Scientology's "Disconnection:" Lori Hodgson, Ex-Church Member, Kept from Scientologist Son After Serious Wreck (UPDATED)

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Lori Hodgson with her children, Jessica and Jeremy Leake, before they 'disconnected' from her
Breaking news this morning for Scientology watchers: a drama is playing out at a San Jose hospital today which puts Scientology's notorious "disconnection" policy in high relief.

This is a moving story, and we expect to add updates to this post later. At this moment, about 8:00 am in California, Lori Hodgson is on her way to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose as her son Jeremy Leake prepares to undergo surgery for fractures to his femur and collarbone, which he sustained in a motorcycle accident yesterday.

When she gets there, she expects that she will not be allowed to see her son, and may be prevented from even hearing about his condition.

Why? Well, as we reported earlier, Hodgson is a former Scientologist, but her son, daughter, and ex-husband are all still active members of the church, and have followed Scientology policy by "disconnecting" from her -- and they are actively trying to keep her from knowing what is happening as her son is treated for serious injuries.

Hodgson joined Scientology in 1976 at only 13 years of age, and between 15 and 20 spent years working part time at the Stevens Creek "org" as a staff member. Then she left staff and continued as a parishioner, known as a "public." But she left Scientology entirely recently, and has gone public with her frustrations -- specifically, that she was alarmed to see her own two children, Jessica and Jeremy Leake, recruited into Scientology's "Sea Org" at such a young age (18 and 15, respectively). Both children left the Sea Org after a short time, but they have remained ardent Scientologists, and reacted to their mother breaking away from the church last August by telling her in February that they could no longer have anything to do with her (they are 18 and 21 today).

Scientology's notorious policy of "disconnection" forces families to split apart when one member has been declared a "suppressive person" -- Scientology's version of excommunication. Refusing to shun an "SP" is itself considered a "suppressive" act, and so for Jessica and Jeremy, they would have faced the prospect of being kicked out of the organization if they didn't cut off all ties to their own mother.

However, Jeremy Leake has a propensity for wiping out on his motorcycle.

Two or three years ago, he took a bad fall at a track on a dirt bike, and Hodgson says that her son's blood pressure was so low, he was helicoptered to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he recovered. And last year, she says, he broke a bone in his hand from another fall.

This time, while racing on a track that featured motocross-style double and triple jumps, he didn't clear a jump properly, tumbled, and was hit by his own motorcycle, resulting in multiple fractures.

Hodgson was not called as her son, 18, was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

However, Leake had been riding with a friend, Alan, who called the mother of his child, Jenn Maynard, a cousin to Hodgson and the Leakes. Maynard posted a notice about the wreck at her Facebook page:

Moto Friends....please be careful!!! 2 Major bad accidents in 1 week is too much for me and this time hitting too close to home. Please say a prayer for my cousin in the ER right now! :(.....

While at dinner last evening, Hodgson says she checked her smartphone, including looking at her Facebook account, where she saw Maynard's posting. When she saw the reference to "cousin" she knew it had to be her son.

That was confirmed in a later comment Maynard made to the post:

jeremy took the triple as he always does, but landed short, turner said he flew, bike hit him twice. he tried to jump off bike but his feet got hooked on the bars. :(... Alan and Turner both said it was a really brutal site [sic]. Prayers he's ok!

Hodgson, remembering that her son had been taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical in the previous incident, called there first and was told that yes, Jeremy Leake was in the ER.

She then headed to the hospital.

What she didn't know was that her call to the ER had alerted Jeremy's sister, Jessica, and their father, Hodgson's ex-husband, Jim Leake.

While Hodgson was driving to the hospital, her phone received a voice mail, which she played back for the Voice. It was a frantic-sounding Jenn Maynard:

"Lori, please don't go to the hospital. They are freaking out on me right now. I told them, I did not contact you, but they are freaking out. They said they know that you're on the way, I guess? I don't know why you're not answering right now."

Hodgson says that Maynard told her that Jessica later texted her that her father, Jim Leake, was "furious" that Maynard had made the Facebook post so that Lori was able to find out that her son had sustained life-threatening injuries.

