Leah Remini is suggesting that those on the Church of Scientology cruise ship Freewinds, that is being quarantined in St. Lucia, use this chance to escape.
This could be a “blessing in disguise” the actress and former Scientology member told Newsweek.
On Monday, National Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marlene Fredericks James announced that the ship would be quarantined due to a measles case on the ship and the ability of the disease to spread quickly.
“This outbreak could be a blessing in disguise because maybe some people can get off this ship of horrors,” Remini said. “Circumstances like this give an opportunity for some agencies or authorities to gain access to this ship beyond what would normally be offered.”
Freewinds is a 440-foot ship that is described by the Church as the “pinnacle of a deeply spiritual journey,” where its members can reach New OT VIII, their highest level of spirituality.
Newsweek tried to confirm if anyone was being held on the ship “against their own volition”, a common statement from those who have left the Church of Scientology, but could “not independently confirm.”
Remini left the church in 2013 and has since dedicated her time to educating people about the nature of the religion which is mostly unknown. She is described as a “suppressive person”, someone who left Scientology without permission.
As Remini puts it, the situation with the ship is a chance for any official to board and ask if anyone needs help leaving. She adds that many of the people may not know there is a world outside of the church.
“They don’t know that they have a place to go. They don’t know there are people out here who are willing to literally take these people in and help them,” Remini said. “They have no way of contacting us. When you really look at it, they need someone to care.”
Mike Rinder, a former Scientology senior executive, who works with Remini on her show “Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath” says that the important thing to do is ask if anyone needs help.
“If nobody asked they’d never get the opportunity to say, ‘yes,’” he says. “Would they [leave]? I don’t know. They have been very, very mind controlled and taught to believe that if they’re in a bad place it’s being created by their own ill acts.”