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The unperson // Scientologists who cross their religion can be declared suppressive persons, shunned by peers and ostracized by family

Title: The unperson // Scientologists who cross their religion can be declared suppressive persons, shunned by peers and ostracized by family
Date: Sunday, 25 June 2006
Publisher: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Robert Farley
Main source: sptimes.com

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Religions have always penalized those who betray the cause. Catholics excommunicate, barring the wayward from church rites. The Amish, Jehovah's Witnesses and some orthodox Jewish sects shun their nonconformists. In the Tampa Bay area's burgeoning Scientology community, members abide by a policy considered by some religious experts extreme: Scientologists declare their outcasts "suppressive persons." Another Scientology policy — called "disconnection" — forbids Scientologists from interacting with a suppressive person. No calls, no letters, no contact. An SP is a pariah. Anyone ... [Read the rest at sptimes.com]