Maynard declined to speak with the Voice.

When Hodgson arrived at the hospital, she was told that she would not be able to see her son, and would not even be able to get any information on his condition.

When she asked if a nurse would ask Jeremy personally if he would see her, she was told "Your son does not want to see you."

"Can you at least give me his status?" Hodgson says she asked. "I was told, 'No, your son is 18, and by the privacy laws we're not allowed to give out any information.'

"So I went around the back of the ER, and a nurse came out. I told him what was happening, and I was crying," Hodgson said to me by telephone this morning. She explained to the nurse quickly about Scientology's policy of disconnection, and that she just wanted to know how badly her son was hurt. He told her that he couldn't do that, but if she wrote a note to her son, the nurse said he would take it to Jeremy.

"I told him that this is your mom, I'm here. I want to see you, and I love you very much. He took it to Jeremy, and his sister and dad weren't in the room at that point," she says. The nurse came back and told Hodgson that Jeremy had said to tell her that he was all right, but that he couldn't see anyone.

"I was relieved, because I knew that he was OK," she says.

After a night of little sleep, Hodgson is heading back to the hospital today with her mother and father. Jeremy is scheduled for surgery today, she says, and nothing is going to keep her from being there.

"Jim, my ex-husband, is upset that my cousin posted this on Facebook. He didn't want people to know what had happened. They don't want me there, but I'm going. I don't want to force my way into his room, I just want to be there," she says. "Maybe Jeremy will want to see me today. I'll ask the nurse again."

We'll let you know what Lori reports to us as she waits for word on her son's surgery. Her daughter Jessica, 21, and ex-husband, Jim Leake, are expected to do what they can to keep her in the dark.

Their eternities as trillion-years-old "thetan" souls are at stake, apparently, if they can't keep a worried mother from her seriously injured son. Such is the way Scientologists perceive their place in the cosmos.


Update: Hodgson has been posting updates to her Facebook page about how things went down today:

Jeremy's surgery went well. It was 3 hours and he has a nail in his Femur with pins on each side holding the bones together. His collar bone is broken and the Dr. Said it should heal naturally. I'm waiting to see him in the recovery room...we will see if I get to see my son.

And...

I was determined to see my son and this is what happened. My mom and I found out what room he was going to be in and we waited by the elevator near his room. After he was settled in his room, Jim his father was standing by his bedside asking Jeremy if he wanted to see me. Before Jim finished his sentence I went over to my son and said "Hi Jeremy I've been here for you all day and I'm so glad your doing well. Im going to leave now so there is not a problem for you. I hope you get well real fast and I love you so very much". Jeremy looked at me and said "I love you". Then I went to leave and saw my daugter talking to a nurse and I went up to her and hugged her telling her "I miss you and love you.". Jessica hugged me back. Then her grandma gave her a hug. This has been one hell of an emotional 2 days for me and my family. Thanks for all your Love and support it means alot!!!!



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Anon
Anon

Fuck scientology...enough said. They make more enemies everday with this kind of dumb shit. It truely is pathetic if you won't let the mother of your children see her kids. Shocked to my fuckin core. You got some deep problems mate. Best of luck to you Lori, stay strong.

Nameless Asian Dude
Nameless Asian Dude

Dear Scientologists/ Cult of Scientology/ David "Midget" Miscavige

If i'm a minister of a certain religion, i would condemn your actions here. Unfortunately i'm not, but i still condemn your act of Disconnection, a policy so hotly denied by your ignorant, muleheaded, bullcrap of a cult. 

Note to Mr Jim LeakeThank you very, very much. For blatantly showing us (the internet and the world at large) a cruel facet of your so called "does not exist Disconnection policy" and how far does your stupid, asshole spewing cult will go to keep this PR Flap under wraps.

