Religion is a conversation topic that will forever be wrapped up in controversies and opinions. The world is split by millions of interpretations that all try to explain the same idea, to understand and find comfort in something of a higher power. People believe everything along a certain spectrum that claims religion is what will bring us together and will be the final peace; or, that religion is the reason for conflict and destruction around the world. No one can be proven right and we, as human beings, are entitled to our own opinion and to think as we wish. There are hundreds of religions, and the denominations of Christianity by themselves count for half. From religions as old as Hinduism to as new as Scientology, everything is in line for interpretation.
Almost two years back, an HBO documentary was released about the newest addition to the world of religions. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a film taking a look at the world created in the 1950’s by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. The profound author published a book called Dianetics, but this book was not just another for his collection; rather, it was the start of a movement, a group, a cult, an operation, a corporation, a new ‘religion.’ Going Clear brings you into the church, brings you up close and personal with the concept and beliefs that float around the billion dollar organization. There are candid interviews with ex-members, including stories about terms and agreements that have them so intertwined in the religion that leaving truly will risk everything.
HBO gifted entertainment with a new look at the unknown that is this new franchise, but there was something missing. The movie got swept under the rug, the church of Scientology swarmed the media and claimed that everyone involved was only creating stories and soon enough the movie would have passed with half the amount of uproar it deserved. Even though things quieted down recently, the talk of the mystery institution still lingered and a door opened to an inquisition. Enter a brand new A&E mini-series created by comedy star Leah Remini.
You may recognize Leah Remini from the comedy sitcom King of Queens, living life alongside her stage husband Kevin James. She made appearances on 90’s classics such as Saved by the Bell and Cheers, making a name for herself and becoming a familiar face in comedy. There was not much known about Remini besides her talent with comedy, but one thing the actress and television star always spoke passionately about was Scientology. Since the days of her publicly building the credibility of this ‘religion,’ she has disconnected from the church and put in hard work to shine a light on this defining, corporation.
The series’ first season is 8 episodes of interviews and a new look into the church of Scientology. Get a fresh perspective on the nationwide trust that houses people from everyday citizens to big name stars like John Travolta and Tom Cruise. Create your own opinion about Ron. L Hubbard’s religion, and learn how others have been convinced of this new belief. You can catch Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath on Tuesdays at 9 CT on A&E.