What’s Wrong With The Church, Part 3: Disconnection and Fair Game
There are two policies within the Church of Scientology which were canceled in 1968 and reinstated without Ron’s approval some time later. The policies are those of disconnection and fair game.
The policy of disconnection was such that, if you were connected to someone who was suppressive to you or anything of the sort, you were required by the Church to shun and have no further contact with that person or entity, regardless of whether they were family, children, or whatever.
The policy of fair game was such that, if you committed a crime or did something bad to someone who was in a bad relationship to the Church, you could not be punished or penalized for such actions. In effect, the policy encouraged you to attack people who were on the outs with the Church one way or another.
In Ron’s Journal of 1968 (a tape recording rarely heard these days), Ron specifically withdrew these policies. At around the same time, they were also canceled in policy (HCOPL) form: HCO PL 15 Nov on 1968, Cancellation of Disconnection. At no subsequent time did Ron himself reinstate those policies.
The Church of Scientology has specifically stated that there are no such policies in force now. However, in practice, it only requires an examination of a few ethics orders covering people who have left or denounced the Church to find that, in fact these policies (particularly disconnection) are in full force again. Numerous Independent Field scientologists whose families and friends have disconnected from them will also attest to the fact that this policy is now in force.
Consider the original design of policy in the Church of Scientology, as set forth by Ron. While Church management could adopt various policies on their own, none of it could violate policy written by Ron. There was a hierarchy of policy, and Ron’s policy took precedence.
Now apparently, that dictum has been set aside. It’s worth asking why.
Let’s look at an analogous situation. Let’s say that your family is all life-long Democrats. Then one day, you change your mind and decide to vote Republican. Should your family disconnect from you? Or let’s say your whole family drives Ford automobiles. Then one day your cousin decides he’s going to buy a General Motors automobile. Should you disconnect from him?
Let’s bring the analogy a little closer to the present scene. Say your whole family is Catholic. One day your sister falls in love with a Methodist fellow, and decides to convert to Methodist. Should you and your family disconnect from and shun her?
You can probably see how the above would be silly reasons to shun family members. So why would the Church of Scientology insist you shun someone in your family who decided to quit the Church and join the Independent Field? Seems a little extreme, doesn’t it? I mean, does the Church think you couldn’t have a quiet family dinner without discussing your religious differences? Seriously?
Maybe we should be asking what the Church is actually afraid of.