Dear Ms Lori 

My prayers to you and your son, and i wish you the strength to pull through your ordeal.  Their so-called sham of a policy had no authority over the familial bond between parent and child. SignedNameless Asian Dude

Bagel B
Bagel B

If the people who are keeping news of her son's injury from Ms Hodgson were actually following standard tech they'd know that what they are doing in this circumstance is by LRH's own definition, entheta. How times have changed. LRH might have been nuts, but he was mostly an opportunist. $cientology today is downright calculated evil. COB must have a heart of pure stone to further this madness.

Pickanotherid
Pickanotherid

And our tax dollars help support this vile organization through there 401(c)3 tax exemption??

What is wrong with that picture??

sketto
sketto

Lori, you have a lot of supportive, determined, hopeful people on your side. Stay strong. You're doing good.

 avman
avman

Tell me again why this cult has tax exempt status?

Jonathan van der Berg
Jonathan van der Berg

What an evil cult. This just encourages us to take more action against this insidious organization. Chin up Lori - there is ultimately justice in the universe.

Been There
Been There

Had I not experienced this myself, I would find such behavior unbelievable.  Disconnection is a fundamental tenet of Scientology and its practice is not only encouraged but demanded.  This is one of the key reasons for intensifying public contempt of Scientology.  It is astounding that parishioners and church officials cling to disconnection tenaciously in the face of demonstrated ineffectiveness and down-right harm the policy causes.

Thirty-one years ago my family refused to disconnect from me in spite of church pressure to do so.  As a result they were ostracized too.  If I had lost my spouse and child it would have destroyed me.  Lori has my deepest empathy in her struggle to maintain relationship with her children.  At one time I was a staunch and devoted member of Scientology but no more.  There are thousands like me.  And if the church ever bothers to wonder about the cause of its dwindling membership and public disrepute:  THIS IS WHY.

Hartley Patterson
Hartley Patterson

Please see this from the disconnecters point of view. They believe themselves to be immortal beings trapped by an endless cycle of incarnation into 'meat bodies', and that Scientology is the only way to break free. Anyone who attacks Scientology is a degraded being trying to prevent this. Family bonds only last for one cycle, and are therefore far less important.

Within this belief system, disconnection is rational. Where the Church distorts and abuses it is in pretending that it IS Scientology, and that disagreeing with its leader should also be cause for disconnection. Religious organisations that do this generate increasing numbers of heretics and dissenters until they either reform or collapse.

Exposed
Exposed

Somehow, this kind of abuse is not mentioned in "What Is Scientology?" impressive tome/s...

Well, NOW IT IS, albeit in public domain/Internet, etc., stripped of a fake PR.

There is still disconnection in $cientology in present time, probably happens every

month/week  these days, in one shape or another. And it's always assisted,

ordered or manipulated by the "Church" officials. And yes, in their minds it is justified by the scriptures of The Source - L. Ron Hubbard, misinterpreted or otherwise.

 

Only a few month ago, my family members were given only a several hours by the "Church" official/s to decide if they gonna stay with me or the "Church", since I was declared a suppressive person that day for voicing my disagreements online. Imagine what was that like.

Although, I'm sorry for asking you to imagine that.

Then, $cientology people offered my friends ("Church" members), who happened to be my co-workers, hundreds of dollars  to quit their job, so they won't interact with me in any way...

I am NOT making any of this up, unfortunately. I WAS part of this cult for many years and I WAS a hard-core believer/practitioner, you name it. I even wanted "to clear this planet" - civilization without insanity, wars, crime, where able can prosper, etc., all that GOOD stuff.

It really broke my heart that I fell for this con trap...

There are so much good on $CN PR DISPLAY, from looking up words in dictionaries, ridding body of toxins, clearing mind from engrams, on and on till one believes ANYTHING (including great memory, health, understanding life, living, oneself, others, mind, spirit, perhaps "re-gaining super abilities" and personal immortality) and becomes part of the most ethical group, the only group that has ANSWERS....

I believe, LRH mentioned somewhere that $cientology is more important then LIFE, because it it can explain/handle life, something like that. And please correct me if I am wrong.

Well, perhaps that may explain a bit a mentality of a cult member, myself included in the past.

