Fairmans Disarm Scientology Disconnection

Michael, Sky, and Joy Graysen Fairman have delivered a big, effective legal blow to Miscavige and Scientology Inc on the subject of DISCONNECTION.

Shortly after Michael and Joy declared independence from the church, two Scientologist doctors informed them that they and their daughter Sky were no longer welcome as patients at their medical practices.

Joy and Sky

Michael and Joy diligently attempted to obtain a rational, lawful explanation for the sudden terminations.  None was forthcoming from either Dr. Benest or Dr. Thorburn.

Michael and Joy decided to take a strong stand to vindicate their civil rights and assure others were not similarly abused in the future.  They retained a seasoned litigator, Bruce C Gridley of Kane, Ballmer & Berkman in Los Angeles.

They sued Charlene Thorburn, Doctor of Chiropractic, her Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center and Dr. Lisa Benest and her professional corporation in Los Angeles Superior Court for:


(see the first lawsuit here)

The suits were not based on any animosity the Fairman’s held against either doctor, who were considered friends, but on the fact that they appeared to be guided by the church’s policy of ‘disconnection’, which the Fairmans’ find abhorrent.

Michael Fairman

On March 14th 2012 the Los Angeles Superior Court entered judgment in favor of Michael and Joy and their daughter Sky against Thorburn.

More recently Dr. Benest settled the Fairmans’ case against her with a stipulated judgment and dismissal.

The Thorburn case – complaint, pleadings, and final judgment – can be obtained from the LA Superior Court under case number BC474478 (2011).   Those pleadings and final judgment could be used as precedent by your own counsel should you suffer any of the harms alleged in the Fairmans’ case by the application of DISCONNECTION by members of Scientology Inc.

Michael, Joy and Sky did everyone a great service.

I, for one, am eternally grateful to them for standing up for their rights and the rights of all of us.

Thanks to Michael, Joy and Sky for making things change.

140 responses to “Fairmans Disarm Scientology Disconnection

  1. good on them! not taking any shit. Time to stand up and be counted!

  2. Wow! Michael, Joy & Sky – you hit that one out of the park!
    Your dedication and tenacity for freedom is absolutely remarkable & inspirational. You just did life a great service – thank you.

  3. Well done for fighting discrimination. Disconnection will be ruled out at the end. As it was the last weapon of Miscavige, he will fall. Next year without Miscavige?

  4. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! ha! ……….. I salute the Fairmans for putting on their department 21 hat! We do not have to suck up suppression because of who we are and what we are. When people actually begin to punish you for exploring Scientology, they are wearing the hat of suppressor. A doctor’s sacred oath is to never do harm.


    “If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all humanity and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my life.”

    In the Church of Scientology culture a doctor would be required to abandon their oath.

    Is nothing sacred anymore in that crowd?

    • What is the ethics office oath by the way? Do they even have an oath?
      Can you imagine if they had to swear to do no harm? Instead of putting the short list of items HARM ATTACK OR SUPPRESS ? CHOOSE ONE! GO DELIVER AN EFFECTIVE BLOW! YEHAWGY! GIT YOUR OP TERM GAME ON! in front of the member to choose from?

      Meddling in medical issues and practices has backfired more than once.

      When the ethics officer told this man to “handle” his son, with no understanding of medicinal powers, or health conditions, how “ethical” was that?

      “A church ethics officer then told Thomas Brennan to direct his son to leave the apartment and to “handle” him according to Scientology policy, records say. Thomas Brennan locked his son’s Lexapro in the trunk of his car. Kyle Brennan was dead within 24 hours.”


      This is just another “out of alignment with society” red flag.

  5. Excellent. It is a great example of “you can be as cowed and fearful as you want to be in your private life, but if you want to do business in society, you need to confront the fact that there are people who differ with you.”

    Great work. It is a shame we need to do this, but it needs doing.


  6. Congratulations to the Fairman Family on setting an important precedent that will stand for many years to come. I hope Dr. Thorburn and Dr. Benest have come to see that one must abide by the law and that no one or organization is above it. And that disconnection is discrimination.

  7. May more step up and use the laws of freedom that this great country has given us as a gift.
    Use that freedom and bring them down, bring those who spit in the face of human devency down.
    Every broken family, every broken heart is a price that this disgusting ideology will pay.
    Use that freedom, stand up for it, demand it. It is ours to right. It is our life!

