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Scientology man banned to family

Title: Scientology man banned to family
Date: Tuesday, 30 July 1968
Publisher: The Times (UK)
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From Our Correspondant

East Grinstead, July 29

John McIlvenny, aged 21, a former scientologist, told the magistrates at East Grinstead, Sussex, today, that his fiancee, parents and other relatives could no longer have anything to do with him because he had been declared a "suppressive" by the organization which has its world headquarters at Saint Hill Manor.

He was charged with stealing two diamond rings, together worth £650, from another scientologist, Mrs. Helen McKee of Forest Row, Sussex. Mr. McIlvenny, of no fixed address, was appearing for sentence on this charge and was put on probation for three years.

Mr. Antony Evans, chairman, commented: we are very concerned about the support you will get because of the ridiculous situation with the scientologists over a suppressive person and all that nonsense.

"It is quite apparent that owing to your disastrous association with scientology you are in the position that your family are not able to stand up for you. Because of this situation, which we deplore, we must give you some support."

*A scientology dictionary defines a "suppressive" as one who actively seeks to suppress or damage scientology or a scientologist by suppressive acts."