Leah Remini says her family is more important to her than Scientology, the controversial religion with which she recently split.

"We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about," the 43-year-old former "King of Queens" actress told People.com last weekend, at the 15th annual DesignCare event in Malibu. "I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to."

Lisa Remini starring in ABC’s "Family Tools."
Lisa Remini starring in ABC's "Family Tools." (ABC/Bob D'Amico)

Right ... what were we talking about?

Oh, yes. Scientology and how it's not going to be the boss of Leah Remini anymore.

"It doesn't matter," she said. "It could be anything. I thought about the family being broken up for some other cause, and I'm not about to shut up."

Apparently not.

After years of being one of the church's most visible members, Remini thanked fans earlier this month for their support during her departure.

"I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and from fans around the world," she said. "I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support."


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