Let’s just call it what it is: Propaganda. Deliberate misinformation is not a “half-truth,” “distortion of reality” or “a loose relationship with the facts.” It’s also not “a bold truth” or simply “The Truth” as A&E’s publicity has asserted.
The Leah Remini Aftermath episodes are all cases of purposefully manufactured stories disseminated to spread misinformation and generate fury, hatred and derision.
Propaganda as a means of spreading religious hate is something most of us read about in history class and don’t conceive as occurring right here and right now. The Aftermath show is just that and is paying people with cash and perks to manipulate a narrative to suit their ends. Non-corrosive terms for what they are doing such as “distortions” and “half-truths” are justifications. This show has gone far beyond that. It has altered what is real for the purpose of goading religious hatred, instigating violence, manufacturing bigotry and driving fear.
And so it goes, episode after episode, with twisted stories and proven falsehoods portrayed as reality when they are anything but.
Nothing is more despicable. Enough is Enough.
December 10, 2018
Re: Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath/Nation of Islam
Dear Mr. Reiff:
This is in reply to your letter of November 26, 2018, “Nation of Islam.” The purpose of this letter is to make a record of the extent to which you, Leah Remini, Mike Rinder and the other production staff at Slauson Productions and A&E continue to deliberately ignore the facts, in pursuit of your biased agenda.
We have continued to tell you, repeatedly, that Mike Rinder is a proven and admitted liar, including under oath. Specifically, here, there is no belief in Scientology that other faiths and religions are anything but to be respected. The Creed of our Church since 1954 is as follows:
We of the Church believe
That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights.
That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance.
That all men have inalienable rights to their own lives.
That all men have inalienable rights to their sanity.
That all men have inalienable rights to their own defense.
That all men have inalienable rights to conceive, choose, assist or support their own organizations, churches and governments.
That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others.
That all men have inalienable rights to the creation of their own kind.
That the souls of men have the rights of men.
That the study of the mind and the healing of mentally caused ills should not be alienated from religion or condoned in nonreligious fields.
And that no agency less than God has the power to suspend or set aside these rights, overtly or covertly.
And we of the Church believe
That Man is basically good.
That he is seeking to survive.
That his survival depends upon himself and upon his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.
And we of the Church believe that the laws of God forbid Man
To destroy his own kind.
To destroy the sanity of another.
To destroy or enslave another’s soul.
To destroy or reduce the survival of one’s companions or one’s group.
And we of the Church believe That the spirit can be saved and
That the spirit alone may save or heal the body.
As for your other sources, we have little information to give you beyond the fact that we learned from the internet that Ms. Gray passed away in November and per our files she had not been a parishioner or staff member for many years, had a very brief involvement in the Church and was found at the time to be unqualified for both parishioner services and Church staff.
I ask that you publish a card with a statement from the Church, as follows:
The Church states that it supports religious freedom for all and respects the religious beliefs of others, for all faiths, as enshrined in its Creed.
The Church accuses Remini of spreading vitriolic religious hate and bigotry that instigates violence. The Church also insists that this disgustingly bigoted show spreads lies and foments discrimination, as was done in Germany in the 1930s. The Church urges A&E and Disney to stop turning a blind eye to their effort to profit by spreading lies and religious hate.
cc: Cam Stracher