What’s up wogs? If you’ve tried to crack the evolving puzzle that is Scientology, then you’ve definitely heard the phrase “Suppressive Person.” But what makes you a Suppressive Person? Are you born Suppressive? Or do you slowly grow that way over time after learning that L. Ron Hubbard isn’t actually friends with Santa Claus? The thing is, Suppressive people can actually come from anywhere. They can be other Scientologists, people from outside the church, and even children. It doesn’t matter who you are - if you’re a Suppressive Person, Scientology doesn’t want anything to do with you. As with most of the teaching of Scientology, the steps to becoming an SP are constantly evolving. What made you an SP yesterday may not make you an SP the next, and vice versa. If you want to stay on the church’s good side, it’s important that you keep reading and follow these rules to a T.
It’s not just people that can be Suppressive. Things and corporations have also made the Church of Scientology’s naughty list, and in 1992 a list of Suppressive groups and persons was leaked to the press that featured everything from offshoot sects of the church (a big no-no in the COS), to the first and last names of everyone who was deemed to be an SP at the time. As that list was published in 1992, you can be sure that many people, places, and things have been added since it was released. If you’re worried about becoming an SP, or if you want to go out of your way to start a war with the Church of Scientology, then make sure you read about all the ways to be declared a Suppressive Person.
Leaving The ChurchPhoto: Gramercy Pictures
Out of all the things that a person could do to get themselves labeled a Suppressive Person, leaving the church seems to be the most innocuous, and it's unfortunate that simply deciding that a weird pseudo religion isn't for you is enough to make your friends stop talking to you forever. As some former members have discovered, they don't even have to stir the pot when they leave to be added to the list of SPs in the world; they just have to leave. Bonny Scobee, a former Scientologist and current Suppressive Person discussed her transformation into an SP, saying, "I didn't mind being declared [an SP]. They could've declared me a thousand times. I didn't care ... but I cared for [my husband]. I didn't want him to give up his dreams or his wife ... I mean, we do love each other." While the strange acronyms and science fiction make this situation seem silly, it's terrible that the church has the ability to split a family apart just because someone doesn't want to take part in their reindeer games.
Goofing Things UpPhoto: SBS International
When was the last time you goofed things up? Probably recently right? If you're like most people in the world, you goof things up on a daily basis. Well don't tell the Church of Scientology that, or you're going to be put on the SP list with the likes of Napoleon and Hitler. According to COS doctrine: "A Suppressive Person will goof up or vilify any effort to help anybody and particularly knife with violence anything calculated to make human beings more powerful or more intelligent ... Within this category one finds Napoleon, Hitler, the unrepentant killer, and the drug lord." Take that, Hitler.
Getting Into Evil ValencesPhoto: NBC Universal
If you're like everyone reading this right now you're probably asking, "What the f*ck is a valence?" According to Church doctrine, a valence is a false identity that pre-clears can take on that makes them act like someone other than themselves. By taking on "bad boy" valences a person can turn themselves into an SP without even knowing it. As LRH said, "It might interest you how an SP comes about. He has done something to dish one and all in. He’s been a bad boy. Now, the reason he got to be a bad boy was by switching valences. He had a bad boy over there, and he then in some peculiar way got into that bad boy’s valence. Now, he knows what he is, he’s a bad boy. See?" Yeah, see?
Speaking Against The Current ManagementPhoto: HBO
Like any big business, when David Miscavige's new management moved into power in the world of Scientology they did their best to either do away with the original teachings laid out by L. Ron Hubbard, and what they couldn't erase they altered to fit their ideals. One member of the church, Grace Aaron, was declared a Suppressive Person after writing several internal reports suggesting that Miscavige's people had altered L. Ron Hubbard's original directives. After she was declared to be suppressive, the church allegedly tried to convince her husband of almost 30 years to file for divorce, and when he stuck by Grace, he was declared a SP an few months later.