Scientology Disconnections in the UK
Disconnection is a Scientology policy abased on the idea that you cannot progress spiritually while in communication with someone who is "Suppressive" (i.e. opposed to Scientology). Hence members are required to break off communication with family or friends if they criticise the member's involvement, and if they cannot be persuaded to silence their criticism.
Members send "disconnection letters" to the friend or family member to state that no more communication will take place. It's understandably extremely distressing to receive these letters.
- Jenna Miscavige, niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige, talks about how Disconnection policy broke up her family. Broadcast February 2008 by ABC's "Inside Edition" (USA)
- The Lily family of Bognor Regis spoke about the disconnection of their daughters on the local TV programme Facing South in November 1987
- A South African man, raised in Scientology hasn't heard from his mother since 1989: she is still a member and has disconnected from her ex-husband and her two children. Interviewed by Martin Poulter, 12th April 2008, Birmingham
See also Astra Woodcraft speaks out
Justice Latey reported "Very many examples [of Disconnection] have been given and proved in evidence," and quoted two examples of Disconnection letters, one a man disconnecting from his fiancée; another a man disconnecting from a friend and business partner.
|Woman magazine||10/Jun/2007||Scientology ruled my life||First-hand account from Bonnie Woods|
|Daily Mail||19/May/2007||Tom Cruise's Church of hate tried to destroy me||Example of a daughter threatening disconnection to stop her parents from question her involvement in Scientology|
|Sunday Times||07/Jan/2007||Revealed: how Scientologists infiltrated Britain's schools||Idea of family or friends being "suppressive" is promoted to an undercover journalist|
|Observer||09/Apr/2006||Inside Scientology||Lengthy undercover investigation reprinted from Rolling Stone|
|Daily Mail||29/May/1995||Our little boy lost: Grandparents in Legal Battle for the right to see two-year-old Sam|
|Kent Today||20/May/1995||Talk to me, plea by cult girl's mum||An alleged disconnection|
|Sunday Mail (Scotland)||05/Jun/1994||My Girl's Cult Hell/Caught in the Cult's Web||A couple report being disconnected from their young daughter for three years|
|TVS (Regional TV)||?/Nov/1987||Facing South: Scientology, the Cult Business||Broadcast date unknown: a documentary covering many aspects of Scientology and Hubbard's life|
|Mail on Sunday||29/Jul/1984||The Hubbard Youth||Disconnections being part of life in the Scientology compound|
|East Grinstead Courier||16/Feb/1984||Buy-out bid for sect HQ||The AFINITIES splinter-group and disconnection|
|Daily Mail||11/Feb/1984||'We disconnect you'||Examples of the disconnection policy at work|
|East Grinstead Courier||02/Feb/1984||Sect row over policy||Ten Scientologists leave over disconnection policy|
|Daily Mail||22/Aug/1966||Minister is asked to investigate... The case of the processed woman||Karen Henslow, a mentally ill woman, is told to "love death" and encouraged to disconnect from family and friends|