Scientology is a cult of greed, deception, abuse and ultimate psychological terrorism.
Where true religions teach compassion, tolerance and forgiveness, Scientology attacks, hates and destroys.
Because of their immutable sacred doctrine of vengeance, hostility and the eradication of the individual, it was necessary to also engage in the creation of a fictional, ill fitting public persona in order to try and mitigate public backlash.
L. Ron Hubbard wrote specific policy on how to create a positive public image, it reads in part:
“HCO POLICY LETTER OF 3 FEBRUARY 1969
…the time has come to also build a public image as an outflow publicity action…
…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.
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…
Build up Scientology celebrities that can speak and meet the public in your area.”
Cultivating such relationships in order to provide Scientology with supporters, defenders and allies is a form of “Safepointing.”
For more information on Safepointing see Mike Rinder’s blog here.
Nowhere is the need for a Safepoint more desperate than in Clearwater, Florida.
In the 1970s Scientology slithered into Clearwater under cover of an assumed name buying property and beginning what would become a decades long hostile takeover of the city. Once then Mayor Gabe Cazares revealed that the “United Churches of Florida” were in reality the cult of Scientology, he became the target of “The Mayor Cazares Handling Project” and “Speedy Gonzales”. So desperate to destroy Cazares, OSA attempted to frame the Mayor both for a hit and run as well as an ugly sexual scandal.
During the intervening years between then and the present Scientology has turned what could and should be a vibrant, flourishing Downtown Clearwater into a contentious, uncomfortable ghost town. False fronts line sadly empty sidewalks, hiding dark vacant buildings; a Potemkin village of lost revenue and souls.
Clearwater citizens rely on the Tampa Bay Times and intrepid journalist Tracey Mcmanus to keep them apprised of their nasty neighbor. Her excellent investigative reporting has been a thorn in Scientology’s side that they cannot dislodge.
Into this uneasy standoff a new Scientology Safepoint has appeared to defend the “rights” of the cult to continue their mission of attrition of the City.
Chris Latvala, FL State Representative, Dist. 67, appears to have outed himself as a Scientology Champion by taking aim at Mcmanus, going so far as to publicly call her a bigot.
OSA most likely celebrated their win, happily reporting they were up-stat for the day.
As a Representative for Clearwater one wonders if the man has ever stood on the barren streets of downtown. If he’s actually considered the potential millions of lost tourism revenue Scientology has so effectively deprived the City of through their backhanded purchases of hundreds of properties across Clearwater. Something Tracey Mcmanus brilliantly covered in October of 2019.
Chris Latvala’s website describes him as “A tireless advocate for Pinellas County and the constituents of House District 67,” of which Clearwater is a part. He also claims he is “A strong supporter of our children”.
It would seem Latvala comes from a family of Scientology supporters.
Given that Scientology has a documented history, through hundreds of former members, of child endangerment, neglect and outright abuse Latvala’s defense of the cult seems especially confusing.
Latvala defends his support of Scientology in a subsequent Tweet to Pastor Willy Rice.
Representative Latvala’s comment is beyond disingenuous, more a smarmy political attempt to look good than anything that can be taken as true.
Scientology is a cult, not a religion. Latvala’s assertion that they are deserving of First Amendment rights and protections is absurd and frankly dangerous. As someone sworn to uphold the law and protect his constituents this elected official fails to understand that there are no First Amendment protections for fraud, abuse or crime.
What is Chris Latvala actually defending?
In a final bit of hypocrisy, Latvala claims to be a Christian.
If this is true then one must remind him of some Christian Truths.
First Mr. Latvala no man can serve two masters. Scientology has stated publicly in their IRS Tax Exemption Application that they consider all the writings of their founder, L. Ron Hubbard to be sacred scripture.
Here is part of that scripture:
“For those of you whose Christian toes I may have stepped on, let me take the opportunity to disabuse you of some lovely myths. For instance, the historic Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure (he) has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred…. You have only to look at the history his teachings inspired to see where it all inevitably leads. It is historic fact and yet man still clings to the ideal, so deep and insidious is the biologic implanting….
No doubt you are familiar with the Revelations section of the Bible where various events are predicted. Also mentioned is a brief period of time in which the arch-enemy of Christ, referred to as the anti-Christ, will reign and his opinions will have sway … this anti-Christ represents the forces of Lucifer (literally, the ‘light-bearer’ or ‘light-bringer’) Lucifer being a mythical representation of the forces of enlightenment…. My mission could be said to fulfill the Biblical promise represented by this brief anti-Christ period.
— L. Ron Hubbard, Student Briefing, OT VIII Series I”
As a Christian, this level of blasphemy cannot be defended. Doing so makes you as heretical as Scientology is.
Scientology also teaches that they are Mankind’s only hope for salvation, effectively dismissing and denying the core, fundamental doctrine of Christianity- Jesus’ crucifixion, death and resurrection.
By being a public Safepoint for this cult you are betraying every Christian belief and value we hold as unquestionable Truth.
This is a matter of Faith.
Even the appearance of supporting such heresy and blasphemy cannot be allowed. It is a Sin. If you are going to publicly claim your Christianity, which is the unwavering belief in Jesus’ Passion, death and Resurrection for the salvation of Man, then you cannot also defend a cult who claims they are Mankind’s only hope.
Politics aside in this matter of salvation either you believe in this Truth or there is room for doubt. You are making a choice to model a lack of faith in Our Lord by allowing Scientology to proselytize heresy.
This is a Truth that must be said.
In any case, Chris Latvala’s support for Scientology by publicly attacking someone who is working in the best interests of the City of Clearwater displays an egregious lack of concern for the citizens of Clearwater.
It also shows that he is completely disconnected from those he claims to represent.
Pinellas County residents need to keep this in mind when the next election rolls around.
Do you truly want someone who so loudly defends the Cult of Scientology as your Representative?