Scientology videos

This new Scientology video channel is so cool.  I love the video on what Scientologists say about Scientology, and the human rights and anti-drug PSAs.  And I think my favorites of the Way to Happiness ads.

But the best thing is that they’re all online.  That’s so cool because people ask me about Scientology all the time and now I have someplace to send them, to find out!

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DDB awards Scientology founder, anti-drug crusader

Quezon City (14 February)- Known for the drug rehabilitation and education techniques that he developed, L. Ron Hubbard earned a plaque of recognition from the Dangerous Drugs Board Tuesday, with world famous singer and Scientology advocate David Pomeranz receiving the posthumous award on his behalf.

Secretary Anselmo S. Avenido Jr., DDB Chairman, recognized Hubbard for his humanitarian commitment and as the “source of information and wellspring of inspiration”. He further stressed that the DDB is sincerely grateful for his contributions in the fields of drug education and rehabilitation, and for being someone who did not stop at being mere anti-drug advocate but instead came up with a concrete technology to counter the ill effects of drugs. >>

Nice thing to have!

I now have an unassailable good natured and cheerful certainty in myself. A quiet confidence that nothing can really trouble me for more than a short time because I know that I will quickly find a solution. I find that that certainty and self-confidence play themselves out in my life.>>

LA Times Almost Gets it Right on Scientology

Michael Shermer of the LA Times almost got it right, starting his editorial with these words: 

Imagine reading this news release: “Hello, Jews. We are anonymous. Over the years, we have been watching you. Your campaigns of misinformation; suppression of dissent; your litigious nature, all of these things have caught our eye. … Anonymous has therefore decided that your organization should be destroyed. For the good of your followers, for the good of mankind – for the laughs – we shall expel you … and systematically dismantle Judaism in its present form. …”

The rantings of crazed neo-Nazis, right? No. Substitute “Jews” and “Judaism” with “Scientologists” and “Church of Scientology” and you are reading from a statement issued by a group of anti-Scientologists calling themselves “Anonymous.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Shermer then indulged in his own brand of religious intolerance, passing judgement on Scientology beliefs as the self-proclaimed authority that he is not.

With the specious argument that other churches don’t “charge” for their services (No. Some tithe 10% of one’s income; some live off the interest of their 2,000-year long investiments and property; some require that one pay for attendance at high holy day services and for the religious training of their sons and daughters to be confirmed in the church or religion; some merely pass the plate), he fell into the same trap that intolerant, narrow-minded men of all ages have relegated themselves to. 

This country was founded on the philosophy of freedom of religion.

This is the country to which the Calvinists, Quakers and Huguenots fled when they found discrimination in Europse intolerable.

This is the country my own grandparents came to at the turn of the last century to escape the Russian pogroms–traveling in cattle boats, earning enough money in New York to bring over the family of eight, two children at a time.

These and so many more came here because they cherished the freedom to believe as they saw fit and the right to practice their beliefs.

Mr. Sherman succumed to the skeptic impulse (read compulsion in this case) of denigration of all belief.  He would have done well to have stuck to his first and accurate premise.

Americans in the 21st Century, and particularly those who profess to be the intellectual leaders of our civilization, would do well to recognize that the strenght of this country comes from its initial philosophical premises, and the very character of America is tainted by bigotry as it weakens the foundation of what made this country great.

Scientologist Speaks Out

Long term Scientologist, Ken Eckersley, wrote a column for the “Faith” column of the New Statesman

Ken is an “elder statesman” of Scientology and the column makes some excellent points:

Mahatma Gandhi famously replied, when asked what he thought of western civilisation, “I think that’s a very good idea.”

I subscribe to the aims of Scientology which are: “a civilisation without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights”.

Similar aims have been held by millions of people through the ages, yet still we have insanity, crime and war in abundance – probably more than ever. One’s inclination can be to shrug and say these aims are impossible.

But my experience is that there are two fundamental requirements to being able to make some decent progress towards their achievement:

1. Recognising that each individual person has a spiritual nature and that they are basically good, no matter how “bad” they might be in their current state.

2. Having a workable technology that can assist each individual person to become his or her true, good self. Whilst it has proved impractical to help “the masses,” you can help individuals and they can help themselves and others if they know how. Then it becomes a question of increasing the numbers of individuals helped.

For me, L Ron Hubbard and Scientology have provided both of these requirements.  >>

Discrimination comes in many shapes and sizes

Hillary Clinton vs. Tom Cruise

I saw this video on Spiritually Inclined and was taken aback by how similar Hillary’s statements are to those of Tom Cruise. Check it out yourself.