Leaving the Fold / Third-generation Scientologist grows disillusioned with faith - 2001-02-12
Astra Woodcraft, apostate and defector, is the latest enemy of the Church of Scientology.
Woodcraft, 22, never really joined this controversial psycho-spiritual movement, at least not as a free-thinking adult. Astra was born into it.
Founded in the 1950s by L. Ron Hubbard, a prolific science fiction writer and freelance philosopher, Scientology describes itself as "the only major new religion established in the 20th century," as a bridge to increased awareness and spiritual freedom.
Woodcraft, a third-generation Scientologist, paints a different picture.
Recruited at age 14 into the movement's elite "Sea Organization," Woodcraft describes a brave new world of authoritarianism, greed and spiritual manipulation.