Actress Leah Remini has opened up about her time inside the Church of Scientology as well as her decision to leave the organization along with the rest of her family. Remini recently said that it has taken her two years to heal after leaving and that it's something she still struggles with.
"Our decision to leave the organization — it's not just something you get over. It's people and a lifestyle you've known all your life. It formed who I am, good and bad. It formed the way I think, good and bad. And so there's a lot of pain connected to it, there's a lot of healing," Remini said during an appearance on Oprah's "Where Are They Now?" series.
The actress and her sister were raised in the organization, as their mother was a faithful member who spent a great deal of time working within the structure. Remini explained that she saw very little of her mother because the church required so much. And it was that pattern she saw repeating itself in her own relationship with her daughter that led her to decide to leave. more >>
Support for same-sex marriage in the United States is at a historic high, according to recently released results from a Gallup poll.
Gallup found that 60 percent of respondents believed that marriages between same-sex couples should be legally recognized, with 37 percent opposed.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will issue an executive order meant to protect businesses from being legally compelled to service gay marriages due to religious objections.
In response to the defeat of the Marriage and Conscience Act on Tuesday, Gov. Jindal announced his intention to issue an executive order with a similar objective.
"We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman," stated Jindal on Tuesday afternoon. more >>
A California congressman who authored his state's first in the nation ban on gay conversion therapy for minors has taken is fight to the federal level.
Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu, representative of California's 33rd District, introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act on Tuesday to the U.S. House.
WASHINGTON — In The Dadly Virtues: Adventures From the Worst Job You'll Ever Love, a collection of opinion writers and humorists use their day job (writing) to reminisce about their most important job (being a dad).
"The primary effect of children," the book's editor, Jonathan Last, explains in the introduction, "is that they take things from you.
"It begins with sleep, time, and dignity and then expands over the years to include sanity, serenity and a great deal of money." more >>
After being a member of the Church of Scientology for 30 years with her entire family, actress Leah Remini says her daughter is the single reason why she left the organization behind.
"I was working on a [Scientology] course one day. I was at one of these hotels in Florida and I saw my daughter swimming for the first time while I'm reading this [Scientology] thing. A tear came down my face," Remini said on an episode of Oprah's "Where Are They Now?" series. "I was like, 'What am I doing?'"
She continued: "I don't think people know the amount of dedication it takes to be in this organization," she explained. "I mean, it was every day, three-and-a-half hours minimum, seven days a week." During that fateful trip in Florida, though, Remini realized that she was "now doing the same thing to my daughter that my mother [had conveyed] to me … that what she was doing was more important." more >>