The Church of Scientology has been in the news various times regarding their tax exemption status. They did in fact receive it in 1993 with official recognition from the IRS. A good thing considering the fact that they do tons of work with other non-profits around the world and are in fact a religion.
So, one would naturally consider that a good thing for the Church. Especially if you were a member, you would probably celebrate. Right? That's where Freedom magazine comes in to point up the most bizarre reaction that one Marty Rathbun had when his (then) own Church had such a great win.
He went totally psychotic! He must totally hate people, help, happiness, religion and non-profits. Whatanut! You would have to be in order to be kicked out of Scientology. Freedom mag says:
1993: Notwithstanding Rathbunâ€™s irrational and psychotic desire to fight, fight and fight some more"preferably until the end of eternity"the leader of the religion managed to bring to an end a 40-year conflict with the IRS, resulting in the recognition of the Church and all its related social betterment organizations as fully tax-exempt. So protracted had been this battle that its genesis preceded the birth of most Scientologists. Consequently, it was no overstatement when the victory was announced as â€śThe War is Over!â€ť live before 10,000 Scientologists at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, with satellite replays to congregations in hundreds of cities world over.
While Scientologists celebrated this monumental accomplishment as the history-making event it was, to be looked back upon by generations of Scientologists to come, Rathbun ran away in the middle of the night"without so much as a word to his colleagues, friends or even his wife. When he contacted the Church a week later, it was assumed the pressures of the external battles had taken their toll on him and he was granted a two-year sabbatical. Meanwhile, his superiors had to clean up the remaining legal skirmishes he had created and left behind. (Rathbun would not confess for another decade that his departure was not due to external pressures but, rather, because the war was over and he was prevented from realizing his desire"to start a new one.)
Quick! Somebody lock him up. Sounds like he would do anything for a war.
Today, heroin abuse in France is so widespread that some
authorities, rather than trying to stem the epidemic, advocate
legalization to try to curb crime rates and the devastating health and
social ills that go with the drug.
Volunteers with the Church of Scientology’s “Say No to
Drugs, Say Yes to Life” campaign are taking a different approach:
informing and educating youth and the public at large about drugs to
prevent their abuse in the first place.
“So much effort is being spent on the symptoms of
drug abuse. It’s like trying to stop a train after it derailed,” said
Agnes Bron, spokesperson for the campaign in France. “Of course the
symptoms have to be dealt with, but the vast majority of the effort
should be going to education and prevention.”
The Say No to Drugs Association distributes informative pamphlets on drugs. The most recent, “Heroin: Death in the Blood,”
is a well-documented publication which presents the truth based on the
experience of those whose lives have been shattered by abuse of the
highly addictive drug.
The “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” campaign, which
began in French-speaking Switzerland close to a decade ago, has become
known throughout France, from Paris to Bordeaux, from Nice to Marseille
— and has spread to countries around the world.
The campaign is an initiative of members of the Churches
of Scientology. Remarkably, amid the sea of chemical “solutions” now
available for the problems of living, one group has remained 100
percent drug-free — members of the Church of Scientology. While
Scientologists are not opposed to the use of medical drugs and
antibiotics for the treatment of physical conditions, they use neither
street drugs nor any of the dangerous pharmaceuticals pushed as a
solution to everything from depression to overweight. To
Scientologists, the reason is simple: drugs not only threaten one
physically but spiritually.
Churches of Scientology deliver counseling and training
services that effectively remove the real reasons people turn to drugs,
and they organize and support drug education and prevention campaigns
in countries throughout the world. Church members also support the
widely acclaimed Narconon drug rehabilitation program, which has more
than 70 centers in 29 countries.
Volunteers of the Say No to Drugs campaign provide factual
information about drugs and meet with teenagers in person to deliver a
clear and simple message: Despite what you see on television or in
magazines, drugs are not “chic.” They are deadly.
“The only lasting way to fight drugs is to provide
accurate information which prevents people from turning to them in the
first place,” said Bron.
“A young person who is unaware of the dangers of drugs may
smoke a joint of cannabis in order to be just like their friends,
falsely assuming the drugs will do them no harm,” continued Bron. “But
would you board a plane knowing your pilot had just smoked a joint
The First Step Towards Prevention
Unable to establish an efficient prevention policy, some
government officials instead push for “liberalization” of drug laws
including legalization of so-called “soft” drugs such as marijuana, as
well as even heroin. Show business and media figures have also lobbied
heavily to sell the idea to the public.
