Ex-Scientologist Lori Hodgson will discuss the doctrine of “disconnection” tonight on the World Cult Watch website tonight, Sunday night, November 3. Hodgson’s adult son and daughter are still Scientologists, and they have not spoken with her since she left the controversial religion in August of 2010. She believes they are obeying an order to “disconnect” from her, breaking all contact with her as a “suppressive person.”
Anyone who speaks out about the church’s authoritarian abuses is routinely labeled a suppressive person, and such a person is considered toxic to Scientologists. This is true even when the person speaking out is a close family member. Ex-Scientologists have said for decades that Scientology members who don’t obey disconnect orders can be punished severely as “potential trouble sources.”
Hodgsons son and daughter are not just Scientologists, but they have both been members of the church’s abusive paramilitary branch, known as the Sea Org. Hodgson has said she was told by her son that in order to re-establish contact with them, she would have to “do the right thing.” In order to “get right” with the Church, Hodgson expects to have to lie under oath and state that everything she has said since leaving was a lie.
Disconnection is so absolute and serious that no one told Hodgson when her son was in a serious motorcycle accident last month. A vague reference to “motorcycle accidents” on someone else’s Facebook page was a clue to Hodgson that her son was in the hospital. The Scientologist who posted the Facebook comment allegedly got in trouble for the accidental communication with a suppressive person.
For its part, Scientology denies that it practices disconnection. Making such an obvious lie, however, has cost the church adherents, including famed Hollywood director John Haggis. Haggis took the church to task for denying disconnection, when he himself had been ordered to disconnect from at least one ex-Scientologist.