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Jada Pinkett Smith Responds to Leah Remini's Insistence That She's a Scientologist: "I Practice Human Kindness"

The actress took to Twitter to set the record straight.

Jada Pinkett Smith wants people to know that she is open to exploring different belief systems within a spiritual context, but it doesn't mean she's in a particular religious group.

In a string of Twitter posts, she wrote, "I recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai... but I am not Jewish. I have prayed in mosques all over the world... but I am not a Muslim. I have read the Bhagavad Gita... but I am not a Hindu. I have chanted and meditated in some of the most magnificent temples on earth… but I am not a Buddhist. I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist."

This statement about religion and Scientology comes directly after fellow actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini told The Daily Beast that Smith is part of the church.

“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in," she insisted. "She’s been in Scientology a long time. I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.” 

Smith concluded her Twitter thread by saying, "I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not. NO ONE ELSE can hold that power."

Meanwhile, Remini both thanked and forgave her mother at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, where she took home the title of Outstanding Informational Series or Special for Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

“Mom, thank you. You are officially forgiven for getting us into a cult,” she told the crowd, which included her mom, during her acceptance speech.

 

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