Outfront Media rescinds contract for Scientology 'disconnection' billboard in Hollywood - 2016-03-05
After he signed a three-month, $8,200 contract for a billboard about Scientology with the Los Angeles office of Outfront Media, former Scientologist Phil Jones has learned that the New York head office of Outfront — formerly CBS Outdoor — canceled the contract without explanation.
"The head office in New York decided to cancel the contract and they said they won't be giving us any space," Phil tells us. "I asked, but they wouldn't say if there was any outside influence. Might have just been the Scientology thing. It does worry people."
The billboard would have called attention to the Church of Scientology's policy of disconnection, which requires members to cut off all contact from former members who have been declared "suppressive" — Scientology's version of excommunication. Phil and his wife Willie are former members who no longer hear from their grown children, Mike and Emily, who both work for the church. Like other families, they are struggling against disconnection by trying to raise awareness about it.