The Answer to Hate is Truth

STAND League’s blog posts are usually off point. Either the post starts out as one thing then turns into an attack, either overtly or covertly, at Leah Remini and Mike Rinder or it is a preachy, patronizing attempt at moral teaching.

Enter the recent post by a Laurie Bartilson entitled The Answer to Hate is Love.

Considering she is part of an organization that actively works to destroy any healthy relationship it is laughable that she would presume to write about love.

With policies of Disconnection, Knowledge Reports and the internal splitting up of families; Ms. Bartilson may clearly understand hate, distrust and anger, but not love.

Laurie’s cult is an entity of raw, nurtured negativity.

Members watch each other like hawks for any Overt action, any toe out of line, then they write up their tattle sheet and submit it to Ethics.

Fear is a constant motivator and punishments are swift.

There is no room for love in a cult where people are taught to attack others and the world is your enemy.

All this negativity is justified by Scientology’s idea that anything goes in the business of Clearing the Planet.

Including lying and outright hypocrisy.

Referencing the shooting in Christchurch, AU, Bartilson writes “The pain and grief suffered by the victims and their families is overwhelming to imagine. But while we ponder how it is that one human being—any human being—could commit such a heinous act, let us not fail to notice the sympathetic, kind, and loving outpouring that people of goodwill have extended to those suffering from intense pain and grief.”

She ponders how even one human being could commit heinous acts against another over religion.

There is an answer right in your own back yard, Laurie.

Your so-called religion is deeply partnered with The Nation of Islam and that is really not a good look for someone who wants to teach the rest of us that love conquers all.

“The Nation of Islam is a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its “deeply racist, antisemitic and anti-LGBT rhetoric,” and its primary teaching promotes black racial superiority.”

NOI’s leader Louis Farrakhan directs the way thousands of his followers think with his ugly, inflammatory teachings.

“Satanic Jews have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.”

—Sermon, 5/27/18

“At the end of a talk to students at the University of Tehran law school, Farrakhan led the chanting of the common Iranian refrains “Death to Israel” and “Death to America,” and was joined by members of the audience.”

Tasnim News Agency, 11/4/2018

“White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through,” Farrakhan said towards the end of his speech.”

Bigoted, racist, homophobic and promoting violence against his enemies, Farrakhan leads his NOI through hate and NOI is embraced by Scientology.

How does one justify such a partnership while at the same time presuming to instruct others about love?

Love cannot exist without honesty Laurie, and that honesty needs to begin with you.

You cannot reach out your hands to comfort and support when those hands are already filled with the mud being slung by your own.

The words you speak denouncing hate crimes and intolerance are all hollow and empty when those you address watch your Medal of Freedom swing from the neck of their persecutors.

Honesty overcomes hate, Ms. Bartilson.

Love comes later, once there is trust and confidence established.

How can anyone trust the words of Scientology when the actions are so diametrically different?

To tell those who have suffered horrendous evil at the hands of unstable, hate filled attackers that you understand and support them while Louis Farrakhan stands at your side is surely a contradiction that cannot be explained away.

There can be no acceptance, inclusion, tolerance or love without honesty.

Of the Christchurch victims Bartilson writes “The Scientology community offered a rapid and heartfelt message to all its members to respond with love, support and solidarity for the Christchurch victims, with International STAND Director Edward Parkin reminding us that, while we cannot take away the pain and suffering of the Christchurch Muslim community, we can and should “ensure that this event brings us closer together, rather than what the perpetrators most want: to drive us apart.”

Yet how can Scientology offer words of solidarity and support all while embracing those who are actively working to cause anger and division for the White Community, Jewish Community, LGBTQ Community and others?

How can anyone trust the words of a Scientologist under these circumstances?

Laurie Bartilson goes on to quote Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner,

“Speaking for the international Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, reminded us that, “In Ecclesiastes, we are taught: ‘if one attacks, two can stand up to him. A threefold cord is not readily broken!’ (4:12). Liberation from the plague of bigotry will require moral people of all faiths, races, and cultures to bind together against hateful forces that seek to sow division. We must say, with one voice, that white supremacy, xenophobia, and bigotry have no place in society.”

Scientology is not standing up to Louis Farrakhan.

They are standing up with him and all he represents.

Bartilson quotes the Rabbi’s assertion that “We must say, with one voice, that white supremacy, xenophobia, and bigotry have no place in society.”

Actions speak louder than words.

Words are not enough, Laurie.

Not nearly enough.

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