Photographs and memories are all that remain of Sara Goldberg’s relationship with her daughter, Ashley, a situation the mother is blaming on the Church of Scientology.
The Florida resident says she spent 36 years in the church, reaching the top level of spiritual progression. She says the problems began when her son, Nick Lister, developed doubts about the church. He started associating with vocal critics of the church, including Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder, former high-ranking officials who quit and are now condemned by the church as liars and apostates.
“I didn’t like the way they recruited,” Lister said. He also had concerns about the church’s theories about life and the universe. As a result, he said, he was labeled a “suppressive person.”