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’

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