Scientology's obsession with kids and sex? Nick Lister has the receipts. - 2019-08-23
Yesterday, we were surprised to see Nick Lister show up in the comments section. And then, when we saw what he posted, we really did a double take.
For those newer readers who might not be familiar with Nick, he was an important figure in Alex Gibney's 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear even though he didn't actually appear in the film. His mother Sara does have a crucial role in the movie, telling her story about how her son Nick had grown up a model Scientologist but then had run afoul of the organization.
While Nick was drifting away from the church, he befriended Mike Rinder, and it got him declared a "suppressive person" by the church, essentially excommunicating him. Sara wanted to stick by her son, but it meant losing contact with her daughter, who was still a hardcore church member. In the film's climactic moment, Sara describes what it was like seeing her daughter for the last time as Scientology's "disconnection" policy ripped apart another family.