Tonight on NIGHTLINE (April 24, 2008):

Growing Up Scientologist

The Church of Scientology is opening lavish new facilities around the globe, and it claims its membership ranks have grown to the millions — helped no doubt by the very high profile of believers like Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley. But this expansion is in the face of a mounting wave of criticism — in online videos, and in protests across the country. Tonight on Nightline, we hear from a woman who is part of that wave. Yet her criticisms of the church are even more surprising, perhaps, given her family tree. Not only was she raised in the church — she is a niece of the church’s leader. She tells us her story of her life in the church — including how she grew disillusioned, and how she reached the point when she finally left. ABC’s Lisa Fletcher reports. Read more here.


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