dying of devoted Scientologist Alley, with whom she notably had a public confrontation.
Though Remini stated that the information of Alley’s dying is “very sad,” she went on to say that Scientology’s teachings about coping with most cancers and different illnesses has left “the majority” of members not searching for remedy “until it’s too late.”
“While it has been reported that Kirstie sought conventional cancer treatment, which gave her a fighting chance, the majority of Scientologists do not seek treatment until it’s too late,” she instructed Rolling Stone.
“Scientologists are convinced they can cure themselves of diseases like cancer,” the actress continued. “It’s one of the more sinister things they promise.
“And as a result of Scientology claims to be an actual science, not a religion, its members are brainwashed into believing these false claims as ensures.”
Amid social media debate about Scientology’s views on cancer following Alley’s death, New York Magazine and HuffPost contributor Yashar Ali tweeted claims that Alley’s elevated status within Scientology meant that she should have been impervious to cancer.
“One of the guarantees that Scientology explicitly makes to members (on paper!) is in the event you attain the higher ranges of Scientology you will not get most cancers,” the journalist tweeted on Monday. “Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston, two devoted Scientologists, have each died of most cancers previously two years.”
The Church of Scientology’s web site would not point out this, however does advise adherents to “seek conventional medical treatment for illnesses and injuries.”
Almost 70 years after the Church of Scientology was based by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, his earlier feedback on sickness and most cancers proceed to be introduced up in waves amid dialogue over its beliefs.
According to a 2020 article in The Daily Beast, Hubbard stated throughout a November 1956 lecture that most cancers was attributable to cells multiplying after coming to the belief that the physique they’re inhabiting is blocked from having kids.
“It always requires a second-dynamic or sexual upset, such as the loss of children or some other mechanism to bring about a condition known as cancer,” Hubbard is quoted as saying within the lecture “The Scale of Havingness.”
He stated that he combated the difficulty by convincing the cells that the topic might even have kids by “mocking up babies” and this inflicting “a considerable change” within the most cancers case.
Hubbard’s 1950 e-book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, which is seen as a canonical textual content of Scientology, works on the premise that almost all of human illnesses are psychosomatic, together with his “technology” of counseling strategies highlighted because the treatment for nearly all diseases.
In Scientology phrases, Alley was reported in 2018 to be a New Operating Thetan (OT) VIII, which is probably the most superior OT, or religious state of being.
While it has been asserted on social media that Alley’s stage of religious being would make her proof against sickness, there isn’t any official textual content on the Church of Scientology’s web site that helps such claims.
In an announcement to The Daily Beast in 2020, the church stated: “There is nothing in Scientology that says an individual at any level is impervious to disease, and there is nothing in the religion that says anything about ‘curing cancer.'”
Back in 2009, the Church of Scientology additional stated in an announcement to ABC News that it supported its members getting standard medical remedy.
“Scientologists seek conventional medical treatment for medical conditions,” the church stated. “Scientologists use prescription drugs when physically ill and also rely on the advice and treatment of medical doctors. The Church does not involve itself in the diagnosis or classification of any medical condition.”
Sharing an opposing view, Remini stated in her documentary Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, per Insider: “The church doctrine thinks that fields of psychology and psychiatry are a sham. They deny mental illness and afflictions. They promote that you can heal your psychosomatic issues with their ‘technology.’
“They will get in the best way of individuals taking medicines. They will stop individuals from getting the actual medical assist that they want. And in some instances, have triggered suicides due to it. Scientology is mentally abusive as a result of we’re all taught that we’re answerable for every little thing.”
Back in 2019, amid reports that a Scientology cruise ship had been quarantined in the waters of Caribbean island St. Lucia following a confirmed case of measles, Remini also claimed that church members used derogatory terms for illnesses.
“The Scientology ship, The Freewinds, is the place they attain one of many highest ranges of Scientology & are imagined to be impervious to ‘Wog Illness,'” she posted on Twitter at the time. “A Wog is a derogatory time period used to explain all of you, who’re all simply common people in comparison with the superior scientologist.”
While Alley and Remini had directed feedback at each other over the previous a number of years, they obtained right into a confrontation on Twitter again in February concerning what was then the early phases of Russia invading Ukraine.
After Alley stated in a since-deleted tweet that she did not know “what’s real or what is fake in this war” and provided prayer in lieu of a remark, Remini hit again: “She has no comment on these crimes against humanity? But she’s going to pray? Scientology, her ‘religion’, says Christ is a pedophile and a lie. Scientologists aren’t allowed to believe in anything else other than Scientology. So who is she praying to?”
“I don’t care what the punk a** t**** say. I believe in the power of prayer,” Alley responded, after additionally being criticized by her former Dancing With the Stars accomplice Maksim Chmerkovskiy. “I will continue to pray for the people of Ukraine. […]I pray to the same God you do. So get over your nasty selves.”
Per the Scientology web site, founder Hubbard “honored the great religious leaders of the past for the wisdom they brought to the world. He wrote that Scientology shares “the objectives set for Man by Christ, that are knowledge, good well being and immortality.”
It further states that Scientology “completely” has a concept of God, noting that “the idea of God is expressed because the Eighth Dynamic—the urge towards existence as infinity. This can also be recognized because the Supreme Being.”
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Remini said that she is holding onto hope that Alley’s adult children will one day walk away from Scientology.
“Although Scientologists do not imagine in prayers, my prayers do exit to her two kids, who at the moment are with out their mother,” she said. “I hope they will, at some point, free themselves of this harmful and poisonous group.”
Newsweek has reached out to representatives of the Church of Scientology for comment.