Blog: Does Scientology Disconnection Cross the Line Into Criminal Behavior? - 2018-01-21
Scientology's practice of disconnection pushes members to sever contact with anyone leaving the cult, including rending the relationship between parents and children. This practice, which hangs over the head of anyone starting to doubt their commitment to the group, has been the backbone of much of the recent bad publicity that has turned Scientology's reputation from "odd but harmless" into "dangerous and should be forbidden."
I believe that the way Scientology practices disconnection goes far beyond merely unethical and immoral, and its systematic nature may actually cross the line into criminal behavior.
Perhaps no Scientology "practice" or policy is more feared or loathed, than that of "disconnection. Despite the church's claims to the contrary, this extraordinarily draconian punishment involves the exile, shunning, removal, or exclusion, of those not doctrinally, philosophically, or ideologically aligned with Scientology's world view.