THIS IS THE SOUND OF SCIENTOLOGY'S FORCED DISCONNECTION - 2013-08-12
Sindy Fagen, photo source In the wake of Leah Remini's defection, Church of Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw has repeatedly claimed that there is no Scientology policy of forced "disconnection," which compels a church member to cut off all ties from someone who has been excommunicated ("declared a suppressive person") — even if it means cutting off ties with a close friend or family member. When Pouw's predecessor, Tommy Davis, made the same claim on CNN in 2008, it was a disastrous move: many church members who had been affected by the policy were deeply offended. One of those was director Paul Haggis, and we've heard from many others who say Tommy's denials helped convince them to leave the church.
Today, Pouw is stepping into that mess once more, and it's angering current and former Scientologists all over again. Claire Headley responded by showing us the written — and therefore inviolable — church policy that lays out in black and white how families get ripped apart by rules that force church members to choose between Scientology and their reliationships with friends and relatives.
And now, Sindy Fagen has given us an even more devastating example that should be hard for Pouw to refute.