- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jada Pinkett Smith responded Tuesday to Leah Remini’s claims that she belongs to the Church of Scientology: She’s studied many religions to which she didn’t belong.

“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist,” Mrs. Smith wrote in a Facebook post.

Her post follows claims by Ms. Remini, a former Scientologist and activist who produces the Emmy Award-winning docuseries “Scientology and the Aftermath,” alleging that Mrs. Smith is a longtime member of the church.

“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Ms. Remini told The Daily Beast in an interview published Saturday. “I never saw [Mrs. Smith’s husband, actor 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.”

In her post Tuesday, Mrs. Smith mentioned the multiple religions she has observed but does not devoutly follow.

“I recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai… but I am not Jewish,” she wrote. “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; and I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist.

“I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not,” the actress concluded. “NO ONE ELSE can hold that power.”

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