“It’s trying to solve the wrong problem,” said Bron. “We
sorely lack enough measures for education and prevention, and
rehabilitation programs that get to the root of why a person turns to
drugs in the first place.”
Few substances are more deadly than heroin. Once the
currency of street addicts who injected it directly into the veins,
heroin is today touted among the more affluent as a fashionable drug
which can be smoked in glass pipes or sniffed like cocaine.
Yet many of those who start on the drug soon find
themselves gradually increasing their dosage, looking for stronger and
stronger trips. Within a short time they are hooked, their lives
unraveling out of control.
“Heroin cut me off from the world,” said one addict
interviewed for the booklet. “My parents shut me off. My friends and my
sisters did not want to see me any more. I was alone.”
“I am 16, I am on hard drugs and I know that my life is finished,” said another young addict.
“Before, I did not know that drugs could kill,” said a
grieving mother. “Now my son is dead and I would like to tell my story
and help other parents.”
The booklet includes precise information to assist parents
in keeping their children from succumbing to the trap of substance
abuse. It is the third in a series of similar publications which
include “Drugs: The Truth About Joints” and “Ecstasy: The Traitor Exposed.” All are distributed throughout France as part of the Church of Scientology’s Say No to Drugs campaign as a public service.
“The first step toward preventing addiction is never to start taking drugs in the first place,” concluded Bron.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th Anniversary Celebrated by Church of Scientology and Ambassadors
The Human Rights Department at the Church of Scientology International
took part in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.
Human rights celebrations were held in more
than 28 nations. These events were aimed at bringing about greater
awareness of basic human rights and human rights abuses and violations
across the globe.
The Department of Education of Taiwan
talked about human rights education in Tapei, playing public service
announcements depicting the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights to elementary school students. Dignitaries and volunteers
in Taichung and Kaoshiung pledged to improve human rights education.
In Melbourne and Sydney, thousands
participated in concerts celebrating Human Rights Day. In Johannesburg,
youth officials held a summit discussing implementing the Universal
Declaration in South Africa.
The Church of Scientology European Human
Rights Office organized a concert celebration in Brussels composed of
European Union officials and members of the diplomatic corps, including
eight Ambassadors and concerned civil society organizations. The group
also previewed "The Story of Human Rights," an upcoming film that
traces the evolution of human rights from 500 B.C.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948
as an expression of the determination of nations that the human rights
atrocities and genocide perpetrated during World War II would never
happen again. The Declaration, and the recognition of its importance on
Human Rights Day, represents a time for all individuals and
organizations to renew their efforts to achieve human rights for all.
The Church of Scientology has been a
vocal force in international human rights over the past 40 years. Since
2001, Scientology churches have sponsored one of the world's largest
non-governmental human rights education campaigns, producing a wide
range of multimedia tools including publications, curricula, and
award-winning public service announcements to make each article of the
UDHR understandable by young people and adults.
Scientology Director at "The Right to Play" -- Not-So-Serious Business
Copenhagen - This year's Africa Day celebration in Copenhagen marked the inauguration of the "Right to Play Cup," a human rights soccer championship co-organized by the Danish African Soccer Academy (DASAC) and Youth for Human Rights Denmark". DASAC is the creation of former professional soccer player Hamid Faiz Junior and the event sought to encourage young African children in the city to become involved in sports, not drugs and crime.
The main attraction of the day was a soccer tournament, pitting the Star Team (Stjerneholdet), former professional athletes including past members of the national soccer team, against a team of African players.
The event raised funds to help build a playing field and school for a soccer academy Mr. Faiz runs for 300 street children in Malindi, Kenya.
The Copenhagen Football Association (KBU) invited all Copenhagen soccer clubs to attend and donate equipment for the Malindi, Kenya project. Among the well-known artists who provided entertainment for the day were the My Gospel Girls Youth Choir and Charles Kinga and the Reggaelution
The "Right to Play" cup gets its name from a phrase coined by Youth for Human Rights International to summarize the concept of article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A video clip about this right, which appears on the Youth for Human Rights International web site, inspired this competition.
