Scientology draws dueling petitions involving Leah Remini, the IRS and change.org

Source: Tampa Bay Times

Reaction to this month’s Season 2 premiere of the Emmy-nominated Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath series has been swift, from the religion’s international spiritual headquarters in Clearwater and nationwide.

Two dueling online petitions have emerged since the Aug. 15 premiere: one calling for the IRS to investigate Scientology’s tax exempt status. That one was launched by Jeffrey Augustine, Scientology researcher and husband of former Scientologist Karen de la Carriere, who served aboard the church’s ship Apollo with founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The other, launched by a teenage Scientologist in India, calls for the cancellation of the series, alleging it is a “hate show” inciting violence.

But the most notable response comes from the Church of Scientology itself, which has historically prohibited members from reading or acknowledging negative media about the church.

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