Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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Raised as Scientologists, Christie King Collbran and her husband, Chris, were recruited as teenagers to work for the elite corps of staff members who keep the Church of Scientology running, known as the Sea Organization, or Sea Org.


They signed a contract for a billion years — in keeping with the church’s belief that Scientologists are immortal. They worked seven days a week, often on little sleep, for sporadic paychecks of $50 a week, at most.

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 church 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.

After everything that’s happened to her, this poor woman still considers herself to be a scientologist??? GAH!!

Comments

  1. #1 Mary T
    March 14, 2010

    People have to realize that Scientologists are totally conditioned and brainwashed. This is the way their courses (especially their TR courses)and auditing(all personal info kept to blackmail member later) are set up.
    Some members have a little bit of critical thinking left and they leave, but still stay Scientologists. They become independent Scientologists. At least they are no longer contributing money to the cult. Although mentally they are still adhearing to the teachings of founder L. Ron Hubbard who was a huge con man and created their slave labor force the Sea Org and the RPF, the policies on family disconnection and also taught his memebers that whatever is wrong with a person(mentally or physcially) it is THEIR fault. They continue to follow because they are brainwashed.

    Very sad situation, and our government should have nipped this in the bud many years ago.

  2. #2 Jen
    March 14, 2010
  3. #3 Chris S
    March 15, 2010

    I’ve been a Scientologist for many many years and I am the exact opposite of “brainwashed” and “conditioned.” It really bothers me to see all this false data about my religion being spread around by people who have no clue what they are talking about. There is no, repeat NO, slave labor, incarceration or other nonsense going on in Scientology. Enough with the lies, already!

  4. #4 Anonymous
    March 15, 2010

    @ Chris S

    The Scientologists’ party line doesn’t become truer with repetition. In fact, this comment shows how blind you are to all the pain being caused by your “religion.” It also shows that you are incapable of a simple Google search, which is strange, since you found this article just fine.

    Please take some time to stop in to the Ex Scientologist Message Board and catch up with the people you have been forced to disconnect from. They feel liberated, and they are happier every day, finding out how to get refunds and finally free from the demands for money that are constantly thrown at them.

    And of course, take some time to look at this ABC Four Corners documentary. Not only is Scientology abusive, but the abusive ideas originated with L Ron Hubbard himself. Good luck.

  5. #5 bob dobbs
    March 16, 2010

    Another new OSA handler nick? At least Scientology is trying to “appear” not to be “handling” the Internet.

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