Brazen Laird brought up the issue of "The 'disconnection' from family members". I thought the subject deserved its own article (especially on Mother's Day), so here it is:
The "disconnection policy" that anti-religious extremists claim the Church of Scientology follows does not exist. It is a lie made up by people who don't like Scientology.
Examples of the truth: I am the only member of my family who is a Scientologist. Have I disconnected from them? No. I'm in touch with my family every week even though I live in a different country. My wife is the only Scientologist in her family. Has she "disconnected" from them? No. In fact her family are some of the friendliest people I've ever met. We hang with them all the time.
The bottom line is that the "disconnection from family members" story is just another lie.
Now, what if your Aunt Ethel decides that your choice of religions is wrong and every time you talk to her she tells you how bad it is. You speak to her and ask her to respect your choices in life and she won't. She continues to berate you about your religious choices. What are you going to do? Let's say you've tried reasoning, you've tried having Uncle Sam talk to her, you've tried everything you can think of, so what do you do now? Well, you have the right to stop communicating with her. That is your right. People do it all the time in life. Someone is nasty, so you avoid them. At family get togethers you don't talk to cousin Joe because he's the biggest jerk you've ever met. However, if you are a Scientologist and you do this, suddenly you are "disconnecting" and anti-religious extremists make propaganda out of it.
That's the truth about Scientology and Disconnection.