Saturday, January 26, 2013

Scientology's Bad Times - Why I Am Afraid

No doubt that Scientology is in the midst of its worst time in history politically, legally and in the press.  Big law suits, F.B.I. investigations, the press and media, are all having a field day taking pot shots at the "church".  While many of us feel that the end of the "church" is near, bringing cause for a party, it is also a time of consternation.  In many cases past, cults, especially ones with charismatic leaders, have gone to great lengths to avoid criminal investigations, law suits and mass defections, many times to the point of extermination of their flocks.  While I have some hope that Scientologists may have enough of their own minds left to avoid such a tragedy, I have no doubt that David Miscavige is the kind that would, if he felt pressured enough, order a final solution.  Or, he may just order new quarters for the International Base be built in some third world country where he can be a law unto himself.

In the second case, he even has Hubbard policy on his side:

"Somebody some day will say ‘this is illegal.’  By then be sure the Orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not." - L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 4 January 1966, "LRH Relationship to Orgs"

This is not a joke.  While the rest of the world is busy laughing at the antics of Miscavige and his minions, The "church" has been busy making social and political inroads in the third world countries.

In 2003, the National Ministry of the Interior for Taiwan recognized the Church of Scientology of Taiwan as a charitable religious institution, officially adding it to the rolls of the country's recognized religions.  Young Scientologists take to the streets during peak traffic, and distribute copies of The Truth about Drugs series of drug education booklets.  Over the past year alone the Church of Scientology conducted 99 drug education events in Taiwan and distributed 45,150 anti-drug booklets.

Friday, June 11, 2010
Papua New Guineans join church of Scientology

MORE than 300 people in the National Capital District have signed up for training courses offered by the church of Scientology through its team of volunteers, The National reports. Since its official opening and welcoming ceremony on Monday, Scientology volunteer ministers have attracted many city residents to their exhibition tents at the Murray army barracks playing field. Australian team leader Mathew Andrews confirmed yesterday that he had recruited seven PNG volunteers to help with the training of participants who signed up to learn more about the group and its ways. “Many people have shown an interest. “We are getting about 100 people a day and have more than 300 here with us,” Andrews said. He said since putting out advertisements in the newspapers, he had been getting between 30 and 40 calls a day from people wanting to know more about the organisation. Andrews, who was running a training program for the new recruits at the campsite yesterday, maintained that Scientology was all about helping people help themselves and others in overcoming life’s problem and make the world better.

And then there is this:

In Tonga, part of the Samoan chain, Scientology has been busy bringing its Narconon style of alcohol rehabilitation to the area.  Tonga has, perhaps, the highest indigenous alcoholism rate of all the Pacific Islands.  Scientology/Narconon has been setting up alcohol and drug education and rehab centers there as part of its Pacific Campaign. 

No cause for concern?  I would like to remind you that Papua New Guinea is a law unto itself and  that West Samoa and Taiwan have NO extradition treaties with the U.S.  You see some cause for fear here?
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