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 churchs 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 (1) to sign false confessions about their personal lives and their work, (2) pay the church thousands of dollars it said they owed for courses and counseling, and (3) accept the consequences as their parents, siblings and friends who are church members cut off all communication with them.
BROADCAST DATE: 9th March 2010
Show: TODAY SHOW