The Director of Public Affairs of the Church of Scientology of Denmark was one of the speakers at the event. She said "We support the Youth for Human Rights education campaign because human rights is a priority in our religion. Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, placed so much importance on human rights that he made it the first point in the Creed of the Church of Scientology: 'We of the Church believe that all men of whatever race, color, or creed were created with equal rights.' We are committed to seeing that all young people can be proud of who they are and accomplish their dreams."
Scientology Volunteer Ministers helped out behind the scenes at the EU Cup, 2008.Although more than a million fans converged on Austria for the EU Cup last month the entire event came off without incident. Behind the scenes of this and every huge international sports event are the men and women who see to the safety of those attending and handle any emergencies that arise--emergencies that could easily become catastrophes if not cared for quickly and competently.Those attending the EU Cup could relax and keep their eyes on the ball and their favorite teams and players because the emergency response personnel were keeping their eyes on security. And in appreciation for their work, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers European Cavalcade team decided to make their work a little easier by providing food and drinks to the police, firemen and other emergency workers who were looking out for the welfare of those attending the event.The Scientology Volunteer Ministers European Cavalcade arrived in Austria from the Slovak Republic in time for the EU Cup. There, they had spent several months providing one-on-one help and courses and seminars based on technology developed by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
In July 2007 all fundamental books and lectures of L. Ron Hubbard had been re-released in a high quality form. I got a set and very soon, had a great win, on page 14 of the Dianetics book (DMSMH), where Ron is talking about perceptions.
I have been Clear for many years. When I read again about the perceptions being the comm lines with the universe, a little bit of invalidation I had picked up from others blew off and I had a great resurgence in certainty that my perceptions are right! And that any invalidation of them has come from the cases of others! Another part of this was reading that "the actual computing ability of Man is never in error..." any person computes perfectly on the data stored and perceived. I never realized how profound this is!
"David Miscavige ist der Vorsitzende des Vorstands Religious Technology Center (RTC), das im Jahre 1982 als gemeinnützige Organisation mit dem Zweck gegründet wurde, die Scientology Religion zu erhalten und zu beschützen.
RTC hat die letztliche Autorität über die standardgemäße und reine Anwendung der religiösen Technologien von L. Ron Hubbard. RTC ist nicht Teil der Verwaltungsstruktur der Kirche und befasst sich nicht mit ihren täglichen Angelegenheiten."
Scientology Churches Around the World Gear Up to Celebrate the Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard
L. Ron Hubbard
is a holiday unique to the Scientology religion, celebrated in
Scientology churches and missions around the world every year: March 13th — L. Ron Hubbard's Birthday.
Mr. Hubbard left behind a legacy of technology
that anyone can learn and use to accomplish greater happiness, ability
and spiritual freedom. It is because of this body of knowledge that The Aims of Scientology
can be accomplished: "A civilization without insanity, without
criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings
can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights."
Scientology churches and missions are
dedicated to accomplishing these aims and when they gather to honor
Ron, part of the celebration is a tradition that dates back to the
1970's called the LRH Birthday Game. Churches and missions around the
world compete with one another, and those with greatest expansion and
progress toward these aims are awarded as the year's "Birthday Game
This event is held each year in
Clearwater, Florida, the Scientology "Mecca" — the spiritual
headquarters of the religion. And this year is no exception.
On March 17th this year, at
Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida, thousands of Scientologists
will gather to honor the founder of their religion, get brought
up-to-date on news from around the world and cheer the churches and
missions announced as the winners of this year's game.
But they will certainly not be the only
ones to hear all the great news. In fact Golden Era Productions, a
division of Church of Scientology International, will film and edit the
event and get it to Los Angeles where it will be watched the following
evening by thousands of Scientologists and their friends at the Shrine
Meanwhile, church staff in translations
units around the world will undertake the enormous job of making the
entire event available in 18 languages in time to get it shipped to
every church and mission the world over. They, in turn, will show it at
their own events, most of which are scheduled for the following weekend
on the 24th or 25th of March.
But this is certainly not all they will
see. There are surprises planned that promise to eclipse any
International Scientology event of the past. And you can read all about
it here after the event has taken place!