Is Scien­tol­ogy Fad­ing?

In Touch (USA) - - Newsflash -

Tom’s beloved re­li­gion isn’t as pop­u­lar as it once was, ac­cord­ing to a re­port on Scien­tol­ogy critic Tony Ortega’s web­site, The Un­der­ground Bunker. While church lead­er­ship claims its world­wide mem­ber­ship is 10 mil­lion, a re­cent de­fec­tor named Peter Nyiri, who had ac­cess to en­roll­ment doc­u­ments at Scien­tol­ogy headquarters, told Ortega that he agreed with fel­low de­fec­tor and for­mer high-level ex­ec­u­tive Paul Burkhart’s es­ti­mate that cur­rent mem­ber­ship is likely as low as 20,000. Though a Scien­tol­ogy rep says, “th­ese are non­sen­si­cal claims,” more and more ex-sci­en­tol­o­gists are speak­ing out, too. Leah Rem­ini’s re­al­ity se­ries, Leah Rem­ini: Scien­tol­ogy and the Af­ter­math, has shined a light on the church’s al­leged abuses, and af­ter her show won an Emmy on Sept. 10, ac­tress Nazanin Bo­niadi, who once re­port­edly au­di­tioned to be Tom’s wife, tweeted “Con­grat­u­la­tions.” “The LA Celebrity Cen­tre can hardly even keep a staff to­gether,” Ortega tells In Touch. “It’s a ghost town.”

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