Scientology disconnection: A toxic policy that punishes innocent people every day of the week - 2017-04-06

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F347.png Scientology disconnection: A toxic policy that punishes innocent people every day of the week April 6, 2017, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

We heard unexpectedly from Brian Sheen yesterday, who told us why today was a grim anniversary for him.

Recently, we added a feature here at the Underground Bunker. Near the bottom of each post, we're keeping a running tally of how long some of the people we've written about here have been separated from their loved ones because of the Church of Scientology's policy of "disconnection." One of those is Brian Sheen, who as of today has not seen his daughter Spring in 876 days.

But Brian's message reminded us that for people who have been affected by disconnection, there are many other reminders about their missing family members that come up again and again. Today, he says, is two years since he least received a phone call from Spring. It was the same day he had been informed by the church that he had been declared a "suppressive person" — Scientology's version of the death penalty — even though he had been away from the church without any kind of difficulty for many years. (See our lengthy story about Brian's history in Scientology and how he was separated from his daughter.) After he was declared, anyone associated with the church would have to cut off all contact with him if they wanted to remain in good standing. And that same day, he received a call from his daughter, telling him that she was disconnecting from him.

Brian thanked us for keeping a focus on disconnection, and we asked him for his thoughts on this unhappy anniversary.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Scientology disconnection: A toxic policy that punishes innocent people every day of the week | url = https://tonyortega.org/2017/04/06/scientology-disconnection-a-toxic-policy-that-punishes-innocent-people-every-day-of-the-week/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = April 6, 2017 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}