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Today show and New York Times profile Scientology defector



Christie-collbran The Today show this morning presented a live interview with a woman who left the Sea Organization, the group which keeps the Church of Scientology running.

Piggybacking off a feature on the woman, Christie King Collbran, which was published in the New York Times on Sunday, the interview featured questions from host Matt Lauer about the circumstances of her departure from the church and the things she saw which convinced her to leave.

Like some Scientologists featured in the St. Petersburg Times' stories on the Church, Collbrand said she believed in the teachings of the MiscavigeSPT religion but felt the church was not served well by its current leadership.

Few details in the Today interview or New York Times story will be new to readers of the St. Petersburg Times; the allegations of behind-the-scenes abuse by church leaders, convoluted processes to leave and feelings of disenchantment by longtime members have been detailed in our ongoing series of reports since last year, The Truth Rundown.

Here's a look at the interview and a link to the New York Times story:

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:06pm]


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