How can a mother do this to her child?
Mimi Faust is winning at life right now, but her childhood and teen years were anything but glamorous. Mimi was abandoned and left homeless by her brainwashed mom when she was just a girl. Now that she’s a mom to Stevie J’s little girl, an entrepreneur, and a reality star, she never wants to go back to the darkness that she used to live in every day.
Born Oluremi James, Mimi Faust was the daughter of a woman who was heavily involved in the Church of Scientology. Scientology, developed by L. Ron Hubbard, is a para-religious organization that has been active since the 1950s, but it has been outed as a cult more recently. Mimi was allowed to experience the Church of Scientology for most of her childhood, but when her mother wanted to advance to a new position, young Mimi was taken away from her.
A Devious Cult
Mimi spoke to actress Leah Remini about her experience with the Church of Scientology for an episode of the award-winning organization-exposing show Scientology and the Aftermath. She explained that her mother was trying to become a member of the Church’s Sea Organization when Mimi was just 13 years old in 1989.
The Church doesn’t mince words about what’s expected of these particular members, stating, “Sea Organization members work long hours and live communally with housing, meals, uniforms, medical and dental care, transport and all expenses associated with their duties provided by the Church. They also receive an allowance to purchase personal items, as all of their other expenses are fully covered by the Church.”
The weekly allowance has been said to be about $75 a week for dusk-to-dawn chores and hard labor.
Children of the Sea Org members were placed into the Cadet Org. The children were usually kept separate from their parents and placed in group homes where hundreds of children would be placed under the care of just a few adults. Some of the caretakers were known pedophiles, according to the Church’s own documents.
Both groups were run like the military, where even children were tasked with doing hard labor all day long. Should anyone decide to leave the organization, they are given a “freeloader’s bill” where they are billed for all of the training they were given previously.
At 13 years of age, Mimi was told that she had to sign a “billion-year contract” to become a Sea Org member, or she wouldn’t be allowed to see her mom again. She refused to do so and was dismissed.
She explained, “They didn’t give me one red cent, not even a $1.50 to take the bus, or a blanket. ‘Here you go, go sleep on this park bench.’ Nothing. And then they sent people up to escort me out of the building, a 13-year-old.”
Her mother didn’t seem to react when her daughter was kicked out. She continued about their mistreatment, “They said I was a freeloader because I ate their food and slept there and I wasn’t indeed working for them.”
Mimi was homeless in her teen years, finally meeting her biological father at the age of 16, taking his last name. When Mimi was 17, she attempted to see her mom at the Scientology facility. The members of the Church tried to force her back into Sea Org that same day.
She recounted, “They close the door, lock it, and tape the contract to the door. And they’re all surrounding me at the door, and they’re chanting again. I just lost it. And after about a good 10 minutes of me going ape s**t, they let me out.”
Mimi’s mother remained a member of the Sea Organization until her death in 2003, but Mimi is prepared to speak out about the evils of Scientology now. She stated, “If you can’t keep a mother and child together, how are you supposed to unite the planet? Does that make any sense to you? Because it doesn’t make any sense to me at all.”
The Truth About Scientology
Leah Remini experienced a similar childhood to Mimi, explaining, “We went from a middle-class lifestyle [in Brooklyn] to living in a roach-infested motel with six other girls off a freeway.” When Leah’s daughter became of the age to be audited, being evaluated for demons called thetans, she realized that she was doing to her daughter what her mom did to her.
“In my house, it’s family first – but I was spending most of my time at the church. So, I was saying ‘family first,’ but I wasn’t showing that. I didn’t like the message that sent my daughter,” Leah said.
So many people wonder how families can allow themselves to be sucked into this cult and be separated from each other without a care. “It’s starts very slowly, and as you go and as you get further indoctrinated, you can’t get out without huge damage to yourself and to your family. If you decide to speak out, and most do, their policies say to attack,” Leah said.
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