Raised as Scientologists, Christie King Collbran and her husband, Chris, were recruited as teenagers to work for the elite corps of tired staff members who keep the Church of Scientology running in circles, known as the Sea Organization, or, as some skeptics term it, “The Sales Org.”
They signed a contract for a billion years — in keeping with the church’s belief that Scientologists are immortal. They worked like slaves seven days a week, often on little sleep, and lousy food, for sporadic paychecks of $50 a week, at most. They also endured the constant yelling and screaming that staff members use to communicate with each other. There is no being “nice” to one another in Scientology.
But after 13 years and growing disillusionment, the Collbrans decided to leave the Sea Org, setting off on a Kafkaesque journey that they said required them to sign false confessions about their personal lives and their work, pay the cult thousands of dollars it said they owed for courses and counseling, and accept the consequences as their parents, siblings and friends who are church members cut off all communication with them.
This is just another terrible story about how this evil cult abuses people. People should note, however, that Scientology is an equal opportunity abuser and will abuse everyone with great enthusiasm. Unless you are a movie star, then you are, sorry, not eligible for abuse unless you quit. Sorry Tom, sorry John and Kirsty.
To read the New York Times article go here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/us/07scientology.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
From the 2009 Today Show interview.
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