Hey, Dr. Phil, get a clue about Scientology and stop stiff-arming Lori Hodgson - 2014-12-01
Lori with Jeremy and Jessica before they disconnected from her. If you're a longtime reader of the Underground Bunker, you know that for several years we've paid close attention to the story of Lori Hodgson, a California mom who has fought the Church of Scientology over access to her children.
Like many other longtime Scientologists in recent years, Lori grew disillusioned about the church. When she sought advice from former high-ranking church official Marty Rathbun in 2010 by visiting him in Texas, she was spotted by the church's agents watching Rathbun's home, and Lori was then formally "declared" a "suppressive person" - Scientology's version of excommunication.
Lori's ex-husband is still in the church, and he helped convince their children, Jessica and Jeremy (now 24 and 21), to "disconnect" from their mother. Lori has said repeatedly that she doesn't care if her kids want to stay in the church, she just wants to communicate with them and spend time with them. But in Scientology, once someone is declared an "SP," all members who want to remain in good standing with the church must cut off all ties, even if it means splitting up a family. Despite Lori's repeated tries to visit with Jessica and Jeremy, they refuse to see or talk to her.