Leah Remini began her emotional manipulation in Season 2 of “Scientology and the Aftermath” before the first episode aired with a promotional article in the Hollywood Reporter claiming that she wanted a federal investigation of Scientology, and then falsely accusing Scientologists of believing in pedophilia.
Since then, every emotionally manipulative episode has contained specious suggestions that Scientology caused people to commit suicide, with guilt-by-association claims that Scientology caused pedophiles to attack children, and then condoned the attacks afterward. And now Leah wants you to believe that Scientology causes parents to abandon their children.
Each incident that Leah Remini and Mike Rinder report this season actually happened – most of them decades ago. And the peoples’ lives they showcase certainly suffered the abuse they claim on the show. But these atrocity stories are not typical of what the overwhelming majority of Scientologists believe, or how they behave.
The point is that if you really want a federal investigation, and you are not simply trying to manipulate people emotionally, then you would present evidence of illegal activity and criminal incidents that David Miscavige or Church officials have engaged in which will cause a federal investigation to occur – something, anything, the feds can actually use.
Neither Leah Remini nor Mike Rinder are doing this in Season 2. They have instead opted for emotional manipulation of as many people as they can gather, in the hope that it will be the numbers of people who hate Scientology that will cause the federal investigation to occur, rather than having to present any evidence of any actual crimes themselves.
They want to amass a huge army of angry people who hate Scientology and other minority religions by telling them cherry picked, amped up, and decades old atrocity stories designed to inflame peoples’ emotions and to distract them from reality.
I loved Season 1 of the show. But this season, I am really ashamed of Leah Remini and Mike Rinder. They are obviously on a personal revenge trip against David Miscavige and they want to use every thing and every one else they can to get that revenge – no matter who suffers and no matter what is the truth.
I want to see David Miscavige in jail, too, but I am not going to lie about Scientology and Scientologists to do it.
Here are some further thoughts on what I think lies at the bottom of all this.