The amount of LRH' references available for manipulating one into submission is more then needed. He covered it all, or most of it. And he found plenty of believers to support, spread, apply, misapply, abuse and republish it all. And more.

What Ron failed to accomplish, despite of all the alleged and perceived brilliancy of his, are the states of Clear and OT. Just my opinion, of course.

NOW, I WISH LORI TO REUNITE WITH HER KIDS, HER FAMILY. MOST OF ALL!

Just like I did with mine. I got really lucky, well, thanks to my own determination too.

I apologize for the wall of text, I can probably wright a book on the subject,

first-hand experience. I might do just that soon.

 

What really matters though, is a social awareness of a deceptive BS like that and its exposing.

Thank you everyone who cares.

Love you people.

P.S. Please, sign the petition: http://wh.gov/4Os

Exposed
Exposed

Somehow, this kind of abuse is not mentioned in "What Is Scientology?" impressive tome/s...Well, NOW IT IS, albeit in public domain/Internet, etc., stripped of a fake PR.

There is still disconnection in $cientology in present time, probably happens everymonth/week  these days, in one shape or another. And it's always assisted,ordered or manipulated by the "Church" officials. And yes, in their minds it is justified by the scriptures of The Source - L. Ron Hubbard, misinterpreted or otherwise. Only a few month ago, my family members were given only a several hours by the "Church" official/s to decide if they gonna stay with me or the "Church", since I was declared a suppressive person that day for voicing my disagreements online. Imagine what was that like.Although, I'm sorry for asking you to imagine that.

Then, $cientology people offered my friends ("Church" members), who happened to be my co-workers, hundreds of dollars  to quit their job, so they won't interact with me in any way...

I am NOT making any of this up, unfortunately. I WAS part of this cult for many years and I WAS a hard-core believer/practitioner, you name it. I even wanted "to clear this planet" - civilization without insanity, wars, crime, where able can prosper, etc., all that GOOD stuff.It really broke my heart that I fell for this con trap...

There are so much good on $CN PR DISPLAY, from looking up words in dictionaries, ridding body of toxins, clearing mind from engrams, on and on till one believes ANYTHING (including great memory, health, understanding life, living, oneself, others, mind, spirit, perhaps "re-gaining super abilities" and personal immortality) and becomes part of the most ethical group, the only group that has ANSWERS....

I believe, LRH mentioned somewhere that $cientology is more important then LIFE, because it it can explain/handle life, something like that. And please correct me if I am wrong.

Well, perhaps that may explain a bit a mentality of a cult member, myself included in the past.The amount of LRH' references available for manipulating one into submission is more then needed. He covered it all, or most of it. And he found plenty of believers to support, spread, apply, misapply, abuse and republish it all. And more.

What Ron failed to accomplish, despite of all the alleged and perceived brilliancy of his, are the states of Clear and OT. Just my opinion, of course.

NOW, I WISH LORI TO REUNITE WITH HER KIDS, HER FAMILY. MOST OF ALL!

Just like I did with mine. I got really lucky, well, thanks to my own determination too.

I apologize for the wall of text, I can probably wright a book on the subject, first-hand experience. I might do just that soon. What really matters though, is a social awareness of a deceptive BS like that and its exposing.

Thank you everyone who cares.

Love you people.

P.S. Please, sign the petition: http://wh.gov/4Os

HermanJ
HermanJ

This is a sin that cries out to Heaven.

How does it feel to have sunk so low that even your friends must bend down before theycan spit on you?

Anothersurfer999
Anothersurfer999

All good thoughts to Jeremy for a full recovery.

And all good thoughts to Lori and her family as they try to negotiate their way through scientology's barriers between a mother and her son and her other children -- those beings she brought into this world through her own body.

What kind of sick "religion" would try to keep her from her son's side at a time like this? 

This is the question that her ex-husband should ask himself, and the question I and those who are close to me ask.

Jim -- is this REALLY how your religion dictates you behave?  And if so, how the hell can you justify it?

So sad... Jim, this is SO sad.

