Scientology has a written policy concerning good public relations.
L. Ron Hubbard announced this policy for making his cult look good in his HCO POLICY LETTER OF 3 FEBRUARY 1969 on Public Image.
“…you have to go civic, go outside Scientology, get support, organize committees, plot out campaigns, work for outside finance, etc.
In handling the above public image policy, you don’t announce the policy.
The policy is expressed in community action, well press covered, not just in statements. Committee meetings, deputations, picketing, big names, events.
You figure out the story that will be written, then do it, seeing it gets covered by having the press to hand.
Make all issues hot, exciting, brutal or sensational. Go strictly circus in the type of message.
You can and must ally with real humanitarian and civil-rights groups (getting press coverage for every such contact).
You can and must approach governors, parliamentary committees, big names, big activities and get press coverage for every contact.”
Ethical, true charity focused religions have no need for written instructions on how to fool non members into thinking they are good. Indeed, the amount of time and energy it takes to create, enact and maintain such pantomime far exceeds that of actually doing the charitable acts in the first place. Like the many staged photo ops by the Volunteer Ministers, Scientology has elevated the avoidance of actually doing measurable good to an art form.
Scientology’s Policy of Pretense can be seen regularly on social media where various front groups post feel good public exhortations designed to make them appear relevant and concerned.
In accordance with this theatrical doctrine, Stand League recently tweeted heartfelt gratitude to founding father Thomas Jefferson.
This astounding acknowledgment by Edward Parkin begs the question; did the man even read Jefferson’s Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, known as the Virginia Statute?
Parkin, the presumed author of Stand League’s article, includes a quote from the statute leaving the reader to wonder if he perhaps closed his eyes and randomly pasted it into his piece. Here the hypocrisy and disconnection from reality is so beyond the pale as to be irretrievably broken.
Minister Parkin, the same ordained Scientologist who spends the majority of his time degrading, attacking, abusing and libeling anyone who exercises this exact right, chose this statement by Jefferson:
“Be it enacted by General Assembly that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of Religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities.” (Emphasis ours)
One sweep of Thomas Jefferson’s quill demolishes Scientology’s policy of Fair Game.
Parkin’s choice is the last paragraph of Jefferson’s statute. Perhaps he chose this to avoid reading the entire thing.
Jefferson’s very first sentence begins, “Whereas, Almighty God hath created the mind free;”
Scientology not only dismisses God as extraneous but its whole ideology is the destruction of free will and independent thinking.
Conform or face the consequences.
Immediately follows the statement, “That all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens, or by civil incapacitations tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and therefore are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being Lord, both of body and mind yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do,”
Not only does Jefferson’s Virginia Statute prove the innate wrongness of Fair Game, but it concisely destroys Scientology as Hubbard created it.
“That it tends only to corrupt the principles of that very Religion it is meant to encourage, by bribing with a monopoly of worldly honours and emoluments those who will externally profess and conform to it;”
Hubbard promises all manner of worldly honors from the curing of ills to success in one’s career. He insisted that only through his teachings, Dianetics and Scientology, could Man become free.
That Edward Parkin would feel no twinge of conscience in lauding this incredible work that so succinctly deconstructs Scientology is utterly amazing.
This is exactly the public show that Never Ins must be made aware of.
On the face of it, no one could fault the defense of religious freedom. Without an understanding of the corrupt, two faced, rotten core of Scientology, one might see such social media contributions and conclude that while a bit weird, still Scientology means well.
Reality belies the carefully constructed public face, however.
It would do well to remember that the same man who praises Thomas Jefferson’s defense of religious freedom, actively and maliciously works to deny others that same freedom.
“…nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief…”
Is this not an apt description of the actions of Scientology against those who have renounced the cult and spoken against it? Are Mike Rinder, Leah Remini, Amy Scobee and so many others not being molested and forced to suffer on account of their opinions surrounding their former “religion”?
Edward Parkin is supposedly an ordained minister in his so-called religion. A religion that has embraced the hate, division, racism and anti-Semitic vulgarity of The Nation of Islam.
Never Ins be warned; Scientology has two faces and one forked tongue. Any good one sees in the public forum is nothing more than policy designed to fool and mislead the public. A public whom Scientology looks down upon in superior scorn.
There is no freedom in Scientology.
No religious freedom, no freedom of opinion or thought nor freedom of self.
Never take anything Scientology says at face value because it is, in the end, nothing more than smoke and mirrors hiding the truth.
“And finally, that Truth is great, and will prevail if left to herself, that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”