'Going Clear': Sara Goldberg on how Scientology turned her own daughter against her - 2015-03-26
Just three days to go until HBO airs Alex Gibney's documentary, Going Clear, and we have another screenshot from the film, this time featuring Sara Goldberg, who really adds an emotional wallop to the movie.
The great Joe Childs at the Tampa Bay Times told Sara's story last year and how she faced a dilemma forced on her by Church of Scientology officials. Because of Scientology's toxic "disconnection" policy, the church forced Sara to make a terrible choice.
There's a big backstory to that choice. We'll try to sum it up quickly. Sara and her husband, Sheldon Goldberg, were loyal OT 8's, having achieved the highest level of spiritual advancement in Scientology. Sara's son, Nick Lister, had grown up in Scientology. But he was also friends with a man, Matt Argall, who had befriended and did some business with Mike Rinder, a former Scientology spokesman. In 2009, Rinder cooperated with the St. Petersburg Times in its blockbuster series, "The Truth Rundown." In the eyes of Scientology leader David Miscavige, that made Rinder one of the biggest enemies of the church, a "suppressive person" or "SP." Argall, however, hired Rinder to do some work for him, and also hired Nick Lister. Through that job, Lister got to know Rinder.