Signs of life for former Scientologists - 2016-04-16

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F0.png Signs of life for former Scientologists April 16, 2016, Lindsey Bever, Columbia Tribune

The massive message was placed in Echo Park this month by Phil and Willie Jones. The former Scientologists say they have lost their two adult children, Mike and Emily Jones, to a practice known as "disconnection," which believers describe as a last resort — ending communication with people who are "antagonistic to Scientology" to protect themselves from being torn from the religion.

Phil Jones told NBC's "Today" his son has told him he never wants to speak to him again.

"That's what they do," Jones said, sobbing. "It's a cruel and vindictive organization to do something like that."


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