From the blog :
Scientology' s disconnection policy attempts to
segregate Scientologists from SPs*.
True, but you should read the actual "disconnection
policy". Just because Scientology sometimes has its own "Scientologese"
(language) this does not mean that its concepts are unknown in other
groups. Disconnection is something which happens every day in groups or
families. I am sure you applied it yourself already. Scientology
founder L. Ron Hubbard just sat down and wrote it up, as a right
It says: "Perhaps the most fundamental right of any
being is the right to communicate. Without this freedom, other rights
deteriorate. Communication, however, is a two-way flow. If one has the
right to communication, the one must also have the right to not receive
communication from another. ... The term 'disconnection' is defined as
a self-determined decision made by an individual that he is not going
to be connected to another. ... With our tech of handle or disconnect,
we are, in actual fact, doing nothing different that any society or
group or marriage down through thousands of years. ... We cannot afford
to deny Scientologists that basic freedom that is granted to everyone
else: the right to choose whom one wishes to communicate with or not
communicate with." (10 September 1983).
You could chose on your own free will to stay together
with a person who is hurting and harassing you. Scientology however
does not support masochism or any kind of self-invalidation.
Scientologists also do not appreciate to be pulled or held down. So
they either try to fix the relation (handle) or cut it (disconnect).
Sure the person on the other end sometimes does not like it, goes
around complaining, in some cases blaming everybody else for his or her
own condition. That won't do anything. But such a person always has the
choice to become a tolerant and polite person, someone you like to be
connected with. The Church would help in such a case.
*SP = Suppressive Person. Here is what THAT means:
Person (SP): a person who possesses a distinct set of
characteristics and mental attitudes that cause him to suppress other
people in his vicinity. This is the person whose behavior is calculated
to be disastrous. Also called antisocial personality. What an antisocial personality is in Scientology has
been written up very nicely in the Scientology Handbook (which is also
online). Here is the relevant chapter.
In practice, an SP is a status of a
member of Scientology. Someone who intentionally messed things up
repeatedly or really badly violated internal rules gets "declared a
Suppressive Person". That means he or she gets kicked out of the Church
of Scientology and that's it. Nothing more or less. His or her
membership is canceled and that person is given the boot. Peculiarly in
Scientology is that anyone, also a declared SP, can come back to the
Church. I know some people who came back after cooling down and they
are Scientologists again.