One of many Exes
One of many Exes

I had put up with a lot of hard stuff these several days, but this hit me so hard! I cant stop myself from crying. I am happy she got to see her son and especially to hear him say he loves  his mom. Sooner or later love conquers! I wish her son soon fast recovery.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

So happy to hear Lori's son pulled thru OK and that she got a moment to tell both her kids she loves them.

Scientology - YOU SUCK and your oppressive tactics of of ruining peoples lives with your evil practices and despicable policies is hopefully coming to an end.

How many more horror stories like this one needs told before these spiritual terrorists finally get what's coming to them?

Herod
Herod

This makes me want to vomit.  Truly, we see scientology for the evil that it is.  

Alas, if this story broke 1 year earlier (when the son was a minor), there would be a whole can of whoop-ass to open up from a legal perspective. 

Nevertheless, it remain thoroughly vile and indecent.  I would highly recommend the hospital obtain an Ethics consult if they have that resource available.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Brava, Lori, for continuing to be a mother to your children in the face of such terrible pressure. I pray that one day soon, both your children will understand how deeply you love them. xox Kate

N.
N.

Of course now this family is really in for hell. Can you imagine the number of Security Checks and the masses of goon squads that are going to be posted around their house and in their rooms? Even if the family all leave the church they're going to be hounded for years and years. It's going to be a mess.

Deanblair06
Deanblair06

May God bless you Tony. Your articles of truth about Scientology have been well received by the public. I pray you will continue until the C of $ is no more and that DM is put in prison where he belongs.

May God bless you Lori.  I understand what you are going through and I pray that it is resolved to your satisfaction.  I lost my own daughter through the disconnection policy in Scientology.

ScientologyAdvocateMarkMiglio
ScientologyAdvocateMarkMiglio

"Your son is 18, and by the privacy laws we're not allowed to give out any information."

Please, let's respect the privacy laws, leave the boy alone.  If you want to get back in good standing with him, make amends for your offenses.  Maybe you were a good mother, maybe you were a bad mother.  That is not the point.  I am fairly certain that Jeremy will welcome you back if you stop attacking his religion.

* If you are interested in the story of Scientology, this is not the blog to read.  I would ask you to consider the possibility that there is an anonymous circle of public commentators that write for this blog, who have mentally imprisoned its author, Tony Ortega, into some sort of matrix that has the earmarks of a covert, hypnotic brainwashing operation.  It is for this reason that I protest. 

We can be thankful that there is a like-minded community of spiritual people that resist the conduct of individuals, groups, and organizations that toil daily to discredit or destroy all good people and decent organizations. 

Today this anonymous circle endeavors to discredit Scientology; tomorrow they may very well succeed in tearing down your religion. 

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Love
Love

It should be the next topic for a new petition

SFF
SFF

Within this irrational framework, disconnection is rational. It's a bit like CS Lewis describing modern Christian attitudes towards witchcraft:

"[S]urely the reason we do not execute witches is that we do not believe there are such things. If we did—if we really thought that there were people going about who had sold themselves to the devil and received supernatural powers from him in return and were using these powers to kill their neighbours or drive them mad or bring bad weather—surely we would all agree that if anyone deserved the death penalty, then these filthy quislings did?"

Unfortunately, Scientologists certainly believe there are SPs.

Vistaril
Vistaril

I think you'll find that "disconnection" is very much an essential component to Scientology, just have a look at some of the L Ron Hubbard scripture concerning this:

Tape: 6505C18“Organization and Ethics”

Tape: 6506C08 “Handling the PTS”

HCO PL 23 Dec. 65RA Rev. 10.9.83 SUPPRESSIVE ACTS, SUPPRESSION OFSCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS

HCO PL 7 March 1965RB I, SUPPRESSIVE ACTS, SUPPRESSION OFSCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS

HCO PL 5 Apr. 65 - HANDLING THE SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, THE BASIS OF INSANITY

HCO PL 7 Aug. 65 - SUPPRESSIVE PERSONS, MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF

Tape: 6608C02 “Suppressives and GAEs”

