The Scientology case confirmed that “disconnect” (aka: shunning)
is a recognised religious beliefs protected by the first amendment. However, as
you have read before, I submit that these cases did not have to render judgment
on the right for religions to enforce such belief, aka: coerce their members.
Like the church of scientology, religions who practice
shunning do not contend to teach and order shunning, they go a step further:
They punish those who do not submit to this order, thus coercing their members.
Yes, you are correct, Government, Parents and employers use
their position of authority to coerce. However, they cannot do it in any way
they see fit. For instance, in Canada, employers are in fact not allowed to tolerate
shunning within the workspace as it is considered a form of bullying! The same
would go with parents. Should they actually used this type of mental cruelty
within their household, no one would be surprised to see child services intervening
and possibly removing the children from such a toxic environment.
JW are very much aware of the “by product” of their practice
and actually wish it upon their ex members. This can be seen through their
magazines equating such pain as a form of discipline from God. The problem however
is that in the end, though it has been presented to the courts as a by-product,
it is not. JWs actively threaten members who would not respect the shunning order.