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According to the official website of the Church of Scientology the word ‘Scientology’ literally means “the study of truth.” It claims that “Scientology is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life. The religion comprises a body of knowledge extending from certain fundamental truths.”

At the same time it says that “In Scientology no one is asked to accept anything as belief or on faith. That which is true for you is what you have observed to be true.”

Critics have labeled Scientology as everything from a dangerous cult run by amateur psychologists to a scam exploiting money from its members, writes Herón Márquez.

“We don’t expect mainstream religions to lie, to exploit people, to engage in illegal activity,” said David Touretzky, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. “Scientology is not a true religion, because it does all of these things.”

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Scientology front group strikes out

Baseball club severs ties with Scientology cult front group, Youth for Human Rights

Jordan Hayne, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, May 10, 2015.

Scientology-funded Youth for Human Rights group strikes out with Canberra Cavalry baseball club

It’s a headline that goes for the easy kill, and why not? Here’s what happened: the club cut ties with the group after information of its affiliation with the ‘religion’ had not been disclosed.

It’s about par-for-the course as far as Scientology’s front groups go. They often do not disclose the fact that they are run by, associated with, sponsored by, or otherwise intertwined with the ‘Church’ of Scientology.

These front groups promote popular causes, such as human rights, anti-drug education, literacy and education and other ‘social betterment’ programs — as Scientology refers to them.

Critics believe the cult uses this approach in an attempt to a) buy itself some respectability (its not easy being known as a cult that destroys relationships), and b) recruit people into the church scheme.

As TIME wrote back in 1991:

One front, the Way to Happiness Foundation, has distributed to children in thousands of the nation’s public schools more than 3.5 million copies of a booklet Hubbard wrote on morality. The church calls the scheme “the largest dissemination project in Scientology history.”
– Source: Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power, TIME magazine, May 6, 1991 (About this article)

The article about the Scientology front group striking out, also notes that

In 2009, it was revealed Youth for Human Rights sent pamphlets and DVDs to schools across Australia.

The materials showed revolutionaries like Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Ghandi alongside an image of the religion’s founder L Ron Hubbard.

Bottom line: carefully check the affiliations of organizations that seemingly represent good causes. If you don’t, your school, club or business may inadvertently be taken in by a Scientology front group.

Another alert: Beware of Scientology’s ‘Volunteer Ministers’

Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

bullet The Scientology cult — whose members boast of being the ‘most ethical people om earth’ — has once again been caught behaving badly.

In a fund-raising appeal in Australia and New Zealand, the money-hungry cult has misappropriated an acronym of legendary importance to Australians and New-zealanders.

For every $10,000 donated for the New Zealand Ideal Org, no matter your existing status, you will be awarded the new prestigious award of an ANZAC!

As former Scientology top executive Mike Rinder explains

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was a First World War army corps that participated in the Battle of Gallipoli. For Australians, the Battle of Gallipoli is like the Alamo or Pearl harbor. An event that is forever remembered and according to Wikipedia, the campaign is often considered as marking the birth of national consciousness in Australia and New Zealand and the date of the landing, 25 April, is known as “Anzac Day“. It remains the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans in those two countries, surpassing Remembrance Day (Armistice Day).

The cult may now face hefty fines for its misuse of the ANZACacronym. No doubt it will squeeze its members for extra donations to cover the loss.