“Since its founding in the 1950s, the Church of Scientology has been a staunch defender of fundamental human rights, including freedom of speech.”
Freedom of Religion is a fundamental basic human right.
Article 18 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
In the United States, an important part of the First Amendment is not just one’s protected right to practice his preferred religion, but also one’s protected right not to practice any religion.
Recently an article appeared on a Las Vegas, Nevada news website that highlights an ongoing history of Scientologist owned businesses displaying a cavalier disregard for the rights of their employees.
According to KTNV Channel 13, onetime Republican Assembly member for District 35, Lawyer, Scientologist and CEO of Affinity Lifestyles Brent Allen Jones found himself the target of a discrimination lawsuit by multiple former employees.
Jones’ company is the maker of a Nevada bottled water brand, Real Water, which found itself under fire for being linked to non-viral hepatitis resulting in 5 children being hospitalized. The Food and Drug Administration issued a “Do not drink” warning for the product which can be seen here.
One couple initiated a lawsuit against Jones and Real Water after they and their 2 year old became ill with the child being hospitalized due to liver problems. All three have since recovered.
Compounding Brent Allen Jones’ legal troubles are several defamation lawsuits, including by Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez, a Catholic who alleges that during her employment with Affinity Lifestyles she was forced to watch Scientology videos that promoted the group’s religious beliefs.
“Echevarria-Hernandez as a brand ambassador in March 2015, the company made her watch Scientology videos, she alleges in an April lawsuit. For each Scientology ‘self-betterment course’ Echevarria-Hernandez completed, she would receive a pay raise of 25 cents per hour, she says. When she skipped the videos, her coworkers and superiors turned ‘hostile,’ firing her after just seven months with the company she says.”
Jeramy Edgel, former distribution manager and chief of staff for Real Water, also filed suit, alleging that Jones required Edgel “to attend several Scientology-based facilities including ‘Narconon,’ a Florida-based rehab facility that Edgel called ‘Scientology boot camp.‘ He was also reputedly told “I needed to go do my Purif if I wanted to continue with the company.”
Brent Allen Jones is not the only Scientologist violating the First Amendment right of freedom from religion.
A 2009 defamation suit, EEOC v James Orrington D.M.D eventually ended in an almost half million dollar settlement over sexual and religious harassment and retaliation. In this case, Orrington faced claims by former employees that he subjected “them to sexual harassment, including sexual propositions, comments and touching; forcing them to engage in Scientology religious practices and learn about Scientology as conditions of their employment; and/or retaliating against employees who complained about the sexual or religious harassment.
Doctor Dennis Nobbe, owner of Miami based Dynamic Medical Services paid out $170,000.00 to settle the lawsuit brought against him in which “The EEOC charged in its suit that Dynamic Medical Services, Inc. (“DMS”) required Norma Rodriguez, Maykel Ruz, Rommy Sanchez, Yanileydis Capote and other employees to spend at least half their work days in courses that involved Scientology religious practices, such as screaming at ashtrays or staring at someone for eight hours without moving. The company also instructed employees to attend courses at the Church of Scientology. Additionally, the company required Sanchez to undergo an ‘audit’ by connecting herself to an ‘E-meter,’ which Scientologists believe is a religious artifact, and required her to undergo ‘purification’ treatment at the Church of Scientology.”
In 2018 Wyoming based Teton Therapy was sued by employee Julie A. Rohrbacher who “…claimed she was denied a promotion at work because she wouldn’t enroll in Church of Scientology courses. She said eventually was fired…”
Rohrbacher further alleged that she was denied a promotion because she refused to enroll in Scientology courses in Florida and “…also complained that as part of her training she was forced to sit within a few feet of her manager and stare into their face for a half hour. She also didn’t agree with being forced in a training program that had employees and managers yelling derogatory remarks at one another.”
For all its adamant insistence that Scientology is the planet’s greatest defender of human rights and religious freedom, once again the reality refutes the illusion.
Across social media and the Internet one sees blatant, malicious examples of the intolerance and abusive policies embraced by this cult. Attacks on Mike Rinder, Leah Remini and other former members who have stepped up to speak out are numerous and easily found. These terroristic attacks are not just one part of Scientology however.
L. Ron Hubbard’s Frankenstein creation is equally rotten across the board. The cult employs control, abuse and deceit in every area it touches.
There is nothing remotely charitable or humanitarian about COS. Human rights and freedoms are only acknowledged, protected and respected for Scientology.
It is vitally important for Never Ins to always look beyond the façade and expose the filth beneath.