    “and the first shall be last and the last shall be first”

  8. Gerhard Waterkamp

    I really want to thank Joy, Sky and Michael personally. Great job and you helped me a big deal. Thanks to your efforts I only had to threaten a law suit when the church ran their slander campaign against me and my family and also went to business associates and had them completely back off. You showed them where this would go.
    Great job, you did all of Scientologists a great and valuable service.
    The function of “disconnection” is a tool for the COS to control. It is not motivated by any other reason. The purpose is to blackmail individual Scientologists to speak their mind as if they do they are faced with the consequences of losing family members, business associates or employees.
    The other side of the coin is if you are in good standing with the church and do not disconnect the church will levy hefty fines on you in form of tens of thousands if no hundreds of thousands in heavy sec checking.
    So this legal decision puts COS parishioners between a hard place and a rock. – If they try to follow an avoidance strategy. (Avoid the church penalties and disconnect as the simple solution). It will force them to look for themselves and do the right thing rather than the easy one. There is now equal pressure on the other side of the coin and I hope that Michael, Sky and Joy execute their legal victory to the full extend and collect as much damages as possible from the defendants. Too bad it is them, especially as Lisa Benet is not a bad person. But they did do commit an evil act instead of sitting down, study up on the references confront the subject and make the only correct decision possible per LRH,- tell the corrupt MAA to shove it.
    Being a sheeple and let oneself being instigated into disconnection should have its just penalties. I hope the plaintiffs see it the same way.
    So this legal victory if fully executed has not only the real potential to end disconnection, but can also force a number of sheeples to really confront the situation. This could be a real cornerstone for the final collapse of the church as it will weaken their control of the herd and may awake a number of drones.
    Thanks again.

    • Thank you Gerhard! I also believe the purpose of disconnection is to stem the bleeding of truth IN to the parishioners and staff and the bleeding OUT of sheeple as they realize the heinous deception they have fallen prey to and move in exodus…

  9. Your courage and stand against the despicably evil practice of disconnection is very admirable. You have done a great service for all of us.
    Thank you!
    As a side note, Marty, you are also definitely creating an effect on the Demented Dwarf. Very recently, when our daughter disconnected from us due to our disagreements on how the church is being run, she had obviously been coached not to use the word “disconnecting”. In fact, she repeatedly stated, “I am not disconnecting from you, I just can’t have this [disagreement] in my life.” Purely semantics.
    The above with the Fairmans is very encouraging. Thanks again.

  10. Michael, Sky, and Joy,

    Thank you for stomping a steel-towed boot on the neck of this wrecking crew led by this nefarious sociopath, David Miscarriage.

    If prayers are appropriate, you’ve got mine.

  11. Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support and validation. We stand together with you in ACTION – to end this tyranny. We felt we needed to ACT and damn the consequences.
    If we believe the same things, that is a start – but change is not made until we ACT. Please, each and every one of you – ACT. I know many, many of you already are and I applaud you. It is the right thing to do.
    Please, the time is now. The beast is wounded. Every slingshot and arrow will make a difference. STAND UP! I know you can do it!

  12. This is such great news! So happy that the courts got it right this time!!!

  13. This is good news. When I was last in LA, I believe it was Joy & Sky that sang at an AOLA graduation night. This was truly beautiful what I heard and I was also saddened as I knew I was leaving LA for good. This news changes that loss.

  14. Congratulations Joy, Michael and Sky. Now Joy you’re going to have to sing “Flag Is NOT Here” with its suppression, aberration and disconnection. I’m a Clw local and attended many graduations and heard your beautiful voice many times there and the early days of Saturday Night Cafe at the Sandcastle! What a treat. Well Done on your victory. Choosing to go after a former friend is NEVER easy…and never a clear-cut decision…it has to weighed-out.

    On a separate note…This film, The Master, about LRH that was released this week…if Misgarbage had any real balls he’d file suit to protect LRH’s name. Isn’t that that one of the functions of RTC…to protect the name and trademarks? No…his style is go after people who don’t have resources to fight back. Taking a stand for real justice with someone or some group (Harvey Weinstein) that would come out swinging hard…Nahhh…he’d rather hide in the bunker and “kick the cat” on his dwindling inner circle!

    • Regarding filing suit to protect LRH’s name: you cannot libel a dead person according to the existing laws throughout the United States and most of Europe.

