For a long time - Beck was a self proclaimed Scientologist. In a in a June 2005 interview with the Irish Sunday Tribune, he said:
“Yeah, I’m a Scientologist ... My father has been a Scientologist for about 35 years, so I grew up in and around it and stuff.”
He was was also married to famed Scientologist Marissa Ribisi (but the two filed for divorce earlier this year .. which may have prompted Beck to say the following in a recent profile with The Sydney Morning Herald:
I think there’s a misconception that I am a Scientologist. I’m not a Scientologist. I don’t have any connection or affiliation with it. My father has been a Scientologist for a long time, but I’ve pretty much just focused on my music and my work for most of my life, and tended to do my own thing … I think it’s just something people ran with.
Well ... these words haven't been taken lightly by another 'former' Scientologist and always outspoken,Leah Remini. In an interview with The Underground Bunker (a blog critical of the sect) called his denial a "Pussy move" and yes - you can quote he on that!
You can’t be married to a Scientology family such as the Ribisi family and not be fully on board. Beck was there every day doing courses and auditing. He was very much a Scientologist. To say that he was more focused on his thing and the press just ran with it is a pussy move. This is his way of not publicly stating that he was very much in and now he’s not. It’s very clever of him to use these words. It allows him to evade publicly denouncing Scientology. It’s his way to get around being attacked as we all have.
Also speaking out against Beck's words - former Senior Executive of the Church of Scientology International, Mike Rinder - telling the same blog:
Beck took the chicken’s way out. To say, “I’ve never really been a Scientologist” is an “acceptable truth.” There is no doubt he was a Scientologist. But it’s a way of avoiding questions like “Why did you leave?” His father is still doing seminars at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre trying to attract new members.
With the question of Beck’s religious affiliation has preoccupied the music press for years - can we all agree with his sentiments that he would rather focus on his songwriting rather than his religion ?