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chapter: Fair Game

Lu answers on the Scientology Myths Blog (14 February 2008)

The question was “What does ‘This P/L does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP.’ in the ‘Cancellation of Fair Game’ policy letter mean?” or “Was ‘Fair Game’ actually cancelled or not”

First of all there is a couple of strange ideas around about what “an SP” is.

Maybe I should say here how a Suppressive Person (SP) is defined. It’s “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.” A bad person, harmful to know, one could say.

L. Ron Hubbard wrote a couple of key policy letters on the treatment and handling an SP. Those policy letters are printed in a book “Introduction into Scientology Ethics” for every Scientologist to know and also part of a course which is called “PTS/SP Course” (How to Detect and Remove Suppression). I read the course pack in 2002 and there is no copy of the Fair Game HCOPL in there and nothing saying that an SP should be treated outside the law. The exact same set of policy is also part of administrative volumes for church staff who need to know them to protect their Church.

What these policy say about “the treatment or handling of an SP” as the maximum to be done is throw him SP or her SP out of the organization. That means, that an SP, i.e. Suppressive Person, is a member of Scientology who is turning destructive to his fellows and thrown out of the group, labeled as “SP”. Nothing else happens after that and any such person can come back and become a member of the group again (after making up the damage). And per the PTS/SP Course you would want to cut the ties to someone who is suppressing you and who is making you bad. So giving up a relation or to stop seeing someone is the maximum “treatment” of an SP per Scientology policy today. If there was other types of treatment they don’t exist today and the people who could have done them are not here anymore.

I think this subject is confused with people who went in a legal fight with one of the Churches of Scientology because they violated the law one way or the other, and who felt hounded by that “treatment”. That’s not how the Church treats “SPs”, that’s how attacks on the Church are handled, if it is impossible to get along with each other by talking, meeting etc. Any group does that as their last resort if they feel wrongly treated or try to prevent damage. Some of the guys the Church went after were also ex-members who got thrown out with an “SP” issue in their hand. But not everyone attacking a Church of Scientology is “an SP” and not everyone leaving the Church is labeled SP. That’s two different type of people.

If someone leaves the Church he or she is free to do what he wants. If he regrets leaving and starts blaming and finger pointing or actually damaging his former friends he must not be surprised that this backfires and becomes stressful. I get upset about someone I thought I knew who suddenly shows up and tells invented or perverted stories. Some of those “fights” have gone extremely rough in the past, like in the 1960s and 1970s, both sides with metal gloves on, but I haven’t seen much reporting or complaints in the last 20 years.