Scientology Targets Schools
Possibly not news to many but that most ‘celebrated’ collection of cultist crazies, the Church of Scientology, is targetting children. This global parasite is a perpetual engine which promotes its bonkers ‘religion’ in a quest to swell its own coffers. And it is calling schools to gain access to the curriculum.
Scientology is a business model based on the numbers game and founded on L. Ron Hubbard’s apparent twin aims of self-deification and wealth. Articles, opinion and information abound on the internet and it is easy to get the inside track on this huge organisation. John Sweeney’s much publicised documentaries and book are well worth a look. An interesting summary of Hubbard’s life and personality intertwined with a description of Scientology practices can be found on xenu.net.
They say L Ron also said: ‘Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.’ Sweeney, John. The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology (Kindle Locations 1056-1062). Silvertail Books.
Members of this outfit may be nutcases but they are serious and successful. Scientology is worth “billions”. Despite a number of defections of significant members, the ‘Church’ survives. Perhaps recognising that poor publicity is hurting its treasury, the organisation appears to be knuckling down to the serious business of recruiting under the radar. They masquerade behind a number of benign-sounding fronts: Applied Scholastics, the Association for Better Living and Education, Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights and The Way To Happiness Foundation. The list goes on.
“Take cash in advance. Guarantee nothing. Make sure you stress its spiritual slant and value. Steer clear of promising cures. AND DON’T rush them into auditing. They’ll beg for it soon enough.” — L. Ron Hubbard
Suffer the little children
Particularly worrying are Scientology agents cold-calling schools in order to push their material. Yesterday in New Zealand a local activist calling herself ‘Kim’ targeted busy teachers by hassling a local school switchboard. She insisted on being put through to department heads. Making over 20 separate calls from a mobile number, she offered “teaching resources” in a thinly-veiled campaign of proselytising The Church of Science-Fiction. The up-front objectives are arguably benign and laudable – check out the articles on studytech.org – and no doubt the Church will defend its activities as being wholly in the interests of the youth of the world. Fine but even the most relaxed view of Scientology should question if any funds spent with an organisation dubbed as a “brainwashing cult” is really the best use of scarce educational funding.
… provides the schools [with] overall guidance and technical assistance and support. In exchange, the schools support Applied Scholastics’ program by providing it [with] ten percent of the funds they receive in connection with their Applied Scholastics’ activities.
(Church of Scientology International Exemption Application Form 1023 Attached Statement, 1993)
There is considerable online evidence that Scientology is not a force for good, only for itself. This latest tactic of approaching schools has had success in America and suggests a well-organised campaign of recruitment by stealth. Contact your MP now and register your opposition to allowing this cult anywhere near your kids. You might also want to ask why this business enjoys charitable status in New Zealand.
Justice Anderson, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia:
“Scientology is evil; its techniques are evil; its practice is a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill… (Scientology is) the world’s largest organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy.”