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17:06  11 january  2017
17:06  11 january  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

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  Ex-Scientologist says he fought to go to twin's funeral For the sixth episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the A&E series returned to Clearwater, Fla., which The King of Queens’ cohort, Mike Rinder, said was home to “the spiritual headquarters of Scientology.” Remini and Rinder visited Aaron Smith-Levin, a former parishioner who claimed he was with the Church for approximately 29 years before departing at the age of 33. The religion’s website states, “With Scientology, millions know life can be a worthwhile proposition, that Man can live a fulfilled life in harmony with others and that the world can be a happier place.” However, Aaron’s Scientology tale was one of heartbreak, claiming members of the Church played an integral role in dissolving the relationship he had with his twin brother, Collin, by encouraging disconnection. The Church has previously denied having a disconnection policy in a statement addressed to the series’ executive producer. “There is no policy in Scientology that requires members to disconnect from anyone, family or friends, who have left the Church or who have different religious beliefs,” the statement reads. “No Scientologist ‘disconnects’ from someone because they left the Church. Disconnection or ceasing to communicate with someone happens when an individual obsessively attacks the individual or those things that affect his spiritual progress, including his religion or Church and only after all other options have been exhausted.

The 7 most shocking Scientology allegations we learned from Leah Remini 's new show. Leah Remini continues her quest to expose the truth about her former religion, Scientology , on her new series, "Leah Remini : Scientology and the Aftermath." With the eight-episode series, Remini set out to document the stories of alleged abuse from former Scientologists , including her own 30-year experience belonging to the organization.

More Options. Leah Remini used to be one of the most vocal members of the Church of Scientology . Then, a few years ago, she broke free. Last year she published her tell-all memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology . Now she’s spearheading a new documentary series for A&E that interviews former Scientologists about their harrowing experiences. Today ET aired an exclusive preview of Leah Remini : Scientology and the Aftermath and it looks like it’s going to be explosive.

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Set in sunny Los Angeles, Tuesday’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath shared another dark account of a former parishioner’s time in the Church.

The latest episode of the A&E docuseries introduced viewers to Brandon Reisdorf, a sufferer of mental illness who alleged he did not receive the proper care from members of the religious organization.

“From a psychiatry point of view, he had bipolar issues,” Brandon’s mother Lois, a Scientologist for 22 years, confided to the camera. “We didn’t even know that at that time. All we knew is that he was having problems. So even though we had left the Church, we were trying to handle it with Scientology.”

“The Scientologists don’t believe in mental conditions being treated with drugs,” Remini claimed in an interview. “They believe they have the answer, and so they will handle this disorder with Scientology auditing, assists, and or vitamins.”

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“They constantly invent new things,” Remini said. Kahn had to repeat "The Bridge" herself, but she became fed up with the constant pressure to pay more exorbitant fees. At one point, she alleged a fellow Scientologist charged her credit card without her knowing and said he did it because he needed to meet his financial goal for the church. DON'T MISS: The 7 most shocking Scientology allegations we learned from Leah Remini 's new show.

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Remini’s partner for the project, Mike Rinder, alleged that the religion’s founder was the reason parishioners disagreed with psychiatry. “Scientology hates psychiatry so much because L. Ron Hubbard said that Scientologists should hate psychiatry,” Rinder claimed to the camera. “L. Ron Hubbard offered Dianetics (a book he penned) to the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association in 1950, and they laughed at him. He then determined that they were the enemies of mankind.”

However, Scientology’s website explains its “objection to psychiatry does not stem from any desire to deny the insane treatment. Rather, the Church objects to the mistreatment of the insane…”

The statement also says, “… psychiatry has invented numerous ‘cures’ which eventually proved destructive in the extreme,” citing electroconvulsive therapy, lobotomies and drugs.

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“Being born into Scientology, it’s kind of passed down that psychiatry’s not the answer to any spiritual problems or mental problems or whatever,” Brandon told Remini and Rinder, “and so the Church gave me their solution to that problem, which is called the introspection rundown.” This process was defined in the docuseries as, “Scientology’s method of treating a psychotic episode wherein the subject is isolated then put through rigorous auditing.”

In a conversation with Remini and Rinder, Brandon claimed that he was at the home of two Scientologists trained in the process for approximately six weeks, and that he was watched “basically for 24-hours around the clock.”

“I was locked in a room for 24 hours a day,” Brandon shared, “experiencing craziness in my mind. It was just colors and pictures and hallucinations.”

He said the Church’s goal is, “to just let it go, and they claim (the episode will) run out eventually and then you’re fine again. It’s hard to explain. I should’ve been in a psychiatric hospital.”

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When Brandon chose to leave the Church after his parents were allegedly declared Suppressive People in 2016, his brother Craig remained a Scientologist. The idea of losing his sibling sent Brandon into a spiral, and he threw a hammer through a Scientology Church window.

Brandon said after the incident he was placed in a psychiatric ward for 19 days, where he reluctantly took medicine that helped in his recovery.

“I did protest taking the psychiatric drugs ‘cause I was still a bit brainwashed about it," he said. "They had to get a federal court order for me to take it and so I took the drugs after I lost that.”

The Church of Scientology discredits Brandon’s parents on a website, alleging they were removed from the organization “for dishonesty and unethical behavior.”

“Now, frustrated that their son Craig remains in the religion and that he refused to let them run his entire life, they are resorting to Leah Remini’s hate-filled reality TV show to lie,” the Church’s statement reads.

“Rather than accept responsibility as parents, the Reisdorfs use the program to offer excuses while allowing warped hatemongers Remini and Mike Rinder to actually try to blame their former religion for a violent attack against the Los Angeles Church by their son Brandon in which he was arrested and charged by authorities before pleading guilty.”

You can read the Church’s full statement here and  also review its letter to the series’ production company.

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