• A basic tenet of Scientology is to promote strong family relations

    Because Scientology is a new religion, Scientologists often have family members who are not Scientologists and who may practice the family’s traditional faith or no faith at all. This causes no conflict for Scientologists. The overriding policy of the Church is to encourage strong family relationships. Scientologists do not “disconnect” from family members, or from anyone else for that matter, because of a difference of beliefs. There is no policy in Scientology that a member of the faith disconnect from someone who decides to leave the Church. One disconnects when he or she decides not to communicate with a hostile individual who is attacking one personally, one’s way of life or one’s beliefs. These kinds of choices are made routinely in everyday life and are not unique to Scientology.