Leaving the Fold / Third-generation Scientologist grows disillusioned with faith - 2001-02-12

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F140.png Leaving the Fold / Third-generation Scientologist grows disillusioned with faith February 12, 2001, Don Lattin, San Francisco Chronicle

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.


{{cite news | first = Don | last = Lattin | title = Leaving the Fold / Third-generation Scientologist grows disillusioned with faith | url = http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/02/12/MN171898.DTL&ao=all | work = San Francisco Chronicle | date = February 12, 2001 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}