There is controversy over Scientology in the wake of the sad death of actress, Kirstie Alley.
This week, Alley’s children, True and Lillie, along with with ex-husband Parker Stevenson announced their mothers death from colon cancer saying on Instagram, “We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered.”
She was only 71-years-old.
The wife, mother, grandmother, actress, and friend was also a member of the Church of Scientology. Rolling Stone reports that she “credited reading Hubbard’s 1950 book Dianetics, which started the Scientology movement, with ending her cocaine addiction.”
Fellow actress and former friend, Leah Remini, famously left the cult in 2013, causing a bitter rift between the two. Alley denied Remini’s claims that anyone from Scientology would retaliate against those who left.
This week, however, Remini isn’t focused on their feud but on the sadness of the passing of the beloved “Cheers” star and wonders if it was a preventable loss.
Leah Remini continues to warn others about the dangerous cult of Scientology.
“Alley is the third high-profile Scientology celeb to die of cancer in the last couple years, joining Kelly Preston (July 12, 2020) and Chick Corea (February 9, 2021). Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was openly critical of western medicine, and Scientologists are known for seeking alternatives to standard medical care.”
“While it has been reported that Kirstie sought conventional cancer treatment, which gave her a fighting chance, the majority of Scientologists do not seek treatment until it’s too late,” Remini says. “Scientologists are convinced they can cure themselves of diseases like cancer. It’s one of the more sinister things they promise. And because Scientology claims to be an exact science, not a faith, its members are brainwashed into believing these false claims as guarantees.”
Newsweek reports that “New York Magazine and HuffPost contributor Yashar Ali tweeted” that according to Scientology, Alley should not have been susceptible to cancer.
“One of the promises that Scientology explicitly makes to members (on paper!) is if you reach the upper levels of Scientology you won’t get cancer,” the journalist tweeted on Monday. “Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston, two dedicated Scientologists, have both died of cancer in the past two years.”
While social media claims have been made that Alley’s elevated level of involvement in Scientology should have made her “impervious to cancer,” no official pronouncements to that effect have been made by the Church of Scientology.
Remini says she’s thinking of Alley’s children who are still involved with Scientology.
“Although Scientologists don’t believe in prayers, my prayers do go out to her two children, who are now without their mom,” she says. “I hope they can, one day, free themselves of this dangerous and toxic organization.”
The Bible says there’s a time for everything. Right now, it is the time to grieve the death of a woman loved by many.
As her children process their loss, many join their prayers with Remini’s that Kirstie Alley’s children (and others) reconsider their involvement with Scientology.