Tape: 6608C25 “The Antisocial Personality”

HCOB 27 Sept. 66 THE ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY THE ANTI-SCIENTOLOGIST

HCOB 24 Apr. 72 I C/S Series 79 PTS INTERVIEWS

HCO PL 3 May 72R Exec Series 12 Rev. 18.12.77 ETHICS ANDEXECUTIVES

HCOB 10 Aug. 73 PTS HANDLING

HCOB 29 Dec. 78 THE SUPPRESSED PERSON RUNDOWN

HCOB 31 Dec. 78 II OUTLINE OF PTS HANDLING

HCOB 31 Dec. 78 III EDUCATING THE PTS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDHANDLING: PTS C/S-1

HCO PL 20 Oct. 81R PTS TYPE A HANDLING Rev. 10.9.83

HCOB 8 Mar. 83 HANDLING PTS SITUATIONS

HCOB 10 Sept. 83 - PTSness AND DISCONNECTION

. . . let me know if you'd like to consider any scripture in regard to what LRH says about attacking Scientology's leader.

Old OT7
Old OT7

And Herod?  As much as you think radical scientology is evil?  It is even more evil than you can imagine.  Jonestown type evil.  Nazi type evil.  Pol Pot type evil.  It's almost incomprehensible the level of their evilness.  

Old OT7
Old OT7

Sadly, what N. posted is 100% true.  The fact that Lori's son got a message to his mom that he was ok is enough to send him to the RPF for years.

Kate O
Kate O

Okay fine, the guy is 18 and legally an adult.  Then what business was it of his father's who came to the hospital, who posted what on Facebook and who his son does or does not want to see?  18 years old and can make choices on his own, right?  Then what's wrong with mom coming to the hospital and letting the kid say no, don't want to see you?  Or say no, I don't want the note.  Can't have it both ways my friend. 

If he's 18 and can decide that he doesn't want to see his mom, then why aren't you saying the same about his dad?  Why can't the 18 year old make decisions without dad's involvement?  Why was dad upset that a cousin posted her concern and calls for prayers on her Facebook?  Why the text messaging? Why was dad so concerned about an independent 18 year old possibly seeing his mom?

Yeppir
Yeppir

I am truly appalled that a real human being would make these statements. This person is either a true sociopath or fully indoctrinated and knows not what he says.

Neither conclusion makes me feel better.

Mark Miglio: the truth is, those who "have questions" REALLY CAN get them answered without you. Do you honestly believe that the absolute only place to get the truth about scientology is from scientology? Doesn't that just ring a little wrong up inside your melon?

You were not born without the ability to think for yourself. It just simply cannot ALL BE BULLSHIT, right? Please, just give me a nod.

Honey. The world is a good place, by and large, and it is a MUCH better place than the one you have mocked up with your other scientologist cohorts. I promise.

It will be hard at first. But you can do it!

Oh, and BTW: sign the petition:

http://wh.gov/4Os

Old OT7
Old OT7

You've even sunk to new lows, you brainwashed clam!  Really, how dare you!  What a piece of dog shit you are.

LeeAnneClark
LeeAnneClark

Mark, I want to thank you for this post.

We all knew you were a weak-minded, brainwashed loser clinging desperately to a batshit-crazy UFO cult. But what we didn't know for sure until you posted this is that you are an evil, morally bereft fuckhead who willingly supports keeping mothers from their children for no reason other than the fact that they believe different things about aliens.

You are irredeemable. You are a monster. You are destined to die alone, rotting from the cancer that will eat you from the inside out (in whatever form of physical illness your evilness eventually takes), while your beloved "church" will abandon you for "pulling in" your disease.

Maybe at that point, moments before you die in screaming agony all alone in the world, will you look back and realize...DOOP! I sure fucked up!

sketto
sketto

You have no ethics if you think that there is ever a reason to intentionally keep a mother from her son. Even if she attacks his religion.

If you can justify breaking up families, then your moral code isn't worth anything.

Old OT7
Old OT7

Number 1:  scientology  is not and never has been a religion.

