I know the dark side of Scientology...I almost lost my friend when she became obsessed with it - 2009-11-08

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F336.png I know the dark side of Scientology...I almost lost my friend when she became obsessed with it November 8, 2009, Jonny Jacobsen, Herald Scotland

I knew Scientology was in trouble when the media moved on from the usual silly gossip about its celebrity members to much darker, disturbing issues at the heart of the movement & issues, as I have come personally to understand, that actually matter.

After a Paris court last month convicted several Scientologists and two organisations associated with the movement in France of organised fraud, and amid other investigations in France looking at a suicide and an alleged abduction, Oscar-winning film-maker Paul Haggis, a long-time member, quit Scientology. Haggis, who wrote and directed Crash, denounced the practice of "disconnection", which sees members forced to cut off contact with anyone - even their loved ones - if they are deemed an enemy of Scientology.

In Edinburgh in the early 1990s, I found out just what the practice of disconnection could do to ordinary people when a close friend became involved in Scientology.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Jonny | last = Jacobsen | title = I know the dark side of Scientology...I almost lost my friend when she became obsessed with it | url = https://web.archive.org/web/20091202193834/http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/i-know-the-dark-side-of-scientology-i-almost-lost-my-friend-when-she-became-obsessed-with-it-1.930802 | work = Herald Scotland | date = November 8, 2009 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}