As you’ve probably heard by now, Leah Remini broke up with the Church of Scientology. Apparently she’d been questioning Church practices, specifically the leadership of Tom Cruise’s BFF David Miscavige, the megalomaniacal head of Scientology, and asking too many questions about his wife, who’s allegedly been missing for a few years, even though Church officials insist she’s safe and doing Xenu’s work. Remini confirmed the split at an event recently, explaining obliquely but also obviously that:

“We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are and what we’re about. I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family and friendships and hold those things sacrosanct. … No one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can and cannot talk to.”

Paul Haggis stepped away from Scientology a few years ago and was much more direct about why he was leaving. He wrote a letter and he spoke to Vanity Fair and he was very specific about the Church’s nefarious tactics – click here and here for refreshers.

Now Haggis is speaking out once again against Scientology, this time in defence of his friend Remini, supporting her decision to quit the Xenu, and giving some more insight into what went on behind the scenes. According to Haggis, he was part of the rift between Remini and the Church because she refused to cut him off, as is the policy of Church members, when someone decides to tap out on the religion you’re supposed to not talk to them anymore. Remini continued to maintain contact with Haggis and publicly. And this, combined with her challenging Miscavige’s rule, led to her being punished by the organisation. Haggis makes it sound like she was locked in a dungeon as other Xenu disciples got all Twi-Hard on her ass. It’s terrifying.

You can read his account here. My favourite part of his piece is when he, during his own Scientology extrication, brought up Martin Luther King Jr and the crazy Xenu people went apesh-t on him for daring to compare MLK to David Miscavige…WHAT THE F-CK!?!

At this point, Scientology is about as unpopular as having someone take a dump on your face, as Sasha would say. Maybe even more. And the worst part of it is that its greatest supporter, Tom Cruise, can no longer afford to step up and save it because they have to protect his career. Seeing as its second greatest support, John Travolta, can barely keep his dick away from a masseur long enough to do a song and dance on a beach in Brazil, right now the Church is in slink and cower position, vulnerable for a coup. It’s as simple as changing leadership. But, like all dictators, Miscavige refuses to go without a bloody fight. What if Tom Cruise decides that that could be his greatest role? The Conqueror!