      *I am not a lawyer*

      Michael A. Hobson
      Independent Scientologist

  15. Joy, Michael, Sky: Thank you for your courage and effectiveness. Clear to me that you probably hated actually doing this; that you really liked your doctors and didn’t want to do them harm. My hope is that the rumor lines are ablaze and that other professionals are frightened s..tless that the next process server will be at their door for agreeing to disconnect from business clients with no better justification than corp church direction to do so. I suspect you have helped others way beyond whatever you may think.
    Love to all of you, Yvonne

  16. Nicely done guys! As Marty mentioned, it may indeed be the precedent in future battles for freedom.

  17. What is so amazing to me, is I know that the Fairmans love LRH.

    They are NOT fighting against LRH.

    They are thinking sanely, like probably LRH even would want ALL Scientologists to think.

    So this is an excellent job, well done, a pass on innumerable Scientology Course Checksheet “practical” drills and essays, all those drills and essays which ask the trainee Scientologist to go apply the principles out there in life.

    I’d have loved to sign off the Fairman family’s checksheets, for their deeds above, counting these deeds as real life applications of the sanest principles of what they learned in Scientology.

    What a twist, that Scientologists have to leave official Scientology, go legal, and win legally, and thus demonstrate the moral higher ground of the principles they learned as Scientologists.


    Pass for the Fairman family on application of what they’ve learned in life!

    What an interesting historical moment, a true blue ex official Scientologist family, but who are still Scientologists, winning over extremist and irrational Scientology behavior.

    And a celebrity family, to boot!

    If there were an Independent Scientologist community award to be given, then the Fairman family should get that award!

  18. It is interesting that the Co$ did not back the loyal followers who obeyed the command to “disconnect” or your destiny is gone! No attorney’s to bully them – maybe this will be the key to the future. Go around the cult and make the individual Scientologist’s responsible for their decisions to act so inhumanely. They may think twice. It would be great if the Fairman’s could do another mass e-mail to all Scientologist’s everywhere. It certainly will make them think twice before disconnecting. Maybe they will wake up and get out themselves before it turns on them. No one escapes the criminal activities of the Co$ – no one in is safe!

  19. Joy, Michael, and Sky,

    “Our belief is that the true “interest” earned will be an end to the destruction of family and friendships by a policy and attitude that belongs to the “Dark Ages”. – Michael

    Thank you so very, very much!

  20. Cece Kruchko Smith

    Very well done Fairmans!

    “Standing with a bland look while Joe sticks pins in someone or something is not good manners, it’s idiocy!”
    “If it is present, when that is cured, the group will become a joy to be with and work will become a breeze.”
    L. Ron Hubbard HCOPL 22 July 1982 Knowledge Reports

    LRH would be very proud of you all!

  21. :-) Thank you guys!
    now I just wish they’d actually practice what they preach and disconnect from me!

  22. As previously, forgive me for going off topic, but the following legal news may also be of interest.


    Tampa Bay Times: Church of Scientology paid two private investigators millions to trail David Miscavige’s rival, lawsuit claims


    “Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige ordered surveillance on one of his former church rivals in a secret operation that lasted 25 years and ate up millions in church funds, a Texas lawsuit alleges.

    The two private investigators who filed the suit say the church hired them to conduct intensive surveillance on Pat Broeker, a church leader who worked closely with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in the 1970s and ’80s. Broeker was ousted by Miscavige in a power struggle after Hubbard’s 1986 death.”

  23. dear michael and family,

    great work! so happy to hear the news. in celebration the wife and i pulled out our dvd set of firefly and watched “the train job” in your honor. and may we say your role was great, love your acting, as we love your actions.

    best wishes

  24. Well done for paving the way!!

  25. Well done to the Fairmans . I think the corporate scientologists are stuck back in some incident , maybe germany in the 30s and 40s !

  26. Awesome, so glad for you guys and for everyone that this will help to get out of the dark ages of Miscaviage’s viciousness.

  27. Welldone!

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  30. Dear Michael and Family,

    Thank you so much for standing up for all of us parents whose children have disconnected from us as a hate crime, just because we had the integrity to realize that staying with the church of lies would be the greatest harm we could do to our kids by example. We would be saying to the prisoner in jail, no we are not interested in helping you to become free instead we will continue to enable you to stay in the prison.

  31. Speaking of disconnection, Jenna Miscavige just announced a tell-all book with the title,”Beyond Belief: My Secret Life inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape.” It is to be published by Harper’s imprint William Morrow in January.

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  33. That is so awesome!!!!! Why can’t these educated professional value the laws of the land and their ethical duties?? Also, why would you let anyone decide who you can and can’t communicate with!

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