At the celebration of the 26th anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists in southern England, where the association was founded in October 1984, I witnessed the release of a new short video scheduled for broad publication by the Church of Scientology that shows Scientologists’ social responsibility and how they view the role of the individual. It’s about the length of a television ad, so I recommend you watch it in full…
Well, sadly, he’s been at it again. But this time it’s with a twist, so, here’s a little light viewing to illustrate how John Sweeney and his puppetmasters have wasted some of that £4bn budget this year:
As we enter the second half of 2010, Churches of Scientology and their parishioners around the world have just finished three weeks of celebratory gatherings, updating them on news of the Church’s religious and secular activities since the beginning of the year. It’s also a chance to announce new things, which last week included the release of four additional Scientology ‘ads’, intended for TV and internet broadcast as an introduction to the religion for the broad public. Continue reading →
Someone asked me recently if there were any “teachings” in the Scientology religion concerning politics, or anything that might indicate a particular political leaning among Scientologists. So, having just returned from the polling station, I thought I’d answer the question here on my blog. Continue reading →
Damn good question; Christians have Christmas, Hindus (and Sikhs and Jains) have Diwali, Muslims have Eid-ul-Fitr, Jews have Hanukkah, and so on. So it’s only fair you should know what Scientologists consider the important dates in their yearly calendar, particularly as we approach the almost universally-accepted cultural celebration of New Year’s… Continue reading →
In the secularised world of the United States, Christmastime is ‘officially’ referred to by most institutions as the “holidays,” not to be confused with the English word “holiday,” roughly translating into the American English “vacation”. But here in the UK, Christmas is Christmas, and it is recognised as being a Christian celebration. So what of Scientology at this time of year? Do Scientologists celebrate Christmas, for instance? Continue reading →
Flourish: to be in a state of activity and production; expanding in influence; thriving; visibly doing well. Prosper: to achieve economic success; succeeding at what one does.
Recently the truly excellent (IMHO) short film director and Scientologist Taron Lexton completed work on a visualisation of the 1981 nonreligious moral code by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, The Way To Happiness. It’s basically a feature film but the characters don’t have any dialogue as such; rather the narrative is provided by a word-for-word reading of the book, with the video imagery supporting and helping visually explain the content. Never seen anything quite like it, loved it, end of story. So here’s a quote from my favourite part of the book, the penultimate (second-to-last) chapter: Continue reading →
“A civilisation 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, are the aims of Scientology.”—L. Ron Hubbard, September 1965.
Having been away for a while, I haven’t written on this blog for 27 days. A lot can happen in 27 days… Today we’re going to add some truth to the media soup. Firstly, the majority of time I have been away was spent preparing for the 25th anniversary celebrations of the International Assocation of Scientologists (IAS), the Church of Scientology‘s membership organisation which, through membership dues and donations, funds Church-sponsored religious and secular activities such as its Volunteer Minister programme, secular programmes in anti-drug and human rights education, and new, ideal Churches of Scientology in capital cities and cultural centres around the world. Continue reading →