Number 2:  Just shut the fuck up and  go away.

Sid
Sid

Mark you would nearly be funny if this whole situation with Lori and her family was not so horrific.

It must be difficult for you to see the evil of your belief system laid so bare for the world to see. Your suggestion that we have somehow mentally imprisoned Tony Ortega is so ridiculous and laughable that I can't even be bothered to discuss it further, although it does raise genuine concerns for me over your mental well-being.

I think you need to get a grip man. You are defending the indefensible; you are tolerating and in fact encouraging the break-up of families.

Disconnection is the last vile line of defense of David Miscavige, it is the final thread by which many Scientologists around the world hang to an organization they know in their heart of hearts has grown ever more corrupt.

The great parliamentarian Edmund Burke wrote in 1770 that "when bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

The more modern translation of this is "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".

Well Mark, I know you want us all to do nothing about the abuses going on in the Church of Scientology, but we will not. Lori Hodgson knows about these abuses and she is speaking out, and she has every right to speak out, and she does not deserve to be disconnected from her family for doing so.

Mark one day I truly hope you will wake up and be ashamed of your words today, because on that day you can start your long walk towards redemption. Today you are defending a monster, and we all know it.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Dear Fuckhead,

Disconnection was precisely what Dante Alighieri had in mind when he designed the Ninth Circle of Hell.

Hope you like cold weather, because that's going to be the climate of your afterlife, Sci-Bot.

Duncan Arthur
Duncan Arthur

Mark, Scientology took your soul. Now you're an insufferable and delusional c----

Torychristman
Torychristman

"Today this anonymous circle endeavors to discredit Scientology; tomorrow they may very well succeed in tearing down your religion" BS! My name is Tory Christman. It used to be Tory Bezazian, until I left C of $ and my husband divorced and disconnected from me. I was "in" C of $ for 30 years. I escaped out (literally) in July of 2000.  Anonymous circle? I'm in What is Scientology, dear. WTFU, Please.When I was "in"..I was a volunteer for OSA, and one of their many programs wasexactly what you just said: "Spread around to other churches that THEY had better watch out and help "us" (C of $)---because this COULD happen to them."

No it cannot---as other churches don't do the abusive things your phony, non church organization does to harm others: Breaking up of families, stopping free speech, medical abuse, fraud, "Fair Game", being a business pretending to be a church, roping in young kids to your slave camps. You suck and you don't even know it.Well guess what? The rest of the world DOES.

Tory Christman, X-OT 7, X-Grad 5 Auditor, X-Flag Trained and Interned Security Checker, X-OSA volunteer for 20 years, X- Top Secret OSA Int Internet Mafia "Volunteer", X- Executive Director of The Scientology Parishioners League: FREE AT LAST!!!!For more info and facts, please see my YouTube Site:www.youtube.com/ToryMagoo44

Warrior
Warrior

Hello, Mark MiglioYou wrote, "I am not a staff member but I will do my best to provide you with ... simple answers that to assist you when unwanted situations may have you overwhelmed."I would like some simple answers as to the names of the Sea Org adults who ordered my minor son, Patrick, to clean out garbage dumpsters by hand, with not even so much as a pair of gloves or a shovel. This happened in the Sea Org EPF in PAC. My son was 14 or 15 (1988-1989) at the time. While on the EPF program, he was made to get inside of and clean out garbage from a dumpster near the "Horseshoe" entrance (on Catalina Street) to the Cedars Complex. The dumpster contained used razor blades, rotten food infested with maggots, used tampons, broken glass, and all manner of disgusting garbage. I'd like your help getting the names of the individuals responsible for this despicable act.Will you help me please?I can be contacted by email at warrior [at] xenu [dot] ca

Mia
Mia

Climb back under your rock! You are an idiot!!!

chuckufarley
chuckufarley

go back to washing the dishes there piling up.

Sara in Zurich
Sara in Zurich

Mark, I think I speak on behalf of many when I say - fuck you, you brainwashed dummy.

Muiron1
Muiron1

Your justification of disconnections just goes to show that the policy is alive and well. One does not have to disconnect from a parent just because that parent does not believe in their religion and/or openly leaves the religion. And the C of $ actively encouraging disconnection between a minor child and his/her parent is intolerable. Neither Tony Ortega nor any of the people commenting on this site are hurting $cientology more than disconnection is hurting the C of $. Jeremy should have the right to see his mother despite her leaving the C of $.

hgc
hgc

When I read that boilerplate, I am reminded that, "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

Dingo Dongo
Dingo Dongo

"some sort of matrix that has the earmarks of a covert, hypnotic brainwashing operation"

This is extremely funny.

Draconis Zeneca
Draconis Zeneca

Curse you crafty Scientologists!

You have discovered our Fifth Invader Force™ Sooper Seekrit™ Religion Scientology Discrediting Plan! It's true, the vile, religion-hating hack we've planted here on Teegeeack is not Tony Ortega, but a clever shapeshifting, reptilian imposter. We are keeping the real, nice Tony Ortega locked away in our Cydonia Planitia Implant Station on Mars. We assure you he's in fine fettle and whiles away the hours drinking wholesome CalMag shakes, slamming niacin tablets and playing whist with Xenu, the Cherub from Incident One and a rather large gorilla.

And yes, we will be coming after other religions in time, but only the ones with prison camps and disconnection policies that charge their marks exorbitant fees for every single step they take on their entirely fabricated path to enlightenment.

And by all means, get people to read Hubbard's unintentionally hilarious books, it's the best possible way to dissuade the uninitiated from joining your gloomy band of interplanetary bureaucrats.

Have a nice day,

Lord Draconis ZenecaSomewhere in Low Teegeeack Orbit

Sanddancer
Sanddancer

Offenses? Of all the unmitigated gall. Your church wedged this poor lad between his father and his mother, and you talk about "offenses". Did you read the part about how the boy's father didn't want Lori to find out that her son had been injured? Did you read about their active blocking? Did you read about how when he was passed a note, he did respond? It sounds very much to me like this boy desperately wants to stay connected with his mother, but is blackmailed by your so-called church into keeping quiet.

Scientology is not decent, scientology is not good. Scientology destroys families, commits emotional blackmail to try to keep former members' heads down. Decent, good churches, like Catholicism, Unitarianism, Buddhism, etc, don't have disconnection policies. Decent, good churches believe that peoples' immortal souls are more powerful than a so-called suppressive force? If scientology is so strong and powerful, then how can a single SP cause this much damage to a person's spiritual relationship?

BloodyRue Andrue
BloodyRue Andrue

 Thursday 2:pm

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, Thursday no moar.

John 4:15

sketto
sketto

I think "Investigate David Miscavige" should be the next petition.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Wow. Thanks for all the references. There's LRH scripture regarding attacking Scientology's leader—specifically that? I'd love to know that, thank you. And we never called it scripture or canon when I belonged to the Sea Org—we thought we were an applied religious philosophy. That's what I joined, anyway. But yes, thank you—those LRH refs, please? xo Kate

Herod
Herod

 I read somewhere that the founder of scientology worshipped satan, or thought he was going to be satan.  Worked out for him, apparently.

Exer
Exer

It can very likely be the opened door to him blowing too! That's my hope for he and his sister!

Mark Miglio - you obviously have no children and no clue what unconditional love is.

Draconis Zeneca
Draconis Zeneca

No it's not really all that funny. Especially if you're trying to take over a planet. Really, you try to keep the Fifth Invader Force, the Fourth Invader Force, the Marcabians and the Helotrobans in line. Add humans to the mix and it's like herding wild fraax.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Xenu approves this message and requests the alien invader force to commence a full probing of all of ScientologyAdvocateMarkMiglio's orifices.

Old OT7
Old OT7

That he did.  He was an enthusiastic follow of Aleister Crowley, know in the UK as the Great Satanist.  His first born son, LRH Jr. said in a magazine article:  "You have to understand, my father didn't worship Satan, he